The Biggest Overwatch Stories of 2016
Overwatch was only officially released in May this year, which gives us a good five fewer months to get our top stories for 2016. Luckily, it blasted onto the
So far we've only seen a few hints of what the competitive landscape will look like - with Blizzard making big moves for 2017 - but early tournaments saw European team Rogue claiming victories while EnVyUs managed to come out on top in the Korean Overwatch APEX league. That feat seemed particularly impressive coming out of BlizzCon, which the Korean national team dominated.
Away from the streets of King's Row and the cobbles of Eichenwalde, meanwhile, things were just as busy.
Team and Investor Support
It was something of a theme in 2016 for big names to start getting involved in
Some of the more familiar names credited Overwatch in particular with piquing their interest. Basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal invested heavily in new
New Tournaments and Teams
Discussions around the financial viability of
Characters and Redesigns
Though it hasn't even been out a full year yet, Overwatch has seen the release of two new characters and the complete overhaul of another.
The elite hacker Sombra was teased right from the initial Overwatch launch, and quickly an Alternate Reality Game sprung up. Players began searching for clues and mining data, trying to catch a glimpse of the elusive character.
When Blizzard announced the game’s first new character was about to be released, many assumed the search was finally over. To their surprise, Ana Amari, support
Finally, information was leaked that Sombra was on her way with the Halloween Event. Sure enough, the adorable hacker was released and has made her way into the hearts and minds of players everywhere.
Blizzard later announced that changes were coming to support hero,
Haters Get Shut Down
There’s nothing more satisfying than throwing a top performance back in the face of a hater, and in that regard 2016 provided some extremely satisfying moments.
Women always have to struggle harder to prove themselves in any online gaming scene, and nobody knows that better than Korean professional Overwatch player and Zarya main Kim "
The 17-year-old was targeted earlier this year when she was accused of cheating after absolutely flattening her opponents in the 2016 Nexus Cup. Opponents ELTA and Strobe vowed that they would quit the Overwatch scene altogether if she wasn’t cheating — and they were forced to make good on that promise when
YouTuber DSPStanky also enjoyed rubbing his haters face in it this year, rocketing up the rankings in Overwatch on PC after commenters suggested his phenomenal Lucio performance was solely due to him playing on a console. As you can see from this YouTube video, DSPStanky’s lightning ascent to 4K+ SR on PC shows that sometimes you just need to trust that people really are that good.
Finally, let’s wrap up our Overwatch wrap on a lighter note with the time Jonny Cruz,