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Korea’s best Zarya was accused, and cleared of Overwatch hacking

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We’re slowly developing the competitive world of Overwatch with tournaments and leagues sprouting up all over the world. In South Korea, Overwatch has already challenged League of Legends which has, for the past four years, held the number one spot. Their professional community is tight knit and includes a lot of professionals from Team Fortress 2, and various other first person shooters. This tight community descended into chaos recently as a 17 year old female gamer taught everyone a lesson and was subsequently accused of hacking. After undergoing an investigation by Overwatch Korea and Blizzard she turned up clear, and even offered footage of herself playing and inevitably owning.

Why would a 17 year old require Blizzard’s investigation? Well, Gegury, as she is called, is currently the best Zarya in South Korea (possibly the world?) with a KPD of 6.31 and a win rate of above 80% with over 400 games played. Her team, largely due to her performance, won the Nexus Cup qualifiers defeating a number of well known professional Korean teams and this is where all hell broke loose. Her performance in scrims and other leagues were all up for debate, but as mentioned above all evidence came back clean and she really is just that  good.

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Prior to Blizzard’s investigation two professional Korean players waged their competitive careers on the results of the investigation stating they would quit professional Overwatch if she came back clean. Well, she did and they quit Overwatch. While they stuck to their word, it doesn’t change the fact that Gegury underwent heavy emotional strain even receiving alleged death threats from one of the professional players, but this has not been confirmed. The following was mentioned in the Reddit post which broke the news.

“Yep, ELTA and Strobe from Dizziness quit, first they said that everyone from their team would quit the team, however the team leader on Artisan (Who is 32?) has been very generous and given Dizziness players grace. However with the giant uproar in community, it’s pretty impossible for the primary instigators ELTA and Strobe to keep on going so they resigned. (Strobe also made a death threat I think),” said user Calycae who originally posted the thread.

The footage she offered shows undeniable skill. It’s over an hour long, but it really takes one half of a map to see just how good Gegury is. I just wish people wouldn’t find it so incredulous that women not only play games, but that they can be damned good at them too.  One day.

You’ll notice her movement and map awareness is incredible. It’s no doubt that Gegury has some serious skill and her Zarya was so good it caused two professional players to quit. Zarya is not an easy tank to play, and quite frankly her use of both attack skills is near perfect. This entire saga has brought some harsh, yet heart-warming awareness to her and her future is looking bright. Right now I’m excited to see how Gegury performs on the world stage against top European and North American teams when we finally get a major international event. Perhaps BlizzCon?

 

Last Updated: June 21, 2016

25 Comments

  1. Pariah

    June 21, 2016 at 15:03

    Good. The more the asshats in the esports world quit, the better it gets for everyone.

    GG for pwning them, Gegury

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    • The Order of the Banana

      June 21, 2016 at 16:39

      Listen to Pariah! This man speaks the truth!!

      Reply

  2. Gavin Mannion

    June 21, 2016 at 15:12

    She’s obviously cheating though because Zarya is the worst hero in Overwatch.. FACT…

    Or I’m just useless with her.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 21, 2016 at 15:16

      Gavin “I always die in play of the game” Mannion
      *RUNS

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        June 21, 2016 at 15:22

        He’s really a team player who makes everyone on the (other) team look good.

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      • Sageville

        June 21, 2016 at 16:17

        Truth

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 21, 2016 at 16:24

          o/

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 21, 2016 at 15:17

      short duration of her barriers makes her a challenge, shes all about timings and coordination with team mates.
      her skill set makes her more reliant on team work than most heroes.

      Reply

    • th3SiCn3ss

      June 21, 2016 at 15:44

      I usually just use Alt+F4, it’s her hidden ability 🙂
      Sorry that’s Zenyatta’s hidden ZEN ability……

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 21, 2016 at 15:48

        LOL

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      • Yondaime

        June 21, 2016 at 16:58

        XD thank you for making me spew noodles all over my screen!

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  3. Ottokie

    June 21, 2016 at 15:12

    She just has less than 15ms ping and the others have 160ms 😛

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 21, 2016 at 15:13

      She can kick my ass in Overwatch and probably out drink me too.

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      • Ottokie

        June 21, 2016 at 15:14

        Zarya or the player?

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          June 21, 2016 at 15:15

          I wouldn’t feel so bad if it was Zarya

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  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 21, 2016 at 15:13

    I can’t even follow. Watched it full screen from 5:55 and my eyes started to hurt. Okay so Zarya can be devastating in the right hands. The power boost she gets from her shields makes her strong AF. Also Mei can’t freeze her when the shield is active and they had a Zenyatta to heal them.

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  5. VampyreSquirrel

    June 21, 2016 at 15:17

    Watched the first match… scary good.

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      June 21, 2016 at 15:18

      I can’t even shoot that good with aim assist 🙁

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        June 21, 2016 at 15:22

        lol, noob 😛

        I can’t shoot that good with a 4000dpi mouse.

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  6. Matthew Holliday

    June 21, 2016 at 15:21

    quality movement indeed.
    her use of the payload and enemy meis walls / self heals as cover was mad

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  7. Sageville

    June 21, 2016 at 16:17

    http://masteroverwatch.com/

    I found this while being sexist…

    Reply

  8. The Order of the Banana

    June 21, 2016 at 16:38

    Maybe there is truth to the rumour that kimchi bestows magical powers on young gamers… All these years, I’ve been trying to enhance my gaming prowess through the use of Iron Penis QiGong… but instead… I should have turned to Korea for guidance!

    Reply

  9. BakedBagel

    June 22, 2016 at 11:55

    I knew the whole “why cant they just accept that woman are good” would be bought up

    Bruh. If it was a dude, it would have had the same outcome. Was there not some hacking accusations going down with a widowmaker player recently?

    Not all gamers think that woman cant play games or are not good at them.

    fuck

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  10. B4d R0b0t

    June 22, 2016 at 16:06

    Good, glad they quit.

    Reply

  11. Lis Boriss

    August 16, 2016 at 21:49

    I honestly wonder if she would have been accused of cheating if Gegury were a guy. Like, if a dude has those skills and that record, sure he’s amazing. A girl does it? “omg girls can’t be that good at games, she must be cheating.”

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