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Raisin
SteamID64: 76561198071407172
Country: United States
Signed Up: September 18, 2017
Last Posted: March 18, 2019 at 2:36 PM
Posts: 433 (0.8 per day)
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Good to see I was at least right about one of my predictions. I may have been completely wrong about everything else, but I'll take it.

posted 2 days ago

I don't think this is such a great idea. I mean, what will Florida do for away games? TviQ doesn't even have a pilot's license yet!

posted 5 days ago

4 different regions represented on one team is pretty cool. Maybe Gaga can be the next Ameng

posted 1 week ago

I hope the burger was good.

posted 1 week ago

Dafran was... awful tonight. Decay didn't play at his best but he still managed to win the Zarya battle by a wide margin.

posted 1 week ago

I guess NoSmite was the problem?

posted 2 weeks ago

Soliciting a prostitute in the United States in 2019 is an action that makes human traffickers richer and increases the demand for sex slaves. Actions have consequences beyond the immediate here and now. Willful ignorance of the problems you are indirectly creating through your actions isn't just blinking, it's closing your eyes to the world entirely. He walked into the building knowing there was a very real probability he was paying a human trafficker to have sex with a kidnapped girl who wouldn't ever see a cent of his payment. This wasn't just hiring a prostitute to have sex with him discretely at a motel. The building was a brothel disguised as a spa run by multiple people in a highly organized system.

posted 3 weeks ago

Depends on whether or not he knew the people running the whole thing were involved in human trafficking.

posted 3 weeks ago

Alright, I used to have nothing against the 3-3 but after watching my boy Sayaplayer dome the heck out of the Hunters on Busan and still lose my heart kinda broke.

posted 3 weeks ago

I'll admit it, Jinmu is one hell of a player

posted 1 month ago

https://twitter.com/OWBeacon/status/1095233476796641280

I take back everything bad I've said about the new-look Dragons, this team is going to dominate.

posted 1 month ago

because the match doesn't matter and they want to let Danye have some fun would be my guess

posted 1 month ago

Yeah, to be honest I hadn't taken the time to learn everything I possibly could and actually watch a lot of the players joining in season 2. Come to think of it, I'm sort of like the king himself, MYKL, when it comes to my opinions. I'm overly confident, I like to cause controversy, and I want to get things out as fast as possible. So, I guess, treat my posts as if they were coming from him.

As for the Defiant, I remember climax being O2 Ardeont's best DPS player from what limited action I saw of them, which is why I didn't think of Ivy and Stellar as stars, but I could be wrong about that. Neko was good in S1 for Uprising, but I always thought the stars of that team were Gamsu, Striker, and to a lesser extent, DreamKazper before he got kicked out of the league.

posted 1 month ago

I'd agree on the idea that the world cup shows us something about GOATS play, but it's also important to recognize that the nerf to brig makes stun-slam less important, and could completely change the way Zarya is played in that composition.

Profit and birdring both play widow at a roughly equal level. They're both extremely flexible players and Birdring ends up playing more because of Profit's value on other heroes.

posted 1 month ago

Dang it, I knew I wrote something wrong :0. Honestly, the Korean bias is partly me not wanting to put Houston higher because people would think I was crazy and partly me not wanting to completely write off China as a weak region, leading to the inclusion of Charge and Spark where they are. As for Philly, I submit the opinion that Carpe is overrated. Profit can do everything Carpe does at the same level while being much more flexible. When you look at Carpe's signature heroes, Tracer and Widow, there are plenty of players who can outclass him. (SBB, Striker, Profit, and maybe Effect are better Tracers. Pine, Sayaplayer, and Profit are better Widows).
I wish I knew more about each team's brig play, for sure. We've never really seen any of the s1 teams run GOATS, which is why I put Vancouver as high as I did. They're the one team we know for certain can run GOATS and win with it.

