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Blizzard scraps Moira rework plans after Overwatch player backlash

Published: 28/Jul/2020 9:07

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has officially scrapped plans to hand Overwatch healer Moira a mini-rework in the title’s next update, following community backlash over the experimental Fade changes that were shipped during a July 23 testing patch.

The Overwatch community has been in an uproar since Blizzard shipped a series of changes for Moira in their latest experimental update. On the Experimental Card, Moira’s Damage Orb dealt a huge 150 damage per second.

The Irish healer’s Fade ability also got a mega-sized buff. Upon activation, Moira’s defensive ability would now cleanse nearby teammates of status effects. Allies would also be immune from all damage for up to one second.

The Overwatch development group, Team 4, has admitted they wanted to push the envelope on the Fade upgrade. To get a proper test, they needed it to “get used… and feel powerful” in the testing realm. Mission accomplished, it seems.

The buffs ⁠— which some players had already dubbed “the most broken” change in Overwatch history ⁠— won’t make it to live servers, however. Blizzard community manager Molly Fender confirmed they had been scrapped in a July 27 post.

Moira was set to be
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Moira’s “broken” rework will never reach live Overwatch servers, Blizzard has confirmed.

“Sometimes during development, it’s more helpful to test abilities at extremes and fine-tune with balancing after. It’s likely that if we wanted to pursue the Fade ability change further we would adjust the ability’s cooldown,” she explained.

“That being said, we’re not currently planning to move forward with the Moira changes being tested. The team has already been working on a few other tests aimed toward our goals; we have more we’d like to try… with her abilities.”

Though Fender couldn’t offer up an insight into what these new changes might look like, she did reveal the targets Blizzard is aiming to hit with Moira’s updates. They want to dial up the fun for the Overwatch healer, and make her “dynamic.”

“We have a few main goals for Moira gameplay. We want Moira to be fun to play, we want her to have the opportunity to make big, game-impacting plays and finally we want her gameplay to feel skillful and dynamic,” Fender said.

Moira will get her chance to shine in later Overwatch patch by the looks of things.
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Moira will get her chance to shine in later Overwatch patch, by the looks of things.

Moira wasn’t the only Overwatch hero bundled onto the latest Experimental Card either; DPS hero Genji copped some hefty nerfs too. Unfortunately for players who main the edgy ninja, those will be hitting live servers soon.

Fender wrote, “the tested changes to Shuriken are aimed at re-balancing his burst potential. We believe these changes are the right direction for Genji. We’ll be patching these Overwatch changes into live game modes soon.”


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.