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Overwatch League Schedule Changes: What’s New, What’s Not

Last week, the Overwatch League announced major changes to the league’s schedule for the 2019 season. With the introduction of eight new teams next year, adjustments to the schedule were inevitable. 40 games per team would have given us a staggering 400 OWL matches in the regular season alone. This may sound like a fantastic plan to viewers, especially during the offseason when many of us are starving for more high-level matches to watch, but it’s realistically untenable at best.

Thankfully, almost every one of the announced changes has the end result of ‘more Overwatch’. Taken together, they’re producing both more games and more opportunities for teams to excel in the postseason. Perhaps more importantly, they’re reducing the intense schedule that led to stress and illness for players in the 2018 season. Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the changes, and just how different next season will (or won’t) be. Read more …

Rainee
Rainee's loves for both gaming and writing began in her childhood, mostly because they could both be done inside in the air conditioning. She is an alum of the University of Mississippi, recovering Junkrat one-trick, and chronic mom friend. Follow Rainee on Twitter!

What’s Your Sign? The Zodiac and Overwatch League (Part 2)

In this continuation from Part 1 of What’s Your Sign?, we find out which signs have the most concentration of DPS and Tank players. We also learn more information about the last 6 signs in the zodiac and the players who best represent those signs!

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Nina Schneider
Life-long gamer, mostly into FPS and team-oriented games. Played Overwatch from the beginning and followed it ever since, so I live and breathe the game. I love reading and writing, work in IT and am a mother of cats 😀 Follow Nina On Twitter!

What’s Your Sign? The Zodiac and Overwatch League (Part 1)

Have you ever wondered if your Zodiac is responsible for the role you pick in Overwatch? Or how good you are at the game? I have gone on a mission to answer these questions and collected almost all birthdays of the Overwatch League players from Season 1.* While I do believe that Zodiac signs can be responsible for your personality traits, there are also a lot more factors involved. So, don’t take this too seriously and just enjoy a different kind of article.

In Part 1 of this piece, we’ll be looking at the statistical overview of zodiac representation across the league and the first 6 signs of the zodiac — and which players represent their sign the best! 

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Nina Schneider
Life-long gamer, mostly into FPS and team-oriented games. Played Overwatch from the beginning and followed it ever since, so I live and breathe the game. I love reading and writing, work in IT and am a mother of cats 😀 Follow Nina On Twitter!

A Step Forward and Giving Back: An Interview with Philadelphia Fusion’s Elk

When the Philadelphia Fusion announced that Elijah Hudson “Elk” Gallagher would be promoted to the team’s roster going into Season 2, the former Fusion University player was so excited he forgot to send out a tweet. And when he did, he couldn’t even find the words to express his excitement:

“Elk has been an outstanding player for us both in game and out,” said Philadelphia Fusion president Tucker Roberts. “That’s why we promoted him to captain Season 2.  It’s easy to forget how young he is given his maturity and professionalism. He plays a cerebral style and studies the game constantly.  We’re all very excited to have him join Fusion for the 2019 season.” 

Speaking with Elk last night, it was easy to see the maturity that Roberts and other Fusion veterans commonly bring up when it comes to his promotion. Elk spoke of his growth as a player with not only the guidance he received as part of Fusion’s academy team, but from professional Overwatch players who took the time to give him advice when he reached out to them. The support main is hoping to use his new platform to not only improve his role in-game, but give support back to the Overwatch community in hopes of helping other passionate players reach their dreams.

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Olivia Richman
Olivia is a professional journalist and editor who loves playing video games and watching esports, especially the OWL. When she isn’t writing or gaming, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her ugly cat, eating sushi and traveling across the country to compete in Pokemon TCG tournaments.

Minority Report: The Super Fans Speak Out

One of my favorite songs of all time is “Distractions” by Zero 7. In that song, the singer describes her habit of doing something that I do all of the time: instead of expressing her deepest appreciation for someone she loves and cares about, she instead makes fun, actively goes out of her way to warn them that she is nothing but trouble through self-deprecation, and ultimately hides her strong feelings behind her humor. One particular line makes this explicitly clear:

“I only make jokes to distract myself from the truth.”

