Olivia R. July 10, 2020
Cloud9 streamer PVPX recently called out San Francisco Shock’s Minki “Viol2t” Park for being toxic during a recent match, and the Overwatch League community is torn.
It all started when PVPX tweeted at Viol2t that it was “fun” playing with him.
“An Overwatch League player flaming multiple teammates in ranked and using ultimate in spawn because he is upset while streaming. Great look on professional Overwatch,” PVPX said.
He then shared a clip of Viol2t using his ultimate in spawn as Lucio, essentially wasting it. He then jumps around the stage at random, punching walls, staying far away from all of the teamfight action. A few other clips of Viol2t’s stream were also shared, showing him purposely throwing a game and not really being much help at all.
In response, Viol2t decided to call out PVPX for playing terribly that match. He sarcastically called him a “defense god gamer” and shared his POV match replay so others could watch PVPX’s poor performance.
“Me having a bad game doesn’t give you the right to force a 5v6 and flame our team when you weren’t playing good either,” PVPX retorted.
Some Junkrat mains shared the replay on their own Twitter, joking that they don’t “claim” PVPX as a fellow Grandmaster Junkrat. After watching the clip from PVPX’s point of view, many came to the conclusion that he was also throwing.
PVPX then shared a clip of Viol2t acting innappropriately through in-game chat. In the clip listeners can hear Viol2t telling his teammates to kill themselves and to “fucking die.”
“Nobody wants this shit to happen. We can ALL do better. INCLUDING MYSELF. I’ve dealt with three years of harassment for playing Junkrat. People telling me to kill myself just for picking it. People throwing games for my character choice. Today was my tipping point and I’m sorry,” PVPX tweeted soon after.
OWL fans debate toxicity, throwing ranked games
The Overwatch League community had trouble taking either side, but most eventually decided that Viol2t has more of a responsibility to act appropriately. They especially didn’t take kindly to his abusive language, especially after some recent tragedies in the streaming community.
While many felt that both players deserved “punishment” for their behavior during the match, the majority of fans felt that San Francisco Shock should step up and take action against Viol2t, whether it be a fine or behavioral training. Some tried to argue that “kill yourself” is a common phrase thrown around during games, but Viol2t being a professional player means he should be setting a better example and not taking part in extreme toxic behavior.
A few fans argued that those kind of threats are not taken seriously in South Korea, where Viol2t is from. But others dismissed such an argument, pointing out that the phrase shouldn’t be accepted no matter where a person is from, and that it certainly isn’t acceptable among his peers today.
“The hate isn’t going to stop and it never will. I still stand by my decision to speak up about what happened regardless if it makes me a human punching bag,” PVPX tweeted.
Aside from his initial response and then the retweeting of Bad Pachimari’s video of PVPX’s POV replay, Viol2t hasn’t made any further statements on the matter. The San Francisco Shock organization, which employs Viol2t, has also been silent thus far.
erkaSt joins NG
NG continue to add to their international roster with the signing of another high-profile player in the Asian scene, Erdenetsogt “erkaSt” Gantulga, bringing the player count in the starting lineup up to four, each one of them from a different country.
Now a household name in Asia, erkaSt first made a name for himself in Oceania, where he was part of the Grayhound squad that played at IEM Sydney in 2018 and 2019, made two ESL Pro League Finals and competed at the IEM Katowice 2019 and StarLadder Berlin Major’s New Challengers Stages.
The Mongolian player then had to return to his home country after not being able to secure a work visa in Australia following the StarLadder Major, where he achieved moderate success with TIGER, winning the first Regional Major Ranking tournament, the Weibo Cup Asian Championship and making the final of the latest RMR tournament, Perfect World Asia League Fall.
Since returning to Mongolia erkaSt has accrued a 1.15 rating and has had strong performances at all of the RMR tournaments with a 1.20 rating at ESL One: Road to Rio Asia as well as 1.19 and 1.14 ratings at the PAL Summer and Fall events, respectively.
“For the past year since Grayhound, I’ve been playing with and giving my experiences to my fellow Mongolians and the community there as a player”, erkaSt says, “but from today onward, I’m very excited to call NG a new home and really looking forward to play with my new teammates and the journey ahead of us. Thank you for all your support and especially NG for giving me this opportunity!”
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XTQZZZ on Vitality’s six-man roster: “We’re going to make substitutions mid-series depending on the map”
Vitality coach Rémy “XTQZZZ” Quoniam has revealed that Nabil “Nivera” Benrlitom will start practising with the team this week as part of a rotation system that will be employed moving forward. The 19-year-old is expected to make his debut in the BLAST Premier Final Series — the perfect proving ground for the former Heretics player as the team are already qualified for the BLAST Global Finals.
“The team will make substitutions mid-series depending on the map,” XTQZZZ wrote in a Twitlonger post. “It will allow some players to rest on training days (very few until the end of the year), to rotate, to be able to make decisions and to remain as competitive as possible.”
XTQZZZ gives three reasons for the expansion of Vitality‘s roster, starting with the congested fixture schedule in Counter-Strike. “We have had a much higher number of tournaments, matches and weeks over the years,” he said. “This is essentially related to business, where we’re looking for a profitability that does not currently exist.”
The second reason he gave is the team’s struggle to perform consistently in a packed schedule while facing constant pressure to obtain results. This, according to him, affects “preparation ahead of intense matches”.
The French coach also talked about mental health and burnout, a hot topic as several players have requested medical leaves this year due to the heavy workload. “These problems are essentially created by a loss of balance, a loss of fulfilment, a loss in the professional life and a loss of pleasure,” he explained. “We must pay attention to each one of our players.”
Regarding the addition of Nivera to the roster and the effect that it will have on the group, XTQZZZ insisted that the Belgian player will not be claiming anyone’s spot in the starting lineup. “Vitality’s objective is to continue training young talents while keeping the experience of our legends. Nabil doesn’t come to bench anyone.”
The French coach also shared his thoughts about jumping into uncharted territory, saying that Vitality will “give the project a certain amount of time to see if it can be effective, well-received and beneficial.”
“We will try to adapt to the system in the short/medium term,” he added. “In six months it may be different or perhaps even more complicated, but none of us can predict the future with the current situation.”
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