Casters Spark Tweet War after Player Calls them Cancer
Three weeks into the Overwatch League Inaugural season, Dallas Fuel player Felix “xQc” Lengyel has again found himself brushing elbows with the league’s officials by commenting on the quality of the casting. Overwatch League casters DoA and MonteCristo were quick to make their own reply.
In a live segment during the league’s preview show Watchpoint, caster Erik “DoA” Lonnquist played a doctor giving a diagnosis to fellow caster MonteCristo, who personified Dallas Fuel. DoA states that Monte suffers from “Extremely Questionable Conduct,” or “xQc”. The diagnosis continued with “it leads to a lot of issues, it can be chronic,” and that “in extreme cases, I’ve seen amputation.” This gag comes as a rebuttal to xQc’s tweet a few days earlier (which was later deleted) where he states “that casting gave me cancer”. xQc is known for his erratic, sometimes inflammatory remarks on stream.
In another rather sarcastic tweet, xQc responded;
Love the casters. I think they are great and appreciate my fellow owl players. Furthermore, the enforcement of the rules is fantastic. This community is the epitome of esports. I love every single one of you. My favourite emote is the neutral ‘:)’ in chat. Use it more often!
Sparking a back-and-forth between xQc and MonteCristo, the latter rebutted that “being a living embodiment of Twitch chat isn’t a substitute for having a personality.” The squabble eventually degenerated into the two trading a sarcastically charged and arguably toxic chain of tweets.
This is the second time since the start of the league xQc has been in hot water for his behaviour. In week one, he used some pretty derogatory language referring to an openly gay player in the OWL, making him the first player to be suspended by the league. Unfortunately for the Dallas Fuel, xQc is a key member of their roster and a top tier main tank player; losing him may arguably have cost them points in stage one.
With the league in its infancy, there are notorious grey areas where public figures clash with their online personas. The league’s official code of conduct was outlined in February and states that team members and owners may “not engage in any activity or practice which brings him or her into public disrepute or scandal;” a rule xQc has now arguably broken twice.