A long-requested kill feed update is now on the Overwatch PTR - Dexerto
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A long-requested kill feed update is now on the Overwatch PTR

Published: 8/Jan/2019 12:27 Updated: 8/Jan/2019 12:32

by Joe O'Brien

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The latest update to the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR) made a long-requested change to the kill feed.

In addition to several hero balance updates, the latest PTR patch also added a kill feed notice for when D.Va’s defense matrix denies enemy ultimate abilities.

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D.Va’s defense matrix can be one of the most important abilities in the game. Managing to nullify a massive enemy ultimate, such as Zarya’s Graviton surge, might very well be the difference between victory and defeat.

In the past, however, such moments were often hidden. In the heat of an intense team fight, even the most experienced commentators and viewers might easily miss the split-second interaction that determined the outcome. In online matches too, it might very well be that most players never realize what occurred in their own game.

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On the current PTR, however, catching an enemy ultimate with the defense matrix now clearly shows in the kill feed. Naturally, this only applies to ultimates that act as singular projectiles, such as the Graviton Surge, Hanzo’s Dragonstrike, or Tracer’s Pulse Bomb, which can be entirely denied by the defense matrix.

With the kill feed update, however, comes another update that will make denying enemy ultimates harder for D.Va to pull off.

The update also includes a nerf to her defense matrix, increasing the cooldown from one second to two. Though it may not seem like a huge difference, in the frenetic pace of Overwatch it’s long enough to be significant, and opponents will now more accurately be able to time their ultimates while the ability is unavailable.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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