The second day of the 2020 Overwatch League playoffs is behind us, and it’s the end of the season for another four teams. The 2018 champions London Spitfire, Toronto Defiant, Boston Uprising and Dallas Fuel have all been knocked out. As such, Chengdu Hunters, Los Angeles Gladiators, Atlanta Reign and Washington Justice are all progressing to the next stage.
Read on for more on how that all went down.
London Spitfire 1-3 Chengdu Hunters
The Hunters were always likely to be competitive in a meta where shields aren’t favored. Main tank Ding “Ameng” Menghan is famed for his terrific Wrecking Ball play, and he won all three maps that he played during the 3-1 win.
As great as Ameng is, the match will probably be best remembered for the Spitfire’s terrible loss of focus while defending on King’s Row, which allowed Ameng to sneak the payload into the final checkpoint — even though he was napping after being hit by a sleep dart. It wouldn’t be the Overwatch League playoffs without a horrible C9, which, poetically enough, is named for the Spitfire’s parent organization Cloud9.
Toronto Defiant 2-3 Los Angeles Gladiators
The second match of the day, between Toronto Defiant and Los Angeles Gladiators, was much closer (and more entertaining) as it went all the way to the third point of map five. Ji-hyeok “birdring” Kim was feeling sick and missed out on Illios, which Toronto won. But after he subbed in for Chris “MirroR” Trịnh, birdring helped the Gladiators come roaring back to claim Hollywood and Temple of Anubis. The Defiant themselves bounced back to take Dorado.
We saw yet another player best known for playing in the damage role flexing over to tank duties in this match. Justice have been deploying Gui-un “Decay” Jang on Zayra and here, Brady “Agilities” Girardi was on Roadhog for Toronto during the first four maps. Main tank Seb “numlocked” Barton subbed in for the deciding map, Lijang Tower, but the change didn’t quite pay off as the Gladiators won out.
Boston Uprising 1-3 Atlanta Reign
After that slobberknocker, Friday’s second North American playoffs match saw Atlanta Reign take on Boston Uprising, who surprised many by beating Houston Outlaws on Thursday. If you tuned in at halftime and saw that the Reign were up 2-0, you might have thought they were running away with this one. Both maps were close though, and Boston rallied back to dominate on Volskaya Industries.
But they couldn’t keep the good times rolling, and lost out on Havana to exit the playoffs. The Uprising played well over their two playoffs matches, and after the torrid season they’ve had, they can go into the offseason with their heads held relatively high and start looking forward to 2021.
Washington Justice 3-0 Dallas Fuel
The final match of the day had a heck of a storyline going into it. Decay left the Fuel in somewhat acrimonious circumstances in August and joined the Justice a week later. I can’t say with complete certainty that he was out for blood when he took on his former teammates, but you can do the math.
This one wasn’t all that close. The Justice won 3-0, but the Fuel didn’t help themselves by opting for strange, firmly off-meta hero picks in Torbjörn on Lijiang Tower and Genji on their Numbani attack. Decay’s probably feeling pretty pleased after helping the Justice dump out the Fuel.
As for what’s next, Chengdu have to make it through one more knockout match on Saturday before they can enter the knockout stages, and it’ll be a tricky one against New York Excelsior. In the day’s other APAC match, Hangzhou Spark will battle Seoul Dynasty.
The North American sides who advanced will go into the double-elimination rounds tomorrow. There’s a stacked lineup of matches as Gladiators will play Philadelphia Fusion, while the resurgent Justice battle one of the Overwatch League’s juggernauts in the San Francisco Shock. Paris Eternal opted to take on the Reign, which means Los Angeles Valiant will revive their rivalry with Florida Mayhem. You can check out the full schedule for all of Saturday’s matches right here.
Benefit broadcast raises over $131K for CK Hospice – BlackburnNews.com
Benefit broadcast raises over $131K for CK Hospice
September 27, 2020 6:00am
The first-ever benefit broadcast to support the Chatham-Kent Hospice has raised over $131,000, however, additional donations are still being accepted.
The Hearts Together for CK Hospice Benefit Broadcast was held on September 24. A program to share information about the Hospice, as well as some live entertainment, was broadcast through YourTV and Facebook Live.
“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the generosity and kindness shown by donors in support of our Hospice families. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many restrictions associated with it, Chatham-Kent Hospice continues to provide compassionate care to those at end-of-life and their families,” said Event Chair Randi Bokor Caron. “These funds will be used to ensure Hospice residents remain comfortable and connected to their families at no cost to them.”
The Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation announced plans for the benefit broadcast in July as it was clear typical fundraisers would not be able to run as per usual due to pandemic-related circumstances. The inability to host certain fundraisers has posed as a major obstacle considering the hospice relies heavily on community donations and the annual Benefit Gala, which had to be cancelled this year.
