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Clever Moira rework would make Overwatch hero more skill-based

Published: 26/Jun/2020 0:00 Updated: 27/Jun/2020 18:52

by Michael Gwilliam

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A proposed change to Moira that would make her more skill-based and fun to play with or against is gaining some traction in the Overwatch community.

The Overwatch support hero Moira has been quite controversial since her release, as she’s able to output large amounts of healing and damage through her orbs and primary fire without needing much skill.

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The major issue comes with her Biotic Orbs, which deal up to 200 damage or heal for a whopping 300 HP – not to mention her basic damage, which also has a life steal component.

YouTuber BlameTheController addressed all these problems in a new video, where he outlined how he’d rework the hero.

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Moira's Halloween Overwatch skin
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Moira is so easy even a zombie could play her.

Primary fire changes

For starters, he would lower her damage dealing per second from 50 to 40, but with a twist: Now, instead of hitting only one enemy, it would target multiple foes at once.

To compensate for the multi-target attack, the range of her primary fire would drop all the way from 20 meters to 14.

Basically, this change would make Moira’s primary attack more similar to Mei’s blaster (minus the freezing, of course). While it would make it more difficult for her to hit targets, she could do a bit more damage overall by being able to hit more foes and recharged her healing resource meter.

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Reworking Biotic Orb

The next major changes come in the form of Moira’s Biotic Orbs. With BlameTheController’s idea, there are some significant reworks.

While their speed would remain the same, their duration would be 1.5 seconds shorter with an 8 second cooldown to compensate.

Now, they’d no longer be healing or damage based. Instead, they’d have a healing buff and debuff effect on allies and opponents.

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Moira activated Orbs
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Moira’s Biotic Orbs would be reworked in a big way.

As the orbs remain tethered to a hero, their effects would increase from 20% all the way up to a maximum of 60%. Think of it a bit like Ana’s Biotic Grenade where it increases healing received for allies and denies healing for opponents.

Finally, the rework would also add a new ability for Moira called “Taking Risks,” which would be tied to the reload button.

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This attack would deal 75 damage to Moira herself, but it would refill her resource meter making it a gamble that could pay off in a big way.

Seeing as how Blizzard has struggled to balance Moira in the past, these changes could be the ticket to making her a more skilled hero in the long term.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

OW 2 code in Battle.net
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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.