Sep 15 2016 - 1:36 pm

ELEAGUE reveals groups, talent for Overwatch Open finale

We’re just one week away from the Overwatch Open finals where the top eight teams from each of North America and Europe will compete for a hefty six-figure prize pool and a chance to appear on primetime television
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

We’re just one week away from the Overwatch Open finals where the top eight teams from each of North America and Europe will compete for a hefty six-figure prize pool and a chance to appear on primetime television. Today ELEAGUE revealed the groups for the event as well as the talent that will be commentating the matches.

ELEAGUE opted to turn to familiar voices from other games to fill the air during its first Overwatch broadcast, bringing in two familiar casting teams to accompany live action. Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Matt “Mr. X” Morello, who have extensive experience calling console shooter action in games like Call of Duty, will be one pair, while the popular Counter-Strike experts from Room on Fire, Anders Blume and Auguste “Semmler” Massonat, will be the other. That’s a bit controversial considering none of the four have much experience casting Overwatch so far, but now it looks like at least some of them will commentate the highest profile match in Overwatch’s history, the televised Overwatch Open final.

The analyst desk features a bit more Overwatch experience. Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico will host with Chris “HuK” Loranger and Andrew “ZP” Rush providing analysis. Loranger, a former StarCraft 2 pro, has served as an analyst at many recent Overwatch events, including the Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom, but his commentary came under fire thanks to the perception he was overly and unfairly negative on player performance. Rush, on the other hand, is Overwatch’s most prolific commentator, casting dozens of online and live events dating to the first week the game hit beta.

Malik Forte will serve as sideline reporter.

The groups are, perhaps, less controversial. The Overwatch Open is split into North American and European brackets, with two four-team groups on each side feeding into an intercontinental final.

North America

Group A

EnVyUs

NRG eSports

Team Liquid

Splyce

EnVyUs is a heavy favorite to top this group, but the second position will be hotly contested. While on paper NRG eSports may seem like a stronger team than Liquid, results show that match will be a close one that could go either way, especially if Liquid’s recent addition of Shane “rapha” Hendrixson pans out. Splyce is the wild card, a team with the talent to make a difference and steal a match from NRG or Liquid, but likely not the consistency to advance.

Group B

Cloud9

Fnatic

Method

Immortals

Cloud9 and Fnatic are heavy favorites to survive Group B, with the newly minted Immortals and Method a step behind. The former Sodipop boys may benefit from a bootcamp thanks to their new organization, but it’s hard to see them topping the two teams favored above them, unless Cloud9 once again struggles on the live environment.

Europe

Group A

REUNITED

FaZe Clan

Ninjas in Pyjamas

Team Dignitas

Despite nerfs to Finley “Kyb” Adisi’s Genji, REUNITED continues to play like one of Europe’s best teams. They beat Ninjas in Pyjamas in a sweep during the Overwatch Open qualifying stage two weeks ago and should be a lock to advance, especially with Dignitas continuing to struggle in recent months. The question is if FaZe has what it takes to top the group. The team’s been on a tear after merging the incredibly talented carry players of WEUNITED with tank and support play from Russell “FCTFCTN” Campbell and Shane “Rawkus” Flaherty.

Group B

Rogue

Misfits

ANOX

Luminosity Gaming

The current live event kings Rogue, winners of the Atlantic Showdown, shouldn’t miss a beat at the ELEAGUE studios, where they are heavy favorites to take home this group. Misfits seems like their strongest competition, but recent roster issues with Nikolaj “Zaprey” Ian Moyes leaving the team could put their ELEAGUE into jeopardy. Both ANOX and Luminosity Gaming have the talent to excel on the live stage, so Misfits will need to bring their A game to survive.


The action begins on Sept. 25 with both group stages running over two days followed by semifinal action. On Sept. 30, the grand finals will air on TBS and Twitch simultaneously, bringing Overwatch esports action to a new audience. 

Jan 23 2017 - 7:43 pm

This creator made a Tracer pistol that shoots lasers

Set things on fire with Tracer's laser shooting pulse pistol.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Photo via Patrick Priebe

YouTube creator Patrick Priebe may have made a recreation of Overwatch hero Tracer's pulse pistol that's even more awesome than her in-game weapon—Priebe's version shoots lasers.

Priebe is a prop builder with an affinity for lasers, creating custom builds and uploading videos of them to his popular YouTube channel. Many of his builds are created for clients, but the Tracer pistol is a personal project he's been putting together for a while. "It's one of those long-time projects that I've tinkered on here and there, whenever I found the time, basically," Priebe told Dot Esports.

The laser shooting from the pistol is fully functional and pretty dangerous. Priebe demonstrates by setting a bunch of different things on fire in the video—including the Overwatch logo.

"It's dangerous indeed," he said. "Hit an eye and you are instantly blinded for life. Even one percent of the beam can get that done. Even a reflection would be harmful."

He's got no current plans to make another incredibly dangerous Overwatch weapon, but will if enough fans ask for it. "People in the comments of the video are already begging for more," Priebe added. "I said I will make another if the video gets enough hits. The revenue will make sure I can afford another one. I don't get any support, financially or material, so I have to buy everything myself, design parts, make it work, disassemble, spray paint, reassemble, test, make the video... every time, all alone."

So far, Zarya's cannon or Widowmaker's sniper rifle are the most likely choices for Priebe's potential next Overwatch build.

Jan 23 2017 - 4:23 pm

Overwatch Year of the Rooster event details leak ahead of official release

We're getting a bunch of new skins and possibly a new brawl mode.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch Lunar New Year event looks like it's going to bring a ton of new content to the game.

A new video leaked on Chinese blogging site Weibo shows a ton of new skins and a potential new brawl mode. Skins on display in the leaked video include traditional garb for Mei and Symmetra, a gold and red skin for Mercy, with Journey to the West–styled skins for Winston, Zenyatta, Reinhardt, and Roadhog. Symmetra also appears to have a new highlight intro, with Tracer perhaps representing a new capture-the-flag style brawl mode.

Leaked image via Reddit

And that still doesn't include the traditional Korean dress D.Va was pictured in through a tweet sent out by Blizzard last week. Mei's traditional outfit was also pictured last week in a different tweet announcing the Year of the Rooster event. Blizzard, however, has not confirmed that any of these will show up in the event, though their inclusion in their official tweets is a pretty good indication that they will be.

Blizzard confirmed to Polygon last week that Year of the Rooster would rival earlier events Halloween Terror and Winter Wonderland in scope, though details beyond that have been sparse. Tracer's cameo in the leaked Overwatch video is likely a hint toward a new capture-the-flag style brawl, as she's shown grabbing a flag from an objective point.

We don't have too long to wait until the contents of the Year of the Rooster event are confirmed. The event launches tomorrow in Overwatch.

H/T Reddit