Everything You Missed from the Overwatch League All-Stars Event

Matt Buchholtz,

May 19, 2019 8:02 AM

From the Talent Takedown to the All-Stars Game, to an unplanned showdown, we cover everything of note that took place during Overwatch League's second All-Star Event.

The second Overwatch League All-Stars event has wrapped, and what a week it was. From shockingly impressive Widowmaker play in the Talent Takedown to the mixed-meta of the actual All-Star Game itself, viewers were treated to a bevy of non-traditional Overwatch League content.


Kicking the whole thing off was the Talen Takedown. This match—played between casters, hosts, analysts, and more of the Overwatch League on-camera crew—has long been a fan-favorite, as the talent aren’t exactly “pro” at Overwatch. The game tends to be more about the trash-talking and personalities between the players than the actual map objective. Some non-gaming highlights this year included Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles appearing as “EMOnte,” in full My Chemical Romance inspired gear, the return of Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez,, and a botched handshake/bow between Erik "DoA" Lonnquist and Ho "Danny" Chun-Wei.

As for the match, this year was fairly one-sided with the Atlantic Division taking down the Pacific quite effectively. Making the big plays for the Atlantic Division was Brennon “Bren” Hook. Known to many as “Brenji,” “Bridowmaker,” “Brecking-Ball,” or any other mash-up of his and a character’s name, the British behemoth popped-off on Widowmaker at a near-Platinum level of play, making short work of the opposing team. This “domination” lead Bren to challenge any pro player in the league to an 1v1 Widowmaker Duel; a challenge that would later be answered…

WIDOWMAKER 1v1 - Pacific

(Image Credit Overwatch League)
(Image Credit Overwatch League)

A test of mechanical skill and reflexes, the Widowmaker 1v1 Tournament is always exciting. Not selected as an All-Star, and therefore unable to defend his crown, Lane "Surefour" Roberts of the Los Angeles Gladiators was not at the event to the sadness of many. Perhaps in future years, this is something that Overwatch League could consider to help elevate the event even further. Despite this, however, it was a great year for the sniping showcase.

Yeon-kwan "Nenne" Jeong of the New York Excelsior had a challenging Atlantic road to the finals, taking down DPS legends such as Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee and Do-hyeon "(Big Boss) Pine" Kim. There they met Min-seong "Diem" Bae of the Shanghai Dragons who had reigned supreme on the Pacific side of the ladder. The finals were close, but when the snow settled on Ecopoint: Antarctica, Diem stood victorious.


Much like the game modes that the event is named after, the All-Star Arcade was a chaotic set of maps that were lighthearted and entertaining. Forcing players into less-than-optimal hero selections, the matches acted as a bit of a palette cleanser for the primarily single-meta Season Two that viewers have watched so far. The game types included the Shimada-only “Sibling Rivalry,” the support-only “Healers Never Die,” “Terrible, Terrible Damage” in which on damage characters could be selected, “Keeping the Peace” which saw only McCrees on Route 66, and the tankless “Thanks, but No Tanks” mode. While the Pacific Team won this on the scoreboards, the real winner was the audience, who participated in a line-dance before the Route 66 match.


The All-Star Game, itself, has always been a bit of a toss-up. Sometimes teams want to play seriously, some times they just want to have fun and be silly. The only thing teams seemed to agree on for this All-Star Game is that they just didn’t want to play GOATs. A good amount of 2-2-2 could be seen throughout the games, with even a Reaper making an appearance by Jay "Sinatraa" Won on Hanamura. Playing first to four, the Atlantic Team took maps quite quickly, only conceding a single map win to the Pacific Division.


(Photo Credit Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)
(Photo Credit Overwatch League)

As mentioned earlier, Bren had challenged any pro Overwatch player to a Widowmaker 1v1 batter. While this may have been the perfect opportunity to sneak in Surefour, instead the caster faced London Spitfire’s Jae-hee “Gesture“ Hong. Unfortunately for Bren, his performance peaked just before the match with his Machoman Randy Savage impression. The match was (predictably) one-sided, but was incredibly fun to watch, with support from casters and other players surrounding the snipers to cheer them on. Ultimately, Gesture took home the victory with a resounding 7-2 win.

This event marks the start of a break in Overwatch League play, with games kicking off again the first week of June.

(Feature Photo Credit Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment)


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