Posted 2nd September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The inaugural season of the Overwatch League wrapped up with London Spitfire winning the championship. But there’s more to the league than serious competitions between professional players as Blizzard closed out 2018 with an All-Star event featuring OWL players and personnel from Pacific and Atlantic divisions.
The most exciting part of the Overwatch All-Star Weekend was possibly the Widowmaker 1v1 competition. It featured eight of the best Widowmaker players from different teams fighting to the death in a one-on-one, first-to-7 set of games. Many claimed that it looked like the league’s version of the NBA 3-point contest.
Critics figured that New York Excelsior ‘s Do-Hyeon “Pine” Kim will emerge as champion, but Los Angeles Gladiators’ “Surefour”, Los Angeles Valiant’s “Soon”, and Seoul Dynasty’s “Fleta” were equally skilled in utilizing Widowmaker. In the end, Surefour ended up being the best in the league.
Serious and professional competition aside, The Overwatch League group of broadcast talents left their mics and radios for a while to compete on-stage at the Blizzard Arena. As expected, there were plenty of friendly and funny trash talks from all parties competing, but it went well as it showed viewers the quirky sides of people on the sidelines of competitive gaming. With the broadcasters having the time of their lives, Overwatch League players Mickie, Bischu (Los Angeles Gladiators), Custa, and Agilities (Los Angeles Valiant) helped broadcast the games.
The Pacific team, led by Jonathan “Reinforce” Larsson and Soe Gschwind-Penski swept the best-of-three series 2-0 and won the Talent Takedown MVP awards.
Most of the games featured off-meta compositions that resembled something out of solo-queue. We saw a lot of champions no one has ever used professionally before. We have witnessed everything these players are capable of. Muma of Houston Outlaws tried to make Symmetra play in a fun setting; Fury from London Spitfire used Torbjorn, a hero pick that always gets audience fired up from ‘Hail Mary’ Situations; and Sung-hyeon “JJoNak” Bang of New York Excelsio, who always nailed his performances with Zenyatta, switched to Genji for a spin.
Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka was one of the professional Overwatch players well-loved by many. He was, after all, a mentor and a champion for all. Sadly, his sudden death in November of 2017 shocked the entire community. As a tribute, the Overwatch League decided to cement his name in the industry through the Dennis Hawelka Award which will be given to players who executes positivity and good sportsmanship every game.
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