Author: Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Dallas Fuel’s ZachaREEE: GOATs, Making it to the Leauge, and Trash Talk

During the second week of the Overwatch League, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk to Dallas Fuel player ZachaREEE. We discussed his personal life, the mark he wanted to leave on the league and his thoughts on his place in this meta.

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

California Cup: “Be Valiant” Comes to an End

As someone involved in Los Angeles Valiant event coverage since their initial team announcement, writer Austin Hanlin delves into what has changed from their first local event to their last, the California Cup. 


The first significant difference I detected when I was heading to the Esports Arena for a second LA Valiant event was the energy. As I was driving by, I spotted the team walking inside and saw that they had already begun setting up on the street; I could tell I was in for a fun time. As I made my way to the door and inside, Valiant fans had already packed the entire arena full a good hour before my arrival. The energy at this point was quite lively as the University teams were playing on the stage, fans from the schools cheering them on as they played. I watched for a few minutes, observing the packed crowd before I made my way up to the VIP section on the overlook, which was also packed full. All of it was not so surprising once I learned that they had sold out of VIP tickets the first week they were available;  they’d also sold out of all general admission tickets just the night before.

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.
Team Switzerland

Team Switzerland’s Luca “Luux” Locher Interview

On the first day of the Overwatch World Cup I spoke to arguably Switzerland’s most popular player in their small Overwatch pro scene, Luca “Luux” Locher! He spoke about what it’s like being the best player in Switzerland, how viable Mei is in competitive, and what has been the biggest change in the Overwatch Community since the beta.

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.
Team Brazil

Team Brazil’s Felipe “liko” Lebrao Interview

I sat down with Felipe “liko” Lebrao, one of South America’s best Overwatch players during the Overwatch World Cup. Even with Brazil’s run over, ending at a solid 3rd place, it gave them a good chance to showcase their skills and make a case for South American Esports. Liko had a few thoughts on being a middle-of-the-pack team, on the South American scene as a whole, the weight of representing one’s country and the difference in skill from Contenders to the World Cup.

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

Overwatch League – Boston Uprising vs Los Angeles Gladiators – S3W5

Boston Uprising sit one game away from having a perfect stage, but are the Los Angeles Gladiators going to give it to them? We’ll find out today in the Overwatch League. Expect to see a great game here from both teams, as one fights for a world first, while the other aims to not let it happen.  

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

Overwatch League – Boston Uprising vs Los Angeles Valiant – S3W5

Today in the Overwatch League we have the Boston Uprising going up against the Los Angeles Valiant. One team looking to keep up their winning streak, the other looking to show off their tank line dominance. Who will come out on top today? We’ll soon find out!

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

Overwatch League – Boston Uprising vs Shanghai Dragons – S3W4

It is Wednesday, my dudes, so let’s start with everyone’s favorite team this stage! Shanghai Dragons, Shanghai Dragons. Oh, when you win?  Probably not today, but who knows what the future could hold? Maybe Boston Uprising’s run is just all pure luck, and today it all goes right for you?More than likely, we’ll see Boston showing off their strengths against the worst team in the league, but who really knows?

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

My Time at the LA Valiant Fan Art Showcase

It was a cool Friday evening when I got out the car next to the Gallery Nucleus. Heading indoors, I was met with the Overwatch soundtrack playing lightly over the speakers. I walked past the front area, art for sale lining the shelves. Entering into the main foyer on the bottom floor, I was greeted by all things LA Valiant. A small wall displaying art by the fans and a giant wall made for Valiant themed photos are the first things I see. Read more …

Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

Overwatch League – Shanghai Dragons vs Florida Mayhem – S3W3

It’s another day of Overwatch League with your second match this Friday. Up to bat was the Florida Mayhem and the Shanghai Dragons. Two teams people would say are playing much better than in Stage one or the start of Stage two. But does better for the Shanghai Dragons really mean a win over the Florida Mayhem? Or have the Mayhem been preparing for this match so that they aren’t the ones to lose to the winless team?

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.

Houston Outlaws – Rawkus Interview

Houston Outlaws support ace Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty joined us for a quick chat this past weekend. He talked about his trip to NY and being on national TV as well as the Outlaws approach for Stage Three. Here is what he had to say.

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Austin Hanlin
Austin Hanlin is a London born Overwatch League writer, an avid Spitfire fan who won't miss a single game of theirs. He has been into gaming since he was a kid and picked up Overwatch League as his first competitive passion. You're better off finding him watching the games live on the Arena floor than anywhere else. You can follow him on Twitter.
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