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Overwatch League casters fire back at player who called them ‘cancer’

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“Dr. DoA” diagnoses xQc as a chronic problem

Three weeks into Overwatch League’s second stage and the competition’s hosts are proving they’re not to be messed with.

Overwatch League caster Erik “DoA” Lonnquist, playing the role of a physician on the League’s preview show, Watchpoint, used his time to fire back at a tweet sent out by Dallas Fuel player xQc this week. When Overwatch League caster MonteCristo steps in for a meeting with “Dr. DoA” to find out what’s going on, an X-Ray is taken, and MonteCristo learns he’s suffering from xQc — Xtremely Questionable Conduct.

“It leads to a lot of issues, [and] it can be chronic,” Dr. DoA tells MonteCristo. “In extreme cases, I’ve seen amputation. So we’ll have to circle back and talk about that one a little bit later.”

The joke comes just a couple of days after xQc tweeted — and then quickly deleted — a comment saying that “casting is cancer.” xQc later apologized for the tweet, but MonteCristo called him out for his apology’s sarcastic tone.

“Love the casters,” xQc said. “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 of of you. My favourite emote is the neutral “:)” in chat. Use it more often!”

The two had a back-and-forth on Twitter, with MonteCristo telling xQc he could get away with a lot more if he didn’t rely on “tired memes and unoriginal phrasing” in his tweets.

“Being a living embodiment of Twitch chat isn’t a substitute for having a personality,” MonteCristo said.

None of this would particularly matter if it wasn’t for a new code of conduct released by the League. The code of conduct, which was made public on Feb. 22, states that players must “observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship” and “not engage in any activity or practice which brings him or her into public disrepute or scandal.” Going back and forth with one of the League’s most notable casters after referring to his position as “cancer” may be infringing on those rules.

xQc’s tweet marks the second time the player has been called out for his behavior. The player faced disciplinary action, and was suspended and fined $2,000 by the Overwatch League for making homophobic comments about another player during one of his personal streams. xQc’s behavior brought into question whether there should be rules about professional players’ conduct on personal channels. The League currently doesn’t have any specific rules regarding personal streams.