posted 1 month ago

He's only getting playing time because Chengdu couldn't sign a player who managed to get himself cut from both LA teams

posted 1 month ago
  1. NYXL: They were the best team throughout the majority of season 1, and the addition of Nenne makes them even stronger. Their DPS line is better than anyone else's by virtue of sheer depth of talent, and their supports are both MVP caliber players. To top it off, the coaching and management are second-to-none.
  2. LA Gladiators: If roar can fill Fissure's massive shoes, the team will dominate. Decay is a huge upgrade over hydration. Surefour could very well be the best NA player in the league. Their coaching and strat-calling seem to be a bit unique, but it's paid off for them in the past.
  3. Seoul Dynasty: Jehong can play Ana again, and he's about to remind all of us just how good he is on that hero. Tobi can play Lucio again. Fissure gives this team 5 potential all-stars. If Munchkin can perform at a high level throughout the season, they will be a very tough out as long as Mercy and Zen don't become the only playable supports again.
  4. SF Shock: Architect is probably the most underrated player in the league. The guy is a monster on flex dps. He will be paired alongside the most dangerous tracer player in the league, Striker. The Shock were a pretty decent team the last 2 stages of S1, going 11-9 across both stages, and they got 2 amazing upgrades in Striker and Viol2t.
  5. Hangzhou Spark: Apparently, I was wrong, and Krystal and GodsB have hero pools that perfectly compliment one another. That makes this team an upgraded version of the x6 team that beat Runaway in Contenders KR S1. IDK and Guxue are nuts.
  6. Vancouver Titans: Runaway + Harshaa = big wins. Not much else to say, really.
  7. Guangzhou Charge: Hotba really impressed me during Philly's playoff run. He should bring a solid veteran presence to the core of a fairly good Meta Bellum team that will be augmented by one of China's best DPS players, Eileen.
  8. London Spitfire: They were a mediocre team throughout most of S1 that caught a lucky hot streak in the playoffs and won 6 matches after being taken to the brink of elimination by an LA Gladiators team that was missing its best player. These guys did not show that they could do much besides sit back and pray that Profit would carry them. On top of that they didn't add anything of value to their roster in the offseason. The only reason these guys aren't even lower is because Profit is so damn good that relying on him to hard carry is a viable strategy.
  9. Houston Outlaws: What? Houston Outlaws in 9th? Ahead of Philly Fusion? Allow me to explain: The regular seasons for Houston and Philly were almost identical, Houston had a better map record but Philly won two more matches, with philly doing better the stages when Mercy/Widow dive was the only viable comp, and Houston doing better when more comps were available (they won games in stage 4 running muma on Brig with no main tank!). Philly's playoff hot streak came at the expense of a Boston team that was in complete disarray and had gone 4-6 in stage 4 and an NYXL team that was running outdated comps with bad strategies. They were then promptly rolled 6-1 by the Spitfire in finals. In addition, Houston arguably had the hardest schedule of all the teams in S1, with the four teams they didn't get to play 4 times having a combined record of 12-28 in the stages they didn't play Houston. To top it all off, Philly had a strictly worse offseason than Houston, losing two valuable players and gaining absolutely nothing. I've said this about Houston before and I'll say it again: they are not a patch team. There is no evidence to suggest that they can't make playoffs running anything other than the very specific Mercy-Winston-DVa-Zen-Tracer comps that were mandatory in stages 2 and 3. Oh, and they also picked up a tracer player, so they'll probably be able to run that comp just fine too.
  10. Paris Eternal: I'm going to trust you guys on LHCloudy and that he's a good player. The team doesn't have any major holes, but aside from soon they don't have anyone particularly exciting. For all the hype about Shadowburn, he's never really shown anything out of the ordinary besides his Pharah. On the one hand, daemoN and Seita are proven good coaches. On the other, well, KyKy's reputation speaks for itself.
  11. Philly Fusion: See Houston Outlaws above
  12. Dallas Fuel: If Effect plays like old Effect, they could finish much higher, but if he blows up again, the team could have another meltdown.
  13. Atlanta Reign: Dafran and Gator are trouble waiting to happen, and once Dafran inevitably gets benched, their DPS play will probably not be great. That being said, they have a pretty solid tank line so I don't see them crashing too hard.
  14. LA Valiant: They're a decent team, but they'll be playing most of their games 5v6 since KSF and Bunny are hot garbage.
  15. Shanghai Dragons: Despite their wealth of talent on DPS and support (coma is insane), they retain the tank line and ownership from an 0-40 team. I don't trust them to do well.
  16. Toronto Defiant: They're a mid-tier contenders KR team without a star or even particularly good synergy.
  17. Florida Mayhem: How far will Sayaplayer go until he reaches his breaking point and joins a team that can actually use his talents? Will bqb end up feeling the same way? Will any of their coaches make it to stage 3?
  18. Boston Uprising: The three bottom teams all have one thing in common: terrible dps players. Though Boston's are the best of the three by a considerable margin, Aimgod is a disaster on Zen so...
  19. Washington Justice: Janus and SanSam are a decent tank line, but remember what I said about Shanghai? Picking up a DPS player from an 0-40 team is a bad idea. Pairing him with Stratus or Corey is even worse.
  20. Chengdu Hunters: Baconjack is a complete joke. There is no way in hell a player from a PAC team that consistently got destroyed by mediocre Koreans and who hasn't even played in a over a year belongs in OWL. He will play alongside Jinmu, a mid-tier contenders CN player and YangXiaoLong, a guy who quit for PUBG. No amount of clutch support plays from Yveltal and Garry/Kyo will save them from their massive feeding.
posted 1 month ago

