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Baptiste story could hint at upcoming Overwatch Hero 31

Published: 17/Jun/2019 21:01 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 21:13

by Bill Cooney

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The new short story released by Blizzard on June 17 previewed an upcoming skin for Baptiste, but could also give players an early look at “What You Left Behind” follows Baptiste and his former Talon teammate “Mauga” as they go on a mission in Haiti and also contains flashbacks to his time in the organization.

A lot of people are convinced Mauga is a favorite to be the next Overwatch hero, since we get quite a bit of detail about his abilities while reading through the short story.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste and Mauga in “What You Left Behind”.

Finally, a Talon tank hero

Mauga shares a lot of similarities with the Talon Heavy Assault in the “Retribution” and “Storm Rising” Archives events, particularly his twin heavy machine guns “each as tall as a full-grown man”.

From the artwork along with the story, he also seems to be packing some serious armor, maybe on par with Reinhardt himself. During the story Baptiste even comments that “Mauga was like a demon” he’s so hard to take out.

He also has a large, frontal combat shield he can use, but whether it only protects him or his teammates as well remains to be seen.

Magua was illustrated in a lot of detail in the new short story, where he appears as a massive dude covered in tattoos with a white streak through his hair. He’s basically the poster boy for the Talon Heavy Assault.

When does Mauga come out?

June 17, when “What You Left Behind” was released, was the first time we’ve seen or heard about Mauga and there was no information given that hinted towards a release date.

There will probably be a mini-event similar to the Bastet and Nano Cola challenges where players can unlock the new Baptiste skin previewed, but we have no clear dates for that at the time of writing either.

With everyone freaking out about a possible new hero and players itching to earn the new Baptiste skin, it would be the perfect time for Jeff Kaplan to deliver another Developer Update with more information.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.