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Brittany
Brittany "Briggsycakes" Gonzalez is a litta bitta switcha hitta Trinirican winna from Philly/New York who now resides in California as the Los Angeles Valiant's official hypewoman/meme victim. She can easily be bribed with apple pie and macaroni and cheese and thrives when writing about her own personal experiences regarding humanity's place in the esports/social media age. Don't @ her unprepared. Follow Briggsy on Twitter here.

Team Norway’s ONIGOD on His Journey in Overwatch, His Mission in the World Cup, and His Chances in Signing with an Overwatch League Team

The US Group Stage of the 2018 Overwatch World Cup kicked off last night. One of the participating teams, Norway, won their match against Switzerland but lost against Brazil later in the night. Norwegian player Stefan “ONIGOD” Fiskerstrand played extraordinarily during those two games as both Widowmaker and McCree. After Norway’s match against Brazil, ONIGOD stopped backstage to talk about his journey in the Overwatch scene, his mission in the Overwatch World Cup, and his chances in signing with an Overwatch League team in Season 2. Read more …

Chris
Chris is an avid viewer in esports since 2010 with games such as Starcraft II, League of Legends, and Overwatch. He is also a staff writer for the esports team, Echo Fox. Besides video games, he enjoys playing guitar, hanging out at the beach, and networking with other people. Follow him on Twitter for more content.
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Los Angeles Valiant Drops Three Players, Assistant Coach

The Los Angeles Valiant revealed September 7 that they will not be renewing the contracts of three players and a former player turned assistant coach for the upcoming 2019 season of the Overwatch League.

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Liz
Liz is an educator and huge nerd from Chicago, IL who specializes in humor writing and personal essays. Her favorite thing is Overwatch esports; her second favorite thing is pretending iced coffee is a meal. She can be commonly found banning people on Twitch, running Discords, and making bad life choices at Target. Follow her on Twitter!

Zappis Brings the Mayhem Over Roster Chaos

Bring the Roster Mayhem

After only winning 40 of their 167 played maps in Season 1, Florida Mayhem has undergone one of the most dramatic roster changes in all of esports history. Of the team that was once known for their meme-tastic, bromantical entrances to the Blizzard Arena stage, only three players remain. Read more …

Olivia Richman
Olivia is a professional journalist and editor who loves playing video games and watching esports, especially the OWL. When she isn’t writing or gaming, Olivia enjoys hanging out with her ugly cat, eating sushi and traveling across the country to compete in Pokemon TCG tournaments.

Surefour Talks His Experience in Widow Duels, Overwatch World Cup, and More

The Overwatch All-Star weekend took place a few weeks ago in the Blizzard Arena, Burbank, California. The first day featured several events, one of the premiere events being a 1v1 Widowmaker tournament. Participants in the event include the best sharpshooters of the Overwatch League: Philadelphia Fusion’s Carpe, New York Excelsior’s Saebyeolbe, and Los Angeles Valiant’s Soon to name a few. Possibly the most consistent Widowmaker players of the league, Los Angeles Gladiators’ Surefour showcased his abilities during the event as well. Prior to his final showdown against Carpe, Surefour spoke to the media in regards to the all-star event, this year’s Overwatch World Cup, and more.

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Chris
Chris is an avid viewer in esports since 2010 with games such as Starcraft II, League of Legends, and Overwatch. He is also a staff writer for the esports team, Echo Fox. Besides video games, he enjoys playing guitar, hanging out at the beach, and networking with other people. Follow him on Twitter for more content.
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Laughing, Crying, Remembering: A Weekend with my Esports Family

Laughter


If you followed the Overwatch League All-Star game this weekend, then you definitely laughed at least once. Whether it was while Custa and Bischu were giggling through casting, or while watching Reinforce literally carry his team to victory – we all found moments that made us smile. Constantly, I would catch myself laughing or simply sitting with a constant grin on my face. After a while, I got to thinking. Why is this whole experience so wholesome and familiar to me? Where are these feelings of nostalgia coming from? Why do I want to cry tears of happiness when Mickie does literally anything? Read more …

Connor
Connor's passion for Esports began in 2010 as he qualified for Pokemon VGC nationals and has since transitioned to covering Overwatch. He provides an analytical yet creative perspective in his coverage of the Overwatch League and hopes to continue developing as an Esports writer. Check him out on Twitter here.
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