Twitter reacts to Doomfist

Yesterday Blizzard surprised everyone by releasing Doomfist onto the PTR. This resulted in my Twitter completely exploding in first impressions by professional players, casters, streamers and content creators. Here’s what some of them said.

Here’s the official “announcement” by the Overwatch crew, with an insanely good little video.

Caster Monte is looking forward to the future of Doomfist.

Tim was one of the first to try out Doomfist on stream, and managed to do this pretty sweet play.

Some people took to Photoshop in order to “fix” the fact that Terry Crews was not voicing Doomfist…

The ever so clever Reinforce is sharing his thoughts on Doomfist.

 

 

Keep up with the upstart of PUBG’s community

Forget H1Z1, Arma and DayZ. (If you haven’t already.) Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is the current it-game when it comes to battle royales. Pro players from other games, streamers and other content creators come wandering over to the alluring oasis that is PUBG. The game has potential to become a good esport, and if you want to be there from the very beginning, let me help get you started.

First off, even though the game is still only in its early access stage, there’s already tournaments going on. At least a few. Dreamhack Summer which took place in Sweden a few weeks ago, featured a BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) PUBG tournament. Even though the scene is young and the prize money was scarce, (or non-existant, as the winners of each day’s play got a 1080ti each,) we saw some great talent emerge. There were two pairs of players that stood out a little extra after these days of PUBG mayhem. The first pair was Ollywood and Marius, which charmed the audience with their not so standard plays. They often split up completely, taking on other duos on their own without fear or hesitation. The duo managed to finish high almost every round, leaving them with more graphics cards than a person needs in a lifetime. The other team which left an impression was Molnman and Skoom, both seasoned gamers, both signed with Team Rival. They played solidly the entire event, showing that they are no newbs to competitive gaming.

But there isn’t just these names to keep track on. There’s plenty of streamers and Youtubers to take a look at. First off, let’s mention the duo of Viss and Smak. These fine gamers has been signed with Team SoloMid since the beginning of May (!) and have grown quite a large fanbase recently. They both stream regularly, and can be found at twitch.tv/tsm_viss and twitch.tv/tsm_smak. Then there’s Grimmz, which now regularly has above 10 000 viewers when he streams on Twitch. He usually keeps a calm and fun attitude towards the game, and instead lets his high ladder ranks speak. You can find him at twitch.tv/grimmmz. Last but not least, I highly recommend checking out Break. This down to earth and charming brit has insane aim and also an insane cool when it comes to PUBG. He interacts a lot with his chat, answering questions and giving tips. Break can be found at twitch.tv/break.

Let’s also dive into another side of gaming: Organizers and companies. First off, it’s probably a good idea to follow PUBG’s official Twitter account. Then you can also follow Playerunknown himself, for a bit more “behind the scenes” stuff. If you want to dive deeper into the PUBG hole, there’s also their page on Reddit. Comes with the usual Twitch clips and self proclaimed fraglords. reddit.com/r/pubattlegrounds.

Before I let you venture back into the deep dark hole that is the internet, I’ll give you one final tip. Go to twitter.com/cursetrials and click on follow. (I am not sponsored to say this by the way, although that would be kind of neat…) Last week they hosted their very first PUBG tournament. It featured a bunch of invited “famous” PUBG folk like the aforementioned Break, Smak and Viss. It also had a heap of qualification games, where anyone could participate in hopes of making it into the finale, where the famed people waited. So keep an eye out for more tournaments from Curse, because it will be coming they’ve said.

Until next time, may your chicken dinners be plenty and delicious.

I have nothing to play – The constant look for a new rush

We gamers are all too familiar with the feeling of “I have nothing to play.” It’s such a silly problem, the same with “I have nothing to wear.” My closet is full with clothes of all types, colors and fits. I got options for every mood, situation or weather. It’s the same with my gaming catalogue. I have Shooters, MMO’s, adventure games. Single player games, multiplayer games. Sandbox games where I can roam around for ages, and simple card games which conveniently can distract my mind for a while. It’s such a first world problem. I always hate myself a little while i scroll through my Steam catalogue and feel nothing but emptiness inside. I have plenty of games to play, but I’m not in the mood for anything particular.

I recently asked someone: “If you could do anything you want at the moment, what would it be?”
“Anything at all?” He asked.
“Anything. Everything is possible.” I answered. He thought for about a minute, his eyes pinned to the ceiling.
“I wish I could watch every movie again for the first time.” He finally said, and I laughed a little. Then, after I gave it three seconds of thought, I shrugged, understanding what he meant.

