Aug 1 2016 - 7:40 pm

Rogue, Cloud9 one step closer to ELEAGUE after second Overwatch Open quals

Two Overwatch teams are one step closer to playing the game on television, after the second set of qualifiers for FACEIT and ELEAGUE's Overwatch Open this weekend
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Two Overwatch teams are one step closer to playing the game on television, after the second set of qualifiers for FACEIT and ELEAGUE's Overwatch Open this weekend.

In North America, Cloud9 scored the automatic berth, beating Splyce, Fnatic, and the former Luminosity Gaming roster to secure the second spot in the NA Regional finals. The team managed to avoid Team SoloMid, who have beaten them in their past few matches, thanks to an upset victory by a new look Team Liquid lineup. But Liquid fell to Luminosity, leading to Cloud9’s 3-0 sweep in the final.

Just two automatic qualifying spots remain now that Cloud9 and EnVyUs, who qualified last week, are into the regional. Four spots will be determined by points earned based off qualifier results. Currently, the former Luminosity lineup leads the standings with 36, followed by SoloMid at 30, and Splyce and Sodipop with 16. Fnatic and Liquid skipped the first qualifier, leaving them with 14 points apiece after their semifinal appearances this weekend.

In Europe, Rogue put together a strong showing to qualify, surviving the hardest bracket by beating ANOX, Creation eSports, and REUNITED in order to score a berth in the EU Regional Finals, where they will be joined by last week’s winner, Misfits.

Ranking at the top of the points standings in Europe are ANOX and REUNITED, who both have 30 points to their name. The ANOX team, featuring Quake legends Anton “Cooller” Singov and Alexei “Cypher” Yanushevsky, surprised the field by reaching the finals last week, beating both REUNITED and Rogue, but this time Rogue proved superior. REUNITED looked like a contender by reaching the final this week, but if there’s one team in Europe you’d expect to make it through next week, it’s probably Creation eSports, who have 28 points to their name. Creation lost in the semifinals to the eventual winners in each of the last two qualifiers, meaning they’re a bit unlucky to be ranked below ANOX and Reunited through two qualifying weeks. Rounding out Europe’s point standings are the new Luminosity (formerly 2sTroNk) with 22 and Finnish fighters SG-1 with 16.

Two more qualifying weeks remain, so if you want a chance to compete for part of the $300,000 in prizes and even to win your way onto primetime television, head over to the Overwatch Open website to register.

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