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Could Overwatch’s McCree buffs be a hint at the next major update?

Published: 27/Jan/2020 20:16

by Bill Cooney

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A new update recently came out on the PTR that significantly buffs McCree, among other heroes, but players are asking why exactly Overwatch decided to beef up the gunslinger in the latest update.

Every other hero included in the January 23 Overwatch PTR update was nerfed, except for McCree, who saw buffs to his ultimate and 50 additional health added.

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Even though the hero ban rumors have been shot down by Jeff Kaplan, Overwatch personalities have been signing non-disclosure agreements with Blizzard about an upcoming update, so it must be something big coming.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould the recent McCree buffs be a hint at what’s coming in the next big Overwatch update?

Jeff Kaplan said a new Developer Update would be out for players sometime this week (starting January 27) with more information, but without any solid facts at the time of writing, Overwatch players have been speculating on what could be headed our way.

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Reddit user gmarkerbo suggested that McCree’s buff could signal a new hero on the way, one that fans have been wondering about for over a year.

“Perhaps next week we are getting Echo? From the cinematic you can see that McCree and Echo have a special relationship. Perhaps this also extends to in-game synergy,” gmarkerbo speculated. “They did a similar pre-patch before Moira was introduced, buffed Mei and Reaper in anticipation of a tank heavy meta.”

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A new hero may or may not be coming with the big developer update, but gmarkerbo did admit they were being a little ambitious with their theory.

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“Of course it can still be just them trying to compensate for his fire rate being reverted,” they admitted. “But it is fun to hope we are getting a new hero soon.”

Another Reddit user named CrestfallenOW said they thought the McCree buffs had arrived at the perfect time for him to be used for Overwatch League Season 3.

“I just think McCree was buffed so he gets the spotlight in OWL,” they suggested. “Instead of something significantly less exciting, like Mei.”

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Mei is a lot of things, but boring? Come on now.

While a new hero might seem unlikely, we haven’t had one since Sigma came out in the Summer of 2019, and it would be hard to think that Blizzard wouldn’t release a new hero until we get Overwatch 2.

Whether it’s a new character or something else coming, fans will probably have to wait for Jeff’s next Developer Update to find out exactly what it is.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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