Aug 3 2016 - 6:03 pm

NRG eSports gets into Overwatch, signs Seagull's team

The most popular player and team in Overwatch have signed with NRG eSports
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The most popular player and team in Overwatch have signed with NRG eSports.

Brandon “Seagull” Larned and the players of Mixup, formerly Luminosity Gaming, have been picked up by NRG, the organization announced today in a hilarious tweet featuring a dancing Shaquille O’Neal.

Shaq is one of the co-owners of NRG eSports, a new esports organization founded by co-owners of the NBA franchise Sacramento Kings. The organization also has a League of Legends team competing in the NA LCS and a Counter-Strike team, although the LCS team is currently playing through relegation.

Signing the most popular player in Overwatch, Larned, who averages around 30,000 viewers every time he turns on his stream, gives NRG a new flagship team to build around.

"It goes without saying that this is a big pick up for NRG," NRG eSports Chairman Andy Miller tells Dot Esports. "We are very excited about Overwatch the game and its esports potential.  Adding Seagull and the boys to the NRG family at this early stage in the games' development gives us a great opportunity to establish ourselves as a leader and participate in creating the competitive culture of Overwatch."

It was no secret that NRG was interested in Larned, after Shaq himself tweeted soliciting the player’s services a week before the team’s contracts with Luminosity expired.

The roster now features four decorated Team Fortress 2 veterans in Larned, flex player Carl “Enigma” Yangsheng, and tank Yomar “Milo” Toledo, with new addition Tim “Dummy” Olson serving as the new support player after the team decided Dave “indust” Nordahl did not have enough competitive Overwatch experience to play in the big qualifiers running right now. They’re flanked by one of World of WarCraft’s most famous pro players, Mark “pookz” Rendon, on support, and hitscan specialist Daniel “Gods” Graeser.

The lineup is one of the best in North America, though with the increasing level of competition they’ll be hard-pressed to qualify for ESL’s $100,000 tourney at Gamescom as one of the region’s top four teams against EnVyUs, Cloud9, Fnatic, and Team SoloMid. The team will first compete under the NRG tag in that regional qualifier starting today, where they’ll face a tough bracket featuring Splyce, Fnatic, and Cloud9 in an attempt to win a Gamescom berth.

Jan 20 2017 - 4:08 pm

Kungarna, Immortals advance to Overwatch Winter Premiere finals

Team Liquid and Renegades will not move on.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Andrej "babybay" Francisty hides just out of view while the rest of Kungarna baits compLexity Gaming into position in the second floor corridor inside the Dorado ziggurat. Babybaby, on pink-haired tank hero Zarya, peeks out from the side and unleashes graviton surge just as Michael "mykL" Padilla launches his D.Va self destruct bomb from the first floor, right into the mess of compLexity players upstairs. And that's the majority of compLexity just melted by the massive bomb combo.

With four compLexity players down, Kungarna is able to cruise right to the finish.

As one of the only two unsigned teams heading into Next Generation Esports' Overwatch Winter Premiere, Kungarna took many opponents by surprise. Some questioned whether they'd be able to get out of the first phase of group stages. But it's going to be hard to overlook Kungarna after their incredible run in the round of six. The team fell only to Team Liquid on day one and Immortals on day two, going undefeated on day three.

Heading into the finals, which begin Jan. 27 at PAX South in San Antonio, Texas, Kungarna doesn't have to worry about Team Liquid. Along with Renegades, Team Liquid will not move on to the LAN finals for the Overwatch Winter Premiere. Instead, Kungarna will take on Immortals, compLexity Gaming, and Luminosity Gaming next week.

Renegades' early departure from the Overwatch Winter Premiere will likely shock fans, given the win streak the newly acquired team started the tournament with. But on day four of the round of eight, everything changed: They started losing and never stopped. Through the round of six, Renegades put up a fight, taking one round each match, but weren't able to take a full series. With the whole team moving to Detroit to live and play together, Renegades is surely hoping to regain their initial success.

The single elimination finals bracket begins Jan. 27 and will continue into Jan. 28. The tournament will be broadcast live on both the PAX Arena and NGE Overwatch Twitch channels.

Jan 19 2017 - 9:19 pm

Overwatch players honor friend with heartfelt send-off

The tribute was organized by a Philippines-based gaming collective.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Processing the death of a friend is never easy. But it can help to grieve where you spent time together—even if that happens to be the battlegrounds of Overwatch.

When the team at games website Too Much Gaming lost their beloved colleague Willem Den Toom, they took to Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch to express their pain. Using Toom's favorite Overwatch heroes—Pharah, Reinhardt, Symmetra, Zarya, and Lúcio—and Hanzo, the group of friends coordinated rocket launcher and fire strike sendoffs toward Overwatch map Eichenwalde's moon as a gun salute for their friend.

"Wherever you are, may the payload be always moving, the point always contested, no one trickles out, and may there always [be] a healer on your team," Toom's friends posted to YouTube. "We miss you, big guy. This Play of the Game is for you."

Toom suffered a heart attack and died at 35 on Jan. 16, Too Much Gaming editor Carlos Herdandez told Mic. "He was loved by many and his loss pretty much struck waves in various communities in the gaming community here in the Philippines," Hernandez said. "Overwatch was the one game that we play together regularly after a long day. It's one of his favorite games." Honoring Toom in Overwatch was an obvious choice for the group.

The video ends with each player sending off Hanzo's dragonstrike ultimate, unleashing a continuous stream of swirling dragons toward the moon.

H/t Mic