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D.va’s Overwatch PTR buff allows her to reach the top of Lijiang Tower

Published: 10/Jan/2020 20:35

by Bill Cooney

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The new Overwatch Public Test Region patch reduces the cooldown of D.Va’s Boosters, making her much more mobile than before the update.

The hero shooter’s latest PTR patch went live on January 9, and contains significant updates for a number of heroes, including Mei, Baptiste, and D.Va.

D.Va’s changes reduce the cooldown of her Boosters from five seconds down to three, and players are already discovering how much easier it makes moving around.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe update from January 9 included changes to D.Va and other heroes.

On Twitter, user ceziun proudly announced that “the year is 2020 and DVA can now reach the top of Lijiang Tower,” along with a video of the feat.

To be absolutely clear, she can’t reach the top in one flight, as it still takes a bit of climbing and calculated falling on the roofs along with Boosting.

It takes six boosts in total for the Korean hero to reach the top of the tower, and while they don’t make it all the way up the spire, it’s definitely higher than she was able to fly before.

In a Reddit post about ceziun’s video, players shared even more tips on how to take advantage of the character’s reduced booster cooldown to maximize her mobility.

“While testing, I found that D.Va slides down sloped surfaces slower if she holds down primary fire,” Reddit user jaydenye_jr said. “Especially noticeable in the large sloped surfaces of Horizon Lunar Colony, giving her extra air time.”

The changes are still pretty new at the time of writing, so it will be interesting to see how much they really change her play style as players try them out.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe hero may be a lot harder to keep track of after the update.

D.Va’s new and improved Boosters might be a good pair with Symmetra’s Teleporter, which received a sneaky update that could make it one of the quickest movement abilities in Overwatch.

On the live client, there is a bit of a wait between the Teleporter being placed and when Symmetra and/or her teammates could pass through it, but that’s been taken away on the PTR, which could lead to some interesting combos in the future.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”