The sensation you have when you experience your favorite game for the first time is hard to top. You venture into a whole new world with childish excitement, exploring every nook of this new adventure. You are so sucked into the game that you ignore your text messages and the hungry cries of your cat. You even put your toilet visits on hold. When you finally bear yourself to go to bed, you cannot sleep. You lay awake for hours, staring into the pitch black ceiling, thinking of things you could’ve, should’ve, would’ve done in game. Or what you will do tomorrow when you play. Or both. You can hear sounds from the game when you’re in line at the store, your trolley filled with instant noodles and Mountain Dew. You accidentally call money “gold” when paying. You become an anti-social, smelly wreck. A shell of the old you. But you are happy. Oh, so happy.

Even if others might have a problem with you and your new game-love in your honeymoon phase, soon you start to get problem as well. When the game is finished, you might spend some more time going back, starting over or trying something different. If it’s a game without a story that you’ve fallen in love with, you can still get the same feeling. That happy, giddy feeling slowly seeps off of you, leaving you feeling… Empty, almost a bit numb. You finally shower, cook a normal meal and call your mother. Things slowly goes back to normal.

This has happened to me more times than I’d like to admit. My most vivid memory is regarding Fallout 4. At that time, I couldn’t really afford the game. But I had to have it. So I bought it, and ate dustbunny-soup for an eternity afterwards. And I was smitten. I’d played previous Fallout games, so the feel of the game was nothing new to me. But I was glued to the computer for days. I only moved to feed the cat, pee, get IRL fuel or catch a few hours of sleep. I was a disgusting lump of mega-nerd.The game was everything I’d hoped it would be, and more. But after a few days I had to get back to reality. I went back to my classes and left my beloved post-apocalyptic adventure at home. After that, I kept playing. But just a little. The game had sort of lost its appeal in a way. That first amazing high of the new, mind-blowing game was gone.

I’ve done the same with other games. I played the living hell out of Stardew Valley for example. It quickly became top three of my most played games ever. I loved it. It was amazing. I never wanted to leave my little farm. But again, after about a week I just stopped playing. I’ve tried multiple times to get back into the Stardew grind again, but I just can’t. I start the game, play for 10 minutes, get bored and close it down again. It just doesn’t feel the same as it did the first time. So now my library is full with good, exciting titles that I basically never touch. I look for that tingling sensation, the curiousness I possess when I enter a new world.

I have no explanation, I simply blame my restless nature.

Some tips on neat Overwatch streamers

If you need some sweet Overwatch tips and/or inspiration, some hectic entertainment or just need something to help pass the time: I will now list a few Overwatch streamers that are worth checking out.

First off, there’s nothing wrong with going for some of the big streamers. For example, Seagull is a… Well he has played professionally for a few teams, NRG as of latest, but has now stepped down from the starting roster and is instead streaming. (But don’t worry, his plays are still at a pro level.) Seagull streams every day of the week except Tuesday and Thursday. Morning stream starts at 9am PDT/18:00 CEST, and evening stream begins at 6pm PDT/3:00 CEST. Well, more or less… His stream is friendly, meme-filled and includes many hilarious moments. Although he mostly plays DPS characters, there’s a reason he is the top viewed Overwatch channel.
You can find him here: twitch.tv/a_Seagull

But not everyone likes to watch birds play games. So how about a 16-year old Ana master? Gale is just that. He does not play professionally, but has ranked highly both in game as well as on various websites like Overbuff. Although he tends to play a lot of DPS like Solder and McCree, Ana is where he truly shines. Gale might be young, but his stream is no kindergarten. He answers questions asked in chat, he makes huge plays and has a really good time playing Overwatch. Gale can be found online most days of the week, starting around 10am PDT/19:00 CEST.
Gale can be found at twitch.tv/Gale_Adelade

Now, now. Don’t cry tank mains. I got something for you too: Harbleu. I’ve been a big fan of him for quite a while now, so just ignore the fact that Harbleu also currently is under NRG’s flag. That’s just a coincidence. I swear.

Anyway, Harbleu rose to fame when he played for compLexity during the early stages of Overwatch’s existence. The rumors spread wide and far by his notorious Roadhog skills. Fear struck anyone who even heard his name. Tracer mains had nightmares about his hook.
“Say bacon one more time…”
Anyway… Harbleu usually plays Roadhog, Zarya or Tracer. He is a relaxed dude with lots of humor and probably the best laugh NA. Harbleu starts streaming from around 10pm PDT/7:00 CEST.
He can be found over at twitch.tv/Harbleu

Also worth mentioning: Calvin, Spree, Ster, QueenE, Surefour, Lassiz, Mendokusaii
All of them are cool dudes/dudettes, unfortunately most of them streams about the same hours: Late afternoon/night for Americans, late night for Europeans.