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D.va’s booster buffs made her the best counter to snipers in Overwatch

Published: 5/Feb/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s D.va has been a meta pick for much of the game’s competitive life dating back to the playoffs of Apex Season 1 in Seoul, South Korea. While some nerfs to her Defense Matrix may have lessened her pick rate, the hero’s new booster buffs seem to have made her great again, maybe even too much so.

Back on January 16, an Overwatch patch went live that lowered the cooldown on D.va’s boosters from five seconds to three. While this may seem like a minor buff, it has drastically changed the hero, who not only is able to traverse the map faster but is also able to deny space and chase down anything in her path.

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Washington Justice pro Elliot ‘ELLIVOTE’ Vaneryd posted a video on his Twitter demonstrating just how powerful the off-tank has become at shutting down snipers thanks to the booster buffs.

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Overwatch players are screaming “nerf this” after D.va’s booster buffs.

Simply captioned “what it’s like playing Widow vs the new D.va,” the video shows an attacking Widowmaker player attempting to grapple to the high ground on Temple of Anubis.

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While Widowmaker’s grapple is on a 12-second cooldown, the enemy mech is able to quickly hone in on the sniper. In fact, the tank comes seemingly out of nowhere to assassinate the player.

Because of the off-tank’s 600 HP, the Widowmaker is in a duel that she cannot ever win and is promptly eliminated.

The process continues several more times, with the Talon operative never being able to get in a favorable position to land shots. Instead, she constantly gets chased back to spawn or is outright killed with ease.

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Popular streamer and Contenders star Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare called the video “proof as to why three-second thrusters need to be reverted.”

He added that he believes D.va was fine without the buffs and that the changes were unnecessary.

Keep in mind that D.va’s boosters themselves deal 10 damage on impact and are often combined with a melee for a quick 40, so these buffs also benefited her ultimate charge rate. That’s something that the developers may evaluate in the future as well.

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With Blizzard promising faster balance patches, the Overwatch community should be on the lookout for some changes to everyone’s favorite mech pilot, potentially an increase to the booster cooldown by one second.

Until then, snipers in Overwatch are in for a rough time, but at least D.va mains can take advantage of their hero’s incredible mobility.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.