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Following the shocking event that hit everyone last week with the passing of Dennis “INTERNETHULK” Hawelka. The community took to honoring the Overwatch Legend by taking to twitter and mentioning their experiences with Dennis, there were also the creative minds that took it to illustrate Dennis throughout his best moments in his journey through Esports, as well as others that simply offered words of comfort for everyone that knew him.
For those whom didn’t know much about him, Dennis started out as an Overwatch Player on the Legendary team IDDQD, notorious due to all the high-profile players who were part of it.
He quickly raked up multiple first place finishes in weekly Overwatch events as well as some minors, until being picked up by Team EnVyUs where he’d then become more known as they began taking on the major leagues.
With his squad he made it look really simple, as they took on Major after the other, always ending in top positions. The best one came pretty quick, as Team EnVyUs were invited to Korea to take on the OGN Overwatch APEX’s first inaugural season. Although many saw this as a waste of time and possibly a spirit breaker, with many teams going to Korea and returning basically broken after being torn apart by the eastern teams. His team didn’t lose hope, and with his guidance, made it to become the first Western team to win on South Korean soil.
Following his vast range of achievements as a player, he was invited as a guest coach for Rogue. Here he attempted to guide them through the OGN APEX series but would be cut short as they were eliminated in the group stages.
He would then get picked up by Team Liquid as Head Coach, where his road to success resumed, with Team Liquid ending in a 2nd Place finish in the Overwatch Contenders Season Zero.
As initially mentioned, the community’s response has been emotional, and exceptionally respectful, both in words and in actions.
Part of this was the organizing of the HULKTASTIC Cup, organized by a portion of the community, the event was held to help his family with any costs needed in such a time. However, later in a statement his father issued, he claimed he would not take a penny unless needed, and would then otherwise donate the sum to a charity. The event went on to build up a sum of around $26,000.
Following this beautiful community initiative, Blizzard Entertainment also took two initiatives of their own.
First, the PTR server now displays the message “In Loving Memory, #Hulktastic”, but they did not stop there. They also announced that the Overwatch League will also feature the Dennis Hawelka award, given only to the player they deem to have had the most positive impact on the community throughout the year.
Whilst also wishing our sincere condolences to all friends and family, we hope to honor Dennis and to follow an Esports scene worthy of his standards.
In loving memory, #HULKTASTIC