Sep 16 2016 - 2:04 pm

OGN will host an Overwatch pro league

The world’s most experienced esports production will host an Overwatch league this year
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The world’s most experienced esports production will host an Overwatch league this year.

OGN, the company famous for holding the highest level StarCraft and League of Legends pro leagues in the world, will now produce its own Overwatch offering. Overwatch APEX starts on Oct. 7, a three month league nearly $200,000 in prizes on the line backed by the slickest production in esports, ESPN reports,

APEX will feature a 16 team professional division with 12 local South Korean teams and four international teams invited from regions around the world, including North America and Europe. Underneath the top competitive level is a second tier 12 team league, similar to OGN’s other events.

So far Overwatch has proved to be a tough game to broadcast, with many challenges regarding camera usage and commentary, but OGN is bringing some of the most experienced production and talent to the table. Popular OGN English language commentators Erik “Doa” Lonnquist and Christopher “MonteCristo” Mykles will man the broadcast booth, lending their wealth of experience casting League of Legends and other titles to the table. 

Both have expressed excitement regarding Overwatch since the game’s release, and now they’ll finally get a chance to show that enthusiasm on air. The news comes one day before the duo revealed to ESPN that they would not be providing commentary at the League of Legends World Championships next month, in part due to other obligations, like the APEX event.

The OGN league is just another sign that Overwatch really is the next big esports title. Once the league begins, the game will now have had six figure tournaments in each of four continents, with the next on the schedule the Overwatch Open at ELEAGUE, whose final match is set to be broadcast on primetime television on Sept. 29.

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