The Competitive Recap: We list what you might have missed (August 18th - August 25th)
There's a lot of things to keep track of in the burgeoning Overwatch scene and it's become increasingly difficult to keep track of it all. Never fear as the GosuGamers Competitive Recap is here! We've compiled all the Overwatch news that's fit to print.
Released every week, the Competitive Recap compiles all the tournament and important news that's happened since the last recap. Whether you're interested in big news, or want to stay updated on changes in teams, you can always tune in every Thursday to see if there's anything you've missed.
Blizzard has been amping up the hype about Sombra this week with two new clues released to the public. They've left the Overwatch community wondering when Sombra will be officially revealed and what she'll look and play like. With all the mystery surrounding the character most people's best guess is that she'll be some sort of stealth character. For now, we'll just have to wait and see...
Blizzard experienced a DDOS attack which shut down a lot of the gaming giant's servers, including Overwatch. The interruption was relatively short lived as the issue was able to be resolved less than three hours later.
The PTR saw a lot of action over the past week as new patch changes were implemented. Hanzo, Soldier 76, Mei and Mercy all received balance updates. However, one of the most exciting things to come to the PTR was the new map “Eichenwalde”.
With the Olympics coming to a close so too did we say goodbye to the Overwatch Summer Games. This was a welcome change for this writer as I'm not sure how much longer I could stand staring at that gaudy welcome screen.
One of the highest profile events and tournaments happened this past week at gamescom with the ESL Overwatch Atlantic Showdown. The tournament proved to be a fantastic example of what competitive Overwatch has to offer featuring plenty of upsets and thrilling games.
With Gamescom fast approaching we took an in depth look at the state of the current professional meta and upcoming matchups.
The ESL Atlantic Showdown was looking to be a hype tournament. In this article we highlight five of the most exciting storylines to look out for in the upcoming showdown.
Overwatch's dominant overlords EnVyUs' 57 game win-streak was finally ended at ESL's Atlantic Showdown. Rogue played brilliantly and handed EnVyUs, who had historically been Overwatch's best team, the loss and the upset. Was this a blip in the team's otherwise immaculate record thus far? Or are we headed to a new era of competitive Overwatch?
Gamescom Interviews on venue, by ZP
GosuGamers was able to catch up with a number of professional players while at gamescom. Read below to catch up on what the many personalities of Overwatch were up to at the tournament.
- Rogue akM at gamescom: "We knew we could beat them"
- Fnatic's Coolmatt69 at gamescom: "Nerves of steel"
- Rogue TviQ at gamescom: "Started playing mindgames"
- REUNITED's morte at gamescom: "Online is completely
- EnVyUs Taimou at gamescom: "Obviously we have the chills"
Unique GosuGamers Content:
GosuGamers' own Wilson "scr1be" Xu had an opportunity to sit down with Harbleu of team compLexity to chat about his competitive background, gamescom and more.
A first look at the stunning new map “Eichenwalde”, a hybrid capture and payload style map, which was announced during gamescom.
In this insightful look into the competitive scene Josh "SideshowGaming" Wilkinson gives us his take on the current map pool and whether the map elimination process makes sense for top Overwatch play.
The ongoing Short Cuts series is at it again. This time we take a look at clever shortcuts for the map Temple of Anubis.
The second phase, and final online phase, of the Overwatch Open started yesterday. Being the biggest Overwatch event to date, all teams are putting in the hours of practice to increase their chances for a part of the $300,000 prizepool. We are getting closer to the offline finals in Atlanta, so don't forget to tune in and enjoy.
Minor Transfers & Team News:
Continuing the trend of more teams and more organizations comes TORNADO ROX. The Russian organization is looking to make a solid move into the scene by picking up the team formerly known as Prets.
Announced in a tweet yesterday, Northern Gaming has dropped their final Overwatch team. Northern Gaming released their European squad a while ago citing that they weren't able to properly support an EU team, and now the NA roster has been let go as well to provide the players with the freedom to find new opportunities. NG has stated they will be on the look out for a new OW roster to sponsor.
FaZe decided to shake things up this week by announcing a new roster after being disappointed with their old roster's previous showings.
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