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Blizzard address complaints over unplayable Overwatch Warlock Ashe skin

Published: 17/Oct/2019 7:36 Updated: 17/Oct/2019 8:26

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard have responded to complaints that the new Warlock Ashe skin that arrived with Overwatch‘s Halloween Terror event makes the hero harder to play.

The latest in-game event went live on October 15, as always bringing with it a host of new cosmetic items.

For many players, the new skins are the highlight of events – especially Halloween Terror, which has produced some of the most popular skins in the game. For Ashe’s new Legendary skin, however, players soon discovered an issue.

Players quickly discovered an issue with Ashe’s Warlock skin.

The Warlock skin is inspired by the World of Warcraft class of the same name, and sees Ashe sporting characteristic demonic horns, while B.O.B. is transformed into an Infernal, one of the demons that Warlocks can summon.

The version of Ashe’s Viper rifle that comes with the skin, however, gives the weapon a new sight to aim down, but players quickly complained that it is too obtrusive, making it harder to actually see what they are aiming at.

u/DanyDidNothingWrongThe original Warlock Ashe sight.

Given that being able to accurately aim down the sights is crucial to playing Ashe successfully, as the Viper is more precise and deals more damage when doing so, for many players the obstructive sight on Warlock Ashe makes the skin effectively unusable.

Fortunately, Blizzard have been fairly quick to respond to this issue, with game director Jeff Kaplan himself taking to the Overwatch subreddit to show off the updated version of the sight that will be added soon.

Kaplan didn’t give a specific timeline for when the update will go live, saying “we’re still working out a timetable to patch this fix in, thanks for your patience.” Given that the new design seems complete already, though, players hoping to use the skin likely won’t have too long to wait.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe new sight for Warlock Ashe.

Regardless, it seems players who like the skin other than the original sight should feel comfortable investing their credits in picking it up, knowing that at some point they will actually be able to use it without hindering their ability to aim.

As with all event skins, Warlock Ashe will only be available to unlock during the Halloween Terror event, either by a lucky drop in an event loot crate or buying it outright for 3000 credits. Those who don’t pick it up before the event ends on November 5 will have to wait until next year for another chance.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”