Aug 11 2016 - 8:33 pm

Team YP adds an Overwatch team

The market for Overwatch talent is moving fast, and another organization jumped into the ring today
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

The market for Overwatch talent is moving fast, and another organization jumped into the ring today.

Team YP, the esports wing of pornography site YouPorn, has added an Overwatch squad built from core players who previously wore the Team YP tag competing in Evolve.

French team captain Chairil “Nightwane” Djoehana, Ronny “Roon” Feuz from Switzerland, and David “Spanners” Morley from England all competed together in Evolve where they won the ESL Evolve Major League in 2015. With Overwatch quickly becoming the premier hero shooter and potentially the next big esport title, the trio decided it was time to switch games.

The team recruited the rest of their roster from a variety of backgrounds, pulling the U.K.'s Ben “Meadzz” Mead and Sarmad “JagAren” Jirjes of Sweden from Rainbow 6: Siege while discovering Thor Christer Halvorsen “Toorq” Eikeland of Sweden on the Overwatch ladder.

“We hope that with Team YP’s support we will be able to focus on practice in order to climb the competitive ladder,” said Chairil Djoehana.

So far the team’s short track record shows they have some work to do. Competing under the name Yummy Pepperonis, they played in the first two European qualifiers for the $100,000 Atlantic Showdown at Gamescom next week and lost in the first round each time before winning the chance to compete against some of Europe’s better teams.

The team has “high hopes” to qualify for the next round of the Overwatch Open, the announcement states, but the new Team YP squad likely has some work to do before they can beat experienced closed beta teams like Creation eSports, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and ANOX, who will also seek to qualify this weekend.

Still, Team YP wouldn’t commit to the players if they didn’t have confidence they’ll improve.

Overwatch has taken the internet by storm,” Team YP’s vice president, Brad Burns, said in the announcement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled by the addition of this game to our ever growing roster.”

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