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Stirling Coates


Joined March 2012







Stirling Coates started out as an AFL crowd contributor, and now is in charge of The Roar's esports section.



The last time Carlton contested semi-finals before Judd joined was 2001 – I don’t know where you’re getting your stats from but they hadn’t played finals in forever when Judd made the move.

Carlton are worse than ever, but how did they get there?

Carlton finished in the bottom four the year before Judd joined.

Carlton are worse than ever, but how did they get there?

I can’t play as her to save my life either, but getting outdueled in 1-on-1s by her as Roadhog or Reaper is just silly. They’re supposed to be the close quarters specialists.

How to deal with Brigitte

I don’t think they’ve ever nerfed that many cards in one go. Quite surprising but definitely needed when the card pool isn’t as deep at the moment.

Spiteful Summoner is a sad one to me. They found it was being used in a somewhat unintended way that made it more powerful, but the nerf they implemented now makes other ways of using the card less viable.

Blizzard’s nerfs have injected some fresh life into the game

I think, at launch, just about everything to do with their character, except her movement speed, was too strong in some respect.

Too much damage per strike, too much self-healing, shield has too much health, ultimate lasts too long and gives her friendlies too much armour, shield bash had too short of a cooldown, whip shot has too much range.

I get that Blizzard were trying to change the healer archetype a bit by removing their traditional weakness to flankers, but they didn’t really do enough to compensate that lack of weakness in my opinion.

Good to see her finally getting some nerfs.

How to deal with Brigitte


Everything you need to know about Stage 4 of Overwatch League

So, you’re saying the only thing stopping Essendon from winning flags is the fact their coach’s gameplan is incompatible with the modern game?

Don't worry about the state of the game

You can see Shudderwock coming from a mile away. Awkward/mis-timed Saronite Chain Gang or Grumble? Yep, that Shudderwock is on the way.

I’ve been having an enormous amount of success with Rush Warrior, Odd Priest, Tempo Hunter and a pretty nasty OTK non-Shudderwock Shaman deck I concocted.

More of the same old in The Witchwood?

So, even if every single extra free kick Collingwood were awarded yesterday resulted directly in a goal, the Dons would’ve still lost by seven points.

Here’s a harsh truth for you Harry, the Bombers got found out on the big stage and have been severely overrated all pre-season (including by myself).

Consequential Anzac games, and what they mean for the 2018 AFL season

The odd-only and even-only decks will definitely become a lot more prominent as the year goes on and more cards are added to the pool.

Right now even-only just feels too weak (unless you’re playing Paladin), and odd-only works for a handful of classes at best.

The origins behind The Witchwood's most discussed legendary cards

I made it a goal a long time ago to try and master one or two characters in each category, but looking at the pros I’m wondering now if it’s better to try and master all the characters in one category.

Overwatch teams explained

Agreed, I would’ve thought playing at your home ground anywhere from 15-17 times a season would constitute a ‘real home ground advantage’

Adelaide Oval "very loud" says Buckley; "How many goals that's worth, I don't know"

I think the builder characters need a re-work more than a buff.

I can’t think of any improvements you could make to Torbjorn or Symmetra that wouldn’t just make them incredibly frustrating to play against.

Overwatch League has become better since the Mercy meta’s departure

Disappointing to see he thinks he’s ‘free’ now to tweet about what he wants.

All that talent wasted.

The tricky issue of etiquette in esports

Interesting to see Dallas starting to turn it up this stage. I had them in third at the start of the season so they’ve still got time to save me some face!

Everything you need to know about Stage 2 of the Overwatch League

All fair points Macca.

AFL preview series: Brisbane Lions - 16th

An article praising AFL X and hoping for Giants silverware?

Traditionalists might need a trigger warning.

Down with the haters: AFLX will be fun!

It’ll be interesting to see whether some of the struggling teams can pick it up with Mercy no longer being an auto-include.

I remember one of Houston’s players flat out saying they knew they could knock off San Francisco because their support players don’t like using her. If Ana and Lucio can get back into the meta those teams could do a lot better too.

The Overwatch League is about to get interesting

I think you’ll find in almost any sporting league that obscene language directed towards another person (homophobic or not) has always been punished more heavily than obscene gestures.

I would argue that xQc would’ve received a similar suspension for what he said, regardless of whether the person he directed it toward was openly gay.

Dallas made the right decision to extend xQc's suspension

I think Moira will definitely start to jump in a fair bit more – but honestly she might even get used as a DPS in the same way a lot of professionals use Sombra as a support.

You’re right about Symmetra – and you can throw Torbjörn in with her too. Blizzard still need to work out a way to get builders viable.

As stage two approaches, what impact will the newest patch have on the Overwatch League?

Definitely need to nip any staging in the bud.

AFL to abolish Match Review Panel in 2018

Nathan Wilson is an enormous loss, I really don’t think enough of a deal has been made of that.

AFL draft analysis: Greater Western Sydney Giants

Don’t know how Adelaide slide to eighth. Need a bit more than what you’ve written here to back that up.

2018 AFL crystal ball: Familiar faces in the big dance

From the AFL’s website;

“Gold Coast have traded Gary Ablett, a round 2 pick (No.24 overall) and a 2108 fourth-rounder to Geelong for and end of first round compensation pick (19 overall) and a 2018 round two pick.

So the compensatory pick the Cats got for Steven Motlop now goes to the Suns as part of the Ablett deal. Interesting. ”

A 2108 fourth-rounder? Jesus that’s planning ahead.

AFL trade news and rumours Day 10 live blog

Yep that was a typo. We’ve fixed it now.

NRL announces 2018 draw