Good ol' Harb coming back to get that chicken contendies dinner

posted 1 month ago

Wait, what? Why'd they cut Tizi and Woohyal if they were going to sign 2 Koreans anyway?

posted 1 month ago

Chicago
Busan
Sydney
Berlin/Cologne/any large city in Germany
Milan
Tokyo
Rio/Sao Paulo/Buenos Aires/Mexico City

posted 1 month ago

Sparkle will never play in OWL. By the time he finally turns 18 he will be so burnt out of grinding in contenders while watching players worse than him make OWL that he'll quit.

posted 1 month ago

Microwaved shredded cheese is a terrible idea

posted 2 months ago

Pavane got picked to be the head coach of the Korean world cup team for a reason. NYXL still has very good coaching

posted 2 months ago

SF Shock will contend for a title in S2 led by the best coach in the league, Crusty, and the ridiculous dps duo of Striker and Architect. If Viol2t is as good as I've heard he is, they could legitimately win the entire league.

NYXL will (and should) trade Ark, who will become the most expensive player in league history.

Shanghai will be the biggest disappointment of any team. With their failure to upgrade their tank line and inability to get Decay the team will just look like a worse version of the contenders KR team that lost to Runaway.

Philly Fusion are objectively worse than they were last season. They might struggle to make the playoffs, especially if Zarya stays in the meta, since they lost their two best Zarya players in SDB and Hotba.

posted 2 months ago

Mind you, that isn't to say I think teams should go full Korean. The most consistent and meta-proof teams throughout S1 OWL were Valiant and Gladiators after getting Fissure. Mixed teams are the way to go. Limiting your talent pool to a single region, even if that region is Korea, is a mistake, but if you're going to make that mistake, don't keep around players you aren't going to sign just for marketing.

posted 2 months ago

If your team exists solely for marketing, that's kind of unfair to the players. The Hurricane players will never move up to Spitfire and Cloud 9 can make other OWL teams pay more in transfer fees than the players might otherwise come with, making it harder for them to get signed into OWL. A Contenders team should be a feeder team to develop prospects that you want to bring up to OWL one day. Similar to how it is with minor league baseball in the US, the organization doesn't care about the success of the whole Contenders team as much as they care about cultivating talent that they can bring up to their OWL team. If you own an OWL team, which would you rather have, a team that wins Contenders in your region but provides no boost to your main team or 2 solid players that you can bring up to the big leagues in case a player on the main team can't keep their spot for whatever reason? If Spitfire continues to drag in top British talent into Hurricane but doesn't give them a chance to make OWL, that hurts the EU scene more than if the Academy team had Koreans.

posted 2 months ago

Hey maybe this will finally make people realize how stupid the "local/regional talent" idea is and appreciate their team's players regardless of where they're from.

posted 2 months ago

Toronto: No real star power, dps players aren't particularly exciting.

Chengdu: None of their players except for Yveltal and maybe Lateyoung have shown anything in the past year that would suggest they belong in OWL.

Seoul: Hitscan DPS. Munchkin is going to have to play significantly better than he did last season.

Shanghai: They kept a tank line that played half of the season for an 0-40 team.

DC: Their support line is hot garbage

Philly: Boombox is average and Poko's Zarya is worse than his dva.

LAV: KSF and Bunny were unimpressive during S1.

Paris: Finnsi is a bit of a question mark for me, and Shadowburn has a tendency to be really inconsistent.

Hangzhou: Either Adora or Bazzi is going to have to step it up big time, since Krystal and GodsB have very similar hero pools.

Florida: Sayaplayer will still be completely left out to dry by a weak tank line and mediocre supports. The only difference is that his dps partner will at least share his misery of being significantly better than the rest of the team.

