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Robert “shadder2k” Mocanu is one of the best Genji players in professional Overwatch. This weekend, he proved that he was not just a great player but also a pretty nice dude.


shadder2k and his cohorts in Team Liquid faced off against EnVyUs on Watchpoint Gibraltar during this weekend’s HND Overwatch Invitational. The most remarkable thing about the match is what he didn’t do. After Liquid manages to push the payload to the first checkpoint, shadder2k climbed to the top level and began to harass the enemy team. Here, he runs into Lui “Lui” Olivares’s Soldier 76.


Pegging him a few times with throwing stars, shadder2k backs off when he realizes that Lui isn’t responding. It’s unclear why he is frozen. The moment seems lost on the announcers but chat was more enthusiastic, painting shadder2k as a good-sporting chap deciding to spare a lagging opponent.

“Nice guy shadder stopped shooting,” one commenter said.

“Shadder being a gentleman,” another said.

This display of battlefield chivalry comes shortly after a shake up in EnVyUs’ roster. Earlier that day, Dennis “HULK” Hawelka left the team to join Laser Kittenz as head coach. Lui filled the open slot. EnVyUs would go on to win the series against Team Liquid 2 to 1. A turn of events that undoubtedly occurred because of shadder2k’s moment of mercy, butterfly effect style.

It was a most honorable deed, shadder. You truly are Genji in heart and spirit.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.

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