Former Overwatch Pro Continues To Be A Self-Own Machine

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Former Overwatch League problem child Félix “xQc” Lengyel was streaming last night when he ended up in the same match as a frighteningly skilled Widowmaker player going by the handle “Kannagang.” When players on the other team suggested that he might be cheating, xQc investigated by looking at his player profile.

“Yeah, he’s a hacker,” xQc claimed after a quick peek at his stats. A bit later, he offered evidence to his stream audience in the form of a stat comparison to Terence “Soon” Tarlier, who he’d also been playing with. “Soon is one of the top aimers in the game, and his crit is at 19,” xQc said, pointing to a stat for headshot percentage. “A nobody has 31 crit.”

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Only one problem: this wasn’t a nobody. It was the Florida Mayhem’s Jung-woo “Sayaplayer” Ha. In the next match, xQc and Kannagang ended up on the same team, meaning they were able to voice chat with one another. “I’m Sayaplayer, man,” Kannagang said after xQc accused him of trying to throw the match because he was mad that xQc called him a cheater on stream. “Shut the fuck up. Shut up, shut up, shut up,” replied xQc.

Eventually—to prove that he was, in fact, Kannagang—Sayaplayer logged on to his own stream. Almost immediately, a teammate asked him if he was cheating. “No, I’m Sayaplayer,” he said, his words buoyed by a tidal wave of exasperation. “I’m streaming now.”

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Turns out, Sayaplayer really is just that good, something xQc went on to apologetically acknowledge later in his stream. Want (more) proof? Here’s Saya during a stream the same day going on a headshot rampage in a deathmatch full of other Widowmakers:

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God. Damn.

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DISCUSSION

xQc definitely overreacts at the outset but 31% crit accuracy is high enough that it’s fair to assume a player is hacking. xQc does not handle it well, something that shouldn’t be surprising considering his total lack of social skills, but the assumption at its core is reasonable if we’re just looking at the numbers.

This article is totally unnecessary and has no business being filed to Compete. Is the need to sandbag the guy so strong that it overrides the need to cover actual Overwatch League news? AimGod arrived in NA today, big deal. Fl0w3R turned 18 today, pretty big deal. OWL patch uncertainty and the significant uptick in focus over the last two days or so, very, very big deal. Minimal to no coverage on any of this but we’re getting gossipy looks into the streaming career of a former pro? Ridiculous.