Aug 2 2016 - 6:31 pm

Ninjas in Pyjamas pick up Finnish Overwatch team

Ninjas in Pyjamas have entered Overwatch, picking up one of Europe’s top unclaimed teams
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Ninjas in Pyjamas have entered Overwatch, picking up one of Europe’s top unclaimed teams.

Finnish squad SG-1 will now wear Pyjamas, the organization announced today.

SG-1 has competed with an all-Finnish lineup since the early rounds of the closed beta, consistently ranking just below the highest tier of European competitors. While there are about 4 teams that can compete to win any tournament in Europe on a given Sunday, NiP ranks just behind them. That’s showcased no better than the European qualifier for the ESL Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom, Overwatch’s first six figure tournament, where NiP reached the regional in the first qualifier and now ranks as one of Europe’s six remaining teams.

The team is built around a core group of four Finnish Team Fortress 2 players, headlined by superstar scout and demoman Kalle “hymzi” Honkala, who plays the flex role for NiP, and team captain Lauri “mafu” Rasi. The team fleshed out the roster by picking up two Finnish World of WarCraft players from world renowned guild Paragon, Joona “Fragi” Laine at tank and Joni “Seita” Paavola at support, and they’ve seen solid results since.

“As we see it, Overwatch has a huge potential as an esport with it's player base of over 10 million and tournaments which have attracted hundreds of teams to attend and tens of thousands of spectators,” Rasi said in the announcement. “We are very excited to be a part of it from the very start.”

Ninjas in Pyjamas is one of the oldest brands in esports dating back to 2001 when Emil “HeatoN” Christensen helped lead the team to become the first Counter-Strike world champs. The organization later reformed in 2005 and again in 2012, eventually hosting the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team on the planet. They’ve dabbled in other games like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Overwatch is their second shooter title.

The team will don the NiP tag today in the ESL Atlantic Showdown qualifier, where they will face Rogue with a berth at Gamescom on the line. Tune in at https://www.twitch.tv/esl_overwatch.

Today - 4:16 pm

Funko Pop! releasing new wave of Overwatch toys

We're most excited about D.Va's tiny vinyl mech.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Funko Pop! is extending its Overwatch toy lineup. Mei, McCree, Lúcio, Symmetra, Reinhardt, and D.Va were unveiled on Monday at the London Toy Fair.

Previously, only Tracer, Winston, Soldier: 76, Widowmaker, Pharah, and Reaper were available as vinyl Funko Pop! toys. Mei, McCree, Lúcio, and Symmetra will likely stand around 3 3/4 inches tall—standard for Funko Pop! toys—with D.Va in her mech and Reinhardt hitting the six inch mark. Funko is known for its adorable, stylized Pop! vinyl toys—big heads and extra large, round eyes—and these don't disappoint.

Image via Funko

From the photos on the Funko blog, it appears that each character will come with its own weapon. Mei's got her tiny blaster, McCree with his cigar and pistol, Lúcio has his sonic amplifier, while Reinhardt holds his giant hammer and Symmetra places her mini turret. D.Va, of course, gets her mech—but there's no bunny blaster in sight.

Neither Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment nor Funko have announced exactly when the toys will be released, except that they're expected in 2017. A tweet from the official Overwatch account suggests they'll be available on Blizzard's website.

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.