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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.



Oliver Florent is getting better with every game – he could be an absolute gun in the near future.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

I didn’t say the Swans needed all that in one player, nor did I say there is a player out there who provides both. They already have bullocking inside mids in Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker – Tom Mitchell doesn’t provide what Sydney’s missing.

They need a player who provides class on the outside. Dan Hannebery has been that man in the past, but he’s having a career-worst season.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

Tom Mitchell was a bitterly disappointing departure, but is a bullocking inside mid who wins the hard ball but doesn’t have a great deal of class on the outside the kind of player Sydney are missing at the moment? I’d say not.

What Sydney are really missing is a classy outside mid – the role Dan Hannebery is currently struggling to fill.

You raise some good points about the defenders being overworked, and the side not generating enough score – but let’s not forget the Swans were very close to taking the lead in the last quarter of both losses in the last fortnight.

If they’d pulled it off we’d all be lauding their ability to win when the chips are down.

Sydney are falling right out of flag contention

I do think his Adaptive Shield ability will need a nerf before it goes live. The idea he can go up to 1000 HP at the drop of a hat seems pretty powerful.

Overwatch's newest Hero explained

I think he’ll be an absolute menace on Control maps with smaller points – especially Ilios and Nepal – as well as defending on Assault maps.

His survivability and mobility are pretty insane, but I think his primary fire is definitely on the weaker side.

Overwatch's newest Hero explained


The season that was: A comprehensive rundown of Gfinity Elite Series Season 1

Been a long time since I’ve seen Brisbane appear four times in the tipping table.

I wouldn’t sleep on the Dogs or Giants this weekend, but it otherwise looks pretty straightforward.

The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 16

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