Overbuff Recall - November 12, 2021
Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-Bo Passes Away at 20
The Philadelphia Fusion reported on Sunday evening that Kim “Alarm” Kyeong-Bo had passed away. Alarm had played support for the team since October 2019 and played on Fusion University for over a year and a half before that.
“We are devastated and heartbroken to hear about Kim ‘Alarm’ Kyeong-Bo’s passing. Alarm was the heart and soul of our organization, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as we mourn this tragic loss.
The Kim family and the Fusion ask for privacy during this incredibly difficult time.”
Alarm’s family shared a message of their own through the Fusion’s socials:
“Alarm left us today during the first snow in Korea this year. Our son didn’t like rainy days so we were worried about his departure, but he left in peace with everyone’s sendoff. We wish KyeongBo ‘Alarm’ Kim to be remembered by everyone just like the first snow.
We would like to sincerely thank everyone for their kind condolence messages to our son, Kyeongbo ‘Alarm’ Kim. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the Philadelphia Fusion team, colleagues, and friends who attended the funeral and fans who supported us.
We hope everyone stays healthy and wish you all the best in the future.”
Calls were made to add a tribute to Alarm in the Overwatch League. Then Vice President of OWL Jon Spector said he appreciated the suggestions and wants to find a way to honor his legacy but would only do so with consultation from his family and teammates after space and time were given to grieve.
The former Fusion social media manager shared pictures of Alarm that did not make it to social feeds for whatever reason.
OWL Gets New Leadership
This week the Overwatch League announced that Sean Miller would be stepping in as Director of the Overwatch League, taking over for Vice President Jon Spector who is moving from the Overwatch League to the Overwatch team.
Earlier in the week a job posting for Director of the Overwatch League was listed, which now looks like it was a formality. Miller is not new to the league and previously served as Senior Manager of Product Strategy and Team Operations.
The announcement adds with vagueness that Matt “Mr. X” Morello will be taking on an expanded role within the OWL community to further engage with fans and viewers.
This week’s death of Alarm reminded the community that it has now been four years since INTERNETHULK passed away. The Overwatch League went on to create an award in his honor, the Dennis Hawelka Award, given to the player who had the most positive impact on the community that season. (Liquipedia)
Controversy was stirred late last week when the London Spitfire announced the signing of Owen “prov1de” Warner. Formerly known as slur, in early 2020 chat logs that were more than two years old at that time were released showing Warner using racist and ableist language. In response he tried to apologize and the LA Valiant dropped him before he could play. Fast-forward to now, the community hadn’t forgotten his comments but General Manager Noukky defended the decision saying that “Learning to be a better person doesn’t stop after the age of 20 or 40… People progress their whole lives. [What he did] is something the community will always hold him accountable for. No one said [his comments] are now nullified or dismissed. [Socializing] and rehabilitating people is also a part of society.”
The Cole Cassidy New Blood Challenge has begun and lasts through Tuesday, November 23. For playing during this event you can earn the Sandstorm player icon, spray, and skin for Cassidy. For watching any Overwatch streamers during the event, you can earn sprays related to the accompanying comic. (Don’t forget that you must claim streaming rewards every two hours to begin progression on the next.) Personally I was most excited because we’re finally getting lore content for Pharah! (event details) (comic)