London: Profit can only carry a team so far. Eventually, the rest of the team will have to pick up the slack.

Boston: Their management is a hot mess and Aimgod looked pretty bad in S1.

LAG: Yeah these guys are pretty much set. The team is loaded with talent and the players all seem to like each other.

Dallas: Dallas still is going to have to deal with the team chemistry issues that plagued them throughout season 1, but this time they won't have the steadying presence of Seagull to help out.

SFS: They have to figure out who is going to play dps. Striker is probably their most talented player but I'd be worried about the mental aspect of things due to the events surrounding him and Boston.

NYXL: They have 3 hitscan dps who at times have looked like the best player in the world. Which one of them gets playing time and how they perform will be key.

Atlanta: Dafran and Gator are trouble waiting to start. I'm not sure how their personalities will mesh with the Koreans.

Guangzhou: Support line is somewhat unproven, no real star player.

Vancouver: They need to adjust from playing like a contenders team and playing against contenders teams to the new world of OWL. Haksal and Stitch will have to be at their absolute best.

Houston: They have a solid Dva in coolmatt. They have a great Zarya in Spree. They do not have anyone who can play both of those heroes at an OWL level, meaning the comps they can play on any given map will be very limited.

posted 2 months ago

PHF-LDN= 2-3
NYXL-BOS= 4-0
SEO-LAG= 3-2
SHD-HZS=3-1
TOR-HOU= 2-3
ATL-FLM= 3-2
DAL-SFS= 3-1
CDH-GZC= 0-4
LDN-PAR= 3-1
WAS-NYXL= 0-4
LAV-HZS=3-2
VAN-SHD= 3-1
HOU-BOS= 3-1
PHF-ATL= 4-0
SFS-LAG=1-3
SEO-DAL= 3-1

Don't sleep on Seoul with Ana back in the meta. Also, y'all are bold picking a Boston team that will have exactly 1 dps player available.

posted 2 months ago

Yes, let's increase the prize pool of our league with salaried players and team spots that cost far more than could ever be made through prize money alone instead of making it so that contenders players can eat.

posted 3 months ago
  1. Shanghai: Fearless was just another cog in the broken machine that was the Dragons. His play wasn't at the level it needed to be.
  2. Chengdu: Ameng is a mid-tier CN contenders player. I refuse to believe he would be anyone's first choice.
  3. Florida: AwesomeGuy wasn't good enough to help Sayaplayer carry.
  4. Boston: I don't even know if Gamsu will be the main tank come season 2. The org seems broken, which isn't really Gamsu's fault, but don't expect much from him or anyone else on that team.
  5. Paris: Unlike many of his teammates, Benbest doesn't actually have good results against top teams. Team France got rolled by Canada in the OWWC (although I'll admit that was mostly winz's fault), and Young and Beautiful went 2-3 in groups each season of EU contenders before promptly losing in the first round of playoffs.
  6. Toronto: O2 Team had one really good run in contenders KR but were never particularly impressive in their play.
  7. GZ Charge: I honestly can't say much about Rio other than that Meta Bellum almost always beat who they were supposed to beat and lost to who they were supposed to lose to.
  8. Houston: Muma is a solid player but tends to choke in big moments. Pretty much sums up Houston as a whole now that I think about it.
  9. San Francisco: Super is basically Muma with a better Winston and worse Rein.
  10. Atlanta: Popko is good but Element Mystic were choke artists in Contenders KR so that gives me some pause when rating him.
  11. Dallas: OGE was one of the biggest reasons Dallas were able to turn around their season in stage 4. Losing Seagull hurts, but rCk should be fine enough as an off tank for the two to be able to coordinate well on dives.
  12. Washington Justice: Janus looked pretty good in season 1, but then again, he was playing alongside the best players in the league so perhaps our image of him is clouded by how his team did.
  13. Philly: You don't make the OWL finals without talented players, and both Sado and Fragi can play the role at a very high level.
  14. LAG: Roar is probably the best thing they could've found to replace Fissure. Sadly, he isn't Fissure.
  15. Hangzou: Guxue looked like the best player in China over the past few months. NoSmite could start for most teams.
  16. Vancouver: Runaway wins games. Bumper wins games.
  17. LAV: Fate provided consistent high level main tank play on both Winston and Rein throughout Season 1. South Korea chose him as their main tank for a reason.
  18. London: Gesture provides a solid Winston, great Rein, and a proven champion. His teams have been the best in the world when it comes to performing in clutch situations.
  19. NYXL: Mano was the anchor for what looked like the best team in the world for most of Season 1. He is equally good on Rein and Winston, which will help NYXL adjust to changing metas.
  20. Seoul: Fissure was an MVP candidate most of the season playing for a team he didn't want to be on and with whom he couldn't really communicate. He single-handedly transformed the Gladiators from a bottom 4 team to a championship contender. His Rein isn't quite as good as his Winston, but his Winston is the best in the world by a fairly wide margin.

