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Dafran’s “genius” Overwatch strategy makes Bastion unstoppable on Volskaya

Published: 4/Jan/2021 17:56

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch League pro turned part-time Twitch streamer and farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca returned to his roots as a DPS icon in Blizzard’s FPS with a stunning defensive tactic for Bastion.

Dafran, who made a career out of his incredible aim, showed off a genius strategy to full-hold Volskaya Industries with the omnic hero Bastion with some big help from a couple of tanks and a Symmetra.

As a hero, Bastion is very much an all-in type of character, especially on first-point defense where you don’t get the luxury of changing heroes unless you die. While he has incredible amounts of damage in sentry form, his lack of mobility makes him a sitting duck when focused hard.

This is where the help of barriers and a Symmetra teleporter comes into play. With the teleporter, he can overcome his mobility limitations and carefully escape from a dive.

Bastion in sentry form
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Bastion has incredible damage, but low mobility.

Plus, the added protection of Sigma and Orisa shields further harden the bunker setup, making it extremely difficult to penetrate.

In Francesca’s defense on Volskaya, he made use of the entire team composition to stay alive and deal insane amounts of damage to the enemies. With his team up on the high ground overlooking the objective, the Danish DPS star was able to use the teleporter to instantly reappear in the small room off to the side of the point.

As you can see from the clips, he is able to constantly pressure the enemy Wrecking Ball and Tracer as they look for openings and shred them nonstop. Even though he loses some teammates, the tanks are able to survive and the damage proves to be very effective.

“Dude, this is a genius TP!” he screamed after fragging out to eliminate the two dive threats. “This is a f**king 500 IQ TP!”

Keep in mind this was a high Grand Master ranked game, so the fact this strategy worked so well was really something.

Plus, another added benefit of the teleporter came late into the round with the enemy squad running low on time and getting desperate. As the enemy Sigma activated his Gravitic Flux ultimate, Dafran was simply able to teleport to safety before instantly returning to pressure the off-tank.

“This is f**king genius. This is no kap, a f**king 500 IQ strat.”

In the end, Dafran’s team only ended up giving up 44% of the point, which was easy enough to outperform on his squad’s attack resulting in an easy win.

Next time you’re defending on Volskaya, give this strategy a try and see if you can reap the rewards just as Francesca did.

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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.”