The Justice and the Chengdu Hunters locked horns for their first match of the new stage and impressed everyone with their experimental team compositions, which included 27 of the total 30 Overwatch heroes. The Chengdu Hunters ended up winning the well-fought the series with a 3-1 map score.
We caught up with Justice DPS Ethan "Stratus" Yankel to ask him about his thoughts on the OWL meta going into the second stage, the future of his team, and the status of the GOATS composition going forward.
Stratus: I think it does two things, one is morale for the team. It shows we can perform on stage, and we can do things well next time. The other big thing is the end of season playoffs, every map counts toward that. So obviously we want that win.
All the people and communication were super positive, like, “Yeah, let’s go, let’s go!”
I think it’s a combination of two things. One, the map pool is way different from stage one. There is a lot more open maps, so compositions that are more spam focused combined with the Lucio speed boost nerfs mean that as you cross open areas, you get chunked down more. This means other things are more viable due to the changes. To be honest though, GOATS is still really viable, and if the maps were tighter like the stage one maps, we would be seeing a lot more of [GOATS]. So we are blessed with this map pool.
I would say it’s more the balance changes. The Lucio nerfs make it harder to cross large areas, but the map pool has an impact as well. The balance changes I think outweigh that.
I think it will slow down. More things will become more viable now
100% yeah. You got to see it on map 4, when Cory on DPS popped off. Once we got him on DPS, Cory in the house. All Stage 1 he was saying “put me on widow,” we were experimenting with Widow GOATS and stuff like that too. So yeah, I think so.
If you look at a lot of the players in the OWL you can’t trace back their history too far. A lot of them grew up, a little bit, playing this game. Just a little bit.
Oh, it’s hard to say. I think a big reason is that Overwatch appeals to a huge group of people, people who may not have been interested in Esports before. I know that was the case for me, when I started playing the game I was like “Oh, this is really interesting,” and before I never really wanted to pursue esports. So, maybe just right place right time.
I think as a team we are all really positive, there is no negativity toward each other. To the point where, we weigh ourselves down when we are winning or losing. We are always able to come back. This makes a big difference in negative situations with the team, because we don’t create them. The team atmosphere is really good.
It’s definitely healthy. I will say, coming after stage 1 we have been taking our practice more seriously. Our team environment has changed a little bit too. We recognize that we are not in a good position, we aren’t where we want to be. So we have been stepping it up. You know, there is a balance between being healthy and also taking things super seriously, and we are still trying to get to that.
Not to complain, but a better stage 1 schedule would have helped with that. To be honest, I don’t think we are too far behind. So I think a lot of it comes down to fixing coordination issues, and I don’t think it will take much time at all to catch up.
I think so. We have definitely done more experimentation than other teams, especially coming into this new meta. Maybe not quite as heavily as Chengdu per say, where they have been trying to forge a new meta with their bear hands. But I do think that experimentation and our willingness and ability to play other heroes will pay off in the end.
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