edit: I don't know why the numbers show as counting up for me. In case it needs clarification, it should be counting down from 20 (Shanghai) to 1 (Seoul)

posted 3 months ago

Oh shit they got Harsha easy first place for Vancouver

posted 3 months ago

Overall score: 8.5

DPS: The DPS of this team are very good. Krystal and GodsB in particular are fantastic. The only problem I can see happening with this team is when they play goats. Since GodsB and Krystal both prefer to play Brig over Zarya it will be difficult to have them both in the game at the same time. It's not really a bad problem to have, but it is one that comes up in other places. Hangzhou have a couple of cases of having two really fantastic players on the same role.

Tanks: Guxue and NoSmite are both exceptional main tanks. The only problem is, they're both main tanks. Ria will do fine and probably end up playing sort of a coolmat-style of consistent but not particularly flashy dva.

Supports: IDK is arguably the best player on the team, and could very well become a top player in the league. Their flex supports will probably do enough to hold their own against most of the opponents they face.

Summary: Solid, consistent, but not particularly flashy. They should comfortably make playoffs and could play in the semifinals or even finals, but I wouldn't pick them as a favorite to win the championship. They made smart and relatively safe picks regarding their player selection, and that should help them find stability early on. I obviously don't know how much each player is getting paid, but aside from IDK and maybe Guxue I would guess they didn't have to shell out tons of money for the roster. All signs point to the management knowing exactly what they were doing this offseason.

posted 3 months ago

god damn it jebaited again

posted 3 months ago

I'm just not sold on any of the Moss 7 Club players or Baconjack. M7C was a middle of the pack team in contenders CN and Baconjack hasn't played in a year, and when he did play his team, Flash Wolves, was a constant disappointment. This team does have some good pieces, but I feel like by not going with a mixed team they're wasting some of Garry's value as a player who played on an otherwise full Korean team. YXL is also a bit of a question mark for me. Sure, he was good on Miraculous Youngsters, but as we saw with Winz during OWWC, time off does matter, and YXL hasn't played since before OWL S1.

posted 3 months ago

Remember how team Korea made China look like a joke in the OWWC grand finals? Yes, that was obviously the best team in the world and team China did look good in their win over Canada, but this team is strictly worse than team China.

Chengdu is looking like a solid pick for the worst team in season 2.

posted 3 months ago

Is that... a South American player actually getting the chance to show his skills in a stronger contenders region? Let's go Klaus!

posted 3 months ago

Zenith of Optimism is probably the best team name I've ever seen

posted 3 months ago

https://twitter.com/brgaminghouse/status/1065325640965111809

Players are still planning on playing under the name Based Tryhards as an orgless team.

posted 3 months ago

From what limited experience I have of seeing gameplay at that level, is it not possible to just stomp everyone on Winston? It seems like Winston could punish a lot of the mistakes those players make.

posted 3 months ago

Over.gg just hasn't caught on within the general OW community. Unlike HLTV and even TFTV, this site isn't known by everyone in the community.

posted 4 months ago

For years the Chicago Wolves were the minor league hockey team of the Atlanta Thrashers, while the Rockford Ice Hogs were the minor league team of the Chicago Blackhawks. Fans who care enough to pay attention to the t2 scene would have been able to figure it out.

posted 4 months ago

Yeah, but think about cavemen trying to play Overwatch

posted 4 months ago

Because the only thing better than 4 dps players is 5

posted 4 months ago

God I hate that Team Canada/LA Gladiators strat of waiting by spawn to make swaps on control. GGs though, Canada showed a lot of toughness to bring it back, especially considering they had just played a match right before this one.

posted 4 months ago

It's time for these youngsters to pull off the miracle

posted 4 months ago

MGE Mike and the LANimals showed why they belong in OWL. If I had any doubts after yesterday about the quality of EU Overwatch, they're gone. EU>>>>NA

posted 4 months ago
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