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by Published on 2018-08-22 11:25 AM

Overwatch Animated Short - Shooting Star
A new Overwatch Animated Short has been revealed!

Overwatch - Upcoming Control Map: Busan
Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.

Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight across a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad. Teams must fight to hold each of the three stages to establish complete control of the city that refuses to surrender its way of life to any threat.

by Published on 2018-08-20 08:48 PM

New Overwatch Animated Short at gamescom
It looks like we will be getting a new animated short at gamescom!

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment will be showcasing its games and celebrating its community at gamescom 2018 in Cologne, Germany, from Tuesday, August 21, to Saturday, August 25. Attendees will have the chance to enjoy the latest playable content and plenty of activities for Overwatch®, World of Warcraft®: Battle for Azeroth™, Heroes of the Storm®, StarCraft® II, Diablo® III, and Hearthstone® at the Blizzard booth in Hall 7 of the Koelnmesse. There’s also a full stage schedule, beginning with the unveiling of new content for Overwatch on Wednesday, August 22.

A calendar of main stage activities can be viewed on the new “Blizzard at gamescom” website (http://gamescom.blizzard.com) and mobile application, available on the App Store and the Google Play Store. The site and app also feature a catalog of merchandise that can be purchased at the Blizzard store in Hall 5, including some brand-new and convention-exclusive items, and visitors can create a personal wishlist in advance to facilitate their shopping experience. Some items from the gamescom collection can also be purchased directly on the European Gear Store.

In addition, the Blizzard at gamescom app allows attendees at the event to take an Augmented Reality tour of the Blizzard booth for the chance to win prizes.

Those who can’t make it to gamescom 2018 in person can watch the daily Blizzard at gamescom show via the website starting at 5:00 p.m. CEST Wednesday, August 22, through Friday, August 24, and 4:00 p.m. CEST on Saturday, August 25. Hosted by actor and presenter Naomi Kyle and well-known YouTuber Mark “Turps” Turpin, the show will include live-streamed and pre-recorded content, with spectators having the ability to change camera angles.

  • Blizzard is kicking off the first public day of gamescom 2018 with the Overwatch: New Content Reveal on the main stage starting at 11:15 a.m. CEST on Wednesday, August 22. Followed by the new content reveal will be the European premiere of a new Overwatch animated short, which will also be available to view on YouTube.
  • German Overwatch World Cup 2018 team members will battle participants from the audience in Lúcioball showmatches live on stage on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for the Overwatch: Lúcioball Challenge.
  • Overwatch heroes D.Va, Lúcio, and Brigitte will come to life as their voice actors perform on stage in the Overwatch: German Voice Actors Panel at 11:00 a.m. CEST on Friday, August 24, followed by a signing session.
  • Attendees at gamescom will be able to enjoy some fun in the sun at the Blizzard booth with Summer Games-themed activities, including custom surfboards, face painting, community Lúcioball tournaments, a working Pachimari claw machine, and more.
by Published on 2018-07-30 09:51 PM

Overwatch League Grand Finals Highlights
Today we are taking a look at some of the best moments from the Overwatch League Grand Finals!

Published on 2018-07-30 04:00 PM

From the production value, to the quality of the matches, right down to the very construction of the stage itself, the Overwatch League Grand Finals captured everything an esports fan could want.

One could not ask for a better story, a better display of talent, or a better way to showcase that talent to people all over the world — Overwatch fans, esports fans, and brand new fans tuning in for the first time. The Grand Finals were exactly that: grand, concluding the Overwatch League inaugural season in much the same way it began, with a London Spitfire victory.

The game started well for Philadelphia. They opened the series with a massive win on Dorado, taking all three points and preventing London from doing the same with an impressive five minute hold right before the final objective.

That would be the only map they’d win, but not for lack of trying. As the series went on, the Fusion challenged the Spitfire, made them fight for every tick of progress and extracted several pounds of flesh.

This was a great match, filled with team kills like this one. Fought between two evenly matched underdogs.

The only disappointment I can muster for the Grand Finals (beyond that odd and somewhat off brand performance from DJ Khaled) was that it was so short. London wrapped up the title in two swift games that never went the five-map distance. I can also spare some hard feelings for the Philadelphia tank situation. Main tank Sado in Game 2 made error after error, walking--often alone--right into enemy fire and dying. He managed to pull it together on King’s Row, but by then it was too late and momentum was already in London’s favor. His off tank, Poko, performed better. With his Self-Destruct kills that always managed to hit two or more enemies (most critically the supports), you could argue that he was evenly matched with his opponent Fury even if Sado couldn’t stand up to Gesture.

But then you look at these stats and you realize, no, they weren’t.

Poko did his job, he made the kills that should have granted the space his team needed to take the point, or push the payload a little bit further. But it was never enough. The critical thing to understand about these matches is that Philadelphia (outside of some bad calls by their main tank) played exceedingly well fundamentally and had the kind of clutch plays that would have shut down any other team.

But London was just better in a way that defied conventional Overwatch League logic.

There’s no way Philadelphia should have lost Volskaya, not after this play. And they don’t. Philadelphia, after getting sniped to nothing by Profit’s Hanzo, stabilized and maintained control of the point.

So Profit does it again.

Time and time again, when Philadelphia looked like they’re on the verge of a breakthrough, when by rights they should be, London shut them down.

No amount of favorable predictions or historical data could account for this level of play from the Spitfire, and in that space beyond the observable and quantifiable is where their true talent lies.

And of all that talent, Profit was foremost among them.

He earned the title of Playoffs MVP, though for my money I would have awarded it to Gesture. His meaty Earthshatters and perfectly timed Orisa Halts completely destroyed Philadelphia.

If Gesture is using a Halt, someone is going to die. Whether they be caught by Bdosin’s hook or….this

There are many, many plays just like this one, where Gesture Halts a handful Fusion players into oblivion. It got so frustrating that Philadelphia tried it themselves and failed.

If you could award MVP to a player on the losing team, I’d give it to Carpe. Carpe’s Doomfist was an off meta, desperation pick that only briefly worked but when it did work, the Arena could have collapsed for all the screaming.

Carpe made us believe, if only for a moment, that Philadelphia was still in the fight. But Philadelphia lost King’s Row, the final map of the final game of the season. Fitting that London would win it all on the map representing their home country.

Final Thoughts

As much as London’s run up to winning the Grand Finals is shocking, if you think about it, it’s really not. The core of that team came from Apex Champions GC Busan and Kongdoo Panthera. Success was written into the code of the team when it was formed. With another meta shift and the additions of Wrecking Ball and the Symmetra rework, they’ll likely taper off again. But they should never be written off, none of these teams should. They’ve all managed to surprise us (yes even Shanghai). That’s the great thing about the League, what makes it fun and exciting to watch. Nothing can be taken for granted and everyone has the Profit-like potential to be incredible.

If you’re worried about what to do with your life now that the League is done, don’t! There’s Contenders, the All-Stars Weekend, and the Overwatch World Cup. There will be at least one more season of Contenders before the end of the year and as Season 2 approaches, all kinds of tasty tidbits about the new teams and players are sure to start trickling in. There will be a ton of content around to satisfy your competitive Overwatch needs and I’ll be there, waiting to tell you about it.

Ash, the first of her name, keeper of Zenyatta lore, protector of Hanzo mains and Mother of Shanghai Dragons, is a content writer for the Overwatch section of MMO-C and Gamepedia.

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