Operational costs to support the Hospice requires $108,000 in donations each month, according to the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.
The Chatham-Kent Hospice has served over 823 families since it opened in April 2016.
The Hearts Together for CK Hospice Benefit Broadcast was made possible through sponsorships from several local businesses such as Victory Lincoln, Battery Boy, Honey Electric, MBI Financial, Schinkel’s Gourmet Meats, Teksavvy, Westhoek Construction, and Programmed Insurance Brokers.
West Kelowna Warriors complete sweep of Vernon Vipers – Similkameen Spotlight
The Vernon Vipers fell to 0-2 in the B.C. Hockey League’s Okanagan Cup exhibition tournament Saturday night on home ice.
Deegan Mofford’s goal with 15 seconds left in the second period gave the visiting West Kelowna Warriors a 2-1 win over the Snakes at Kal Tire Place, completing a home-and-home sweep in the first two games of the tourney.
The Warriors beat Vernon 4-1 Friday at Royal LePage Place.
Kaidan Johnson gave the Vipers a 1-0 lead, tapping in a goal-mouth pass from defenceman Trey Taylor at 19:02 of the opening frame.
Carter Wilkie got that one back for the Warriors with a shorthanded goal at 16:30 of the second.
Zach Bennett picked up the win in goal for West Kelowna while Cloverdale product Roan Clarke was stellar in net for the Vipers.
The Okanagan Cup is a two-month tournament that will feature the Okanagan’s four teams, the Vipers, Warriors, Salmon Arm Silverbacks and Penticton Vees.
The tournament will consist of a total of 27 games as each team will face-off against one another four times. The games will take place on Fridays and Saturdays with each team playing a total of 12 games.
The final weekend of play will commence on Saturday, Nov. 7, followed by a weekend of semifinal and final action, beginning Friday, Nov. 13 and concluding with the championship game on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“This a great opportunity for our fans to get their hockey fix,” said Vipers executive vice-president Todd Miller.
Each of the teams 12 games will be streamed live on HockeyTV.com. In addition, all four organizations are excited to showcase their players on Shaw with select games airing on the Shaw channels across the Okanagan.
The Vees started the tournament 2-0, sweeping the Silverbacks 7-0 in Salmon Arm, and 8-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The tournament continues Friday, Oct. 2, when the undefeated Warriors and Vees tangle in Penticton. The clubs play again the next night in West Kelowna.
The Vipers will visit Penticton for a mid-week game Wednesday, Oct. 7, before the two teams meet at Kal Tire Place Saturday, Oct. 10.
New Minecraft Mob To Be Added Based On The Player’s Vote During Upcoming Minecraft Live Event – Happy Gamer
Minecraft Live is back on Saturday, 3rd of October and players will be able to vote for a brand new mob to be added to Minecraft. There are three choices: the Iceologer, the Moobloom, and the Glow Squid.
The last time an event like this took place, players chose the spooky Phantom as the next mob to be added. If you’ve ever had a few sleepless nights in Minecraft you’ve probably met this winged beast!
Moobloom, Iceologer or Glowsquid: the decision is YOURS! During #MinecraftLive, on October 3rd, it’s all power to you to vote on which one of these mobs will be added to Minecraft!
Learn more about the mobs and how you can take part in the vote:
— Minecraft (@Minecraft) September 27, 2020
Here’s a quick rundown of the exciting new mobs to be added according to the player’s votes during the Minecraft Live event in October.
First up, the Iceologer. This is a new Illager to be added to the ice biome (you may have seen this character if you’ve played Minecraft Dungeons.)
You won’t find the Iceologer chilling out on the snowy plains, but on the top of the large mountains that dwarf the ice biomes.
They’re not friendly, in true Illager fashion. They’ll start flinging some painful ice clouds at you – might make you think twice about climbing those mountains!
Next up, the Moobloom. This four-legged flowery moo is making an appearance from Minecraft Earth. Unlike the Iceologer, the Moobloom is as sweet as the flowers on its back.
There are some clues that the Mooblooms and Bees might be able to interact with each other in some way. Might make those flower biomes even more special!
Last up, this is the mob that I’m most excited about. The Glow Squid. If there’s anywhere that needs some new fun mobs it’s the ocean biome, which is massive but can feel quite empty!
The Glow Squid will be a brand new colorful addition most commonly found in the deeper and darker spots of the ocean and will add a lot of atmosphere to the already quite pretty ocean biome.
Three brand new mobs, but only one mob can be added to Minecraft. The vote will take place during the Minecraft Live event, a large event dedicated to the world of Minecraft across its many platforms.
To take part in the vote you’ll need to be on the Minecraft Twitter page during the event. A poll will appear and you can vote for which mob you want to be added to Minecraft! The choice is yours.
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