Blizzard Confirms Schedule for New Content Joining Competitive Play Going Forward - Dexerto

Blizzard Confirms Schedule for New Content Joining Competitive Play Going Forward

Published: 23/May/2018 20:29 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:58

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard has confirmed its new approach for adding new content to the competitive playlist.

After trying several strategies for the introduction of major new features to ranked play, Blizzard has apparently settled on a two-week delay from the release of such content to the live servers to its addition to competitive.

The decision was announced after the newest Escort map, Rialto, was added to the competitive playlist just over two weeks after its release on May 4th, rather than waiting until the end of the current competitive season.

Overwatch developer Scott Mercer confirmed in a post on the official forums that this would be the pattern for major content updates going forward.

“With today’s (May 22) patch, we made Rialto available in competitive play instead of waiting until the next competitive season on July 1.

In the future, our plan is to make new heroes and maps available in competitive play two weeks after their initial release.”

Blizzard has tried a variety of approaches for adding new content to competitive play. As such changes can significantly effect the way the game is played, Blizzard has tried to avoid introducing the likes of new maps or heroes into ranked matches immediately.

With the most recent new hero, Brigitte, many felt that Blizzard’s approach was too cautious. She was withheld from competitive play for an entire season, which meant an entire month between her initial release and players being able to use her competitively.

In response to such feedback, it seems Blizzard has now settled on a shorter period, still allowing time for players to get acquainted without the consequences of risking ranks on the unfamiliar, but without delaying new content significantly for those who play predominantly in competitive.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.