Female Overwatch pro Aspen tops North American leaderboard

Olivia Richman • February 28, 21:13

Professional Overwatch player Becca “Aspen” Rukavina has staked her claim to being the best support player in North America. 

Female Overwatch pro Aspen has climbed up the ranks to become the top support in North America with 4,700 SR. The talented player plays a variety of support heroes in Overwatch including Brigitte, Ana, Mercy, and Lucio. For this season, Aspen mostly used Baptise and Lucio to climb the ladder since rushdown-style team compositions are dominating the meta. 

Despite the success, the news has been met with a lot of toxicity from the gaming community. In response to her tweet, a lot of men declared that using Baptise was an “easy” way to get to the top. Others stated that Aspen was carried up the leaderboard. One male Twitter user even claimed she reached rank 1 due to a lack of people playing Overwatch right now. 

Luckily many people in the esports community had Aspen’s back. This includes Overwatch League pro Timo ”Taimou” Kettunen and commentator Jack Wright, who called her a “legend.” 

Aspen has been streaming on Twitch since 2017, most often playing Overwatch. She signed a contract as a content creator with Cloud9 that lasted from 2018 to 2019. She decided to leave the organization and announced that she was going pro around that time. Her goal has been to compete in the Overwatch League. 

Unfortunately, a lot of the harassment has gotten Aspen down. On February 2, Aspen said she was “giving up” mentally due to the amount of hate she kept receiving. 

Given that Aspen has hit number one, it seems like she’s fought off some of her doubts and mental exhaustion to prove herself inside the game. Many Overwatch fans congratulated Aspen on the achievement and seem confident that an Overwatch League team will notice her in the near future. 

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