Overwatch League matches move fast, and one key aspect of clutch plays often stays off-screen and unacknowledged: the support players who heal up the pros pulling off those killstreaks. Most of those successful takedowns happen while the damage-dealing player is in the pocket - that is to say, getting healed continuously by a support player.
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Head coach Da-hee "Crusty" Park just left the Boston Uprising for the same job with the San Francisco Shock, one day after the team narrowly missed out on winning every single game in the Overwatch League's third stage. Yesterday, New York Excelsior won the title and put a stop to Boston's undefeated streak.
When Overwatch pro Jonathan "DreamKazper" Sanchez followed Anna* back on Twitter, she was in shock. A 16-year-old high school junior, Anna had only just purchased Overwatch for her Xbox One but was sold on the league of charismatic pros championing the blockbuster first-person shooter.
The first game she tuned in for was New York versus Boston, a scrappy but promising team that, she said, had a special energy. Like any fan, she went through the team's roster and followed her favourite players on Twitter. Sanchez was the only one who sent her a direct message thanking her.