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Overwatch devs explain why Roadhog, D.Va, Zarya are becoming main tanks

Published: 24/Feb/2020 23:42

by Andrew Amos


Overwatch’s all-new experiment, Triple Damage, is revolutionising role lock in Blizzard’s FPS, but with some tanks left out high to dry, the developers are looking at ways to make everyone viable in the new mode.

Team 4 at Blizzard is cooking up something for Overwatch. The latest experimental mode, Triple Damage, looks to break the 2-2-2 mold players have gotten used since the introduction of role lock and freshen up the game.

While it’s not a ploy to “change the meta,” as said by game director Jeff Kaplan in a February 24 interview with Blizzard, 3-2-1 role lock will have a major impact on how Overwatch is played ⁠— especially for off-tanks.

D.Va using Defense Matrix in Overwatch
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Off-tanks can stop small amounts of damage, but not like main tanks can.

Overwatch’s meta, even before role lock, revolved around two tanks ⁠— a main, shielding tank, and a beefy off-tank that could still dish out the damage. However, this was never intended for the game, according to Kaplan.

“When we created our tanks, we didn’t think of any as off-tanks,” said Kaplan. “In fact, we had anticipated people playing with only one tank. That’s much of how early Overwatch was played.

“But the way that players settled into 2-2-2, Zarya, D.Va, and Roadhog are exclusively considered off-tanks.”

Now with one out of the equation in Triple Damage, teams will have to adapt. It’s likely players will settle on taking a big shield like Reinhardt, Winston, or Orisa over an off-tank like D.Va, Zarya, or Roadhog, who can only negate a small amount of damage.

Roadhog using Take a Breather in Overwatch
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Roadhog’s Take A Breather will now mitigate damage for allies too.

To give these heroes a chance in Triple Damage, they’re being turned into main tanks. Roadhog, D.Va, and Zarya are receiving kit changes to help them cope with the change, with Kaplan letting players in on one specific change tested.

“As part of this experiment, we’ve re-tuned those three to be main tanks, including giving Roadhog a new ability,” he revealed.

“Now when he uses Take a Breather, he gets a gas cloud around him that mitigates damage for everybody in the area and heals him.

These balance changes have the chance to completely shift the tides of Overwatch’s meta, even in role lock, so for now, the changes are only for the experimental mode.

Zarya using bubble in Overwatch
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The changes to off-tanks will give them a chance in the new Triple Threat mode.

“Some heroes will be completely re-balanced, but those changes only pertain to Triple Damage,” said Kaplan. “If we stay with 2-2-2, we are gonna jettison those changes.”

While Team 4 are “not necessarily” looking to get more players to play tanks, they understand that it’s a “high-pressure position” now, and will become even more so with the new changes.

Overwatch’s Triple Threat experimental game mode will go live on February 25. You will be able to play through the regular servers ⁠— there is no need to download the PTR to play it this time around.


Cute Brigitte skin concept is just what Overwatch needs this Christmas

Published: 2/Dec/2020 13:02

by Lauren Bergin


Overwatch has always been renowned for producing some beautiful festive skins and as Christmas gets ever closer, another cute skin concept for Brigitte has surfaced. 

Brigitte has become one of Overwatch’s most divisive heroes. While written into the game as a support, her kit makes her easily able to flex between support and damage dealer, and her health bar reflects a tank’s more than it does that of a support.

Recent health bar buffs left players up in arms, and Blizzard responded a patch later with nerfs reverting her health bar back to how it was. Despite the controversy that surrounds Sweden’s young hero, her fans really do love her even if her haters often know how to shout louder.

One fan has shown their passion for the tank support by designing an adorable Christmas skin just in time for the festive season.

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Brigitte may look adorable, but she’s a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield.

Christmas Skin Concept for Brigitte is truly heartwarming

One Reddit user shared their own concept for a future Christmas skin for the tank support, and has received a wave of praise.

The user in question, Annzey, unveiled her ‘Gingerbrig’ concept. They note that their friend, Murdered Sun, was the actual artist behind the drawing, but the concept wall all her own.

It features Brigitte wearing a gingerbread style outfit, with icing holding together her armour, a candy cane style mace and an adorable little gingerbread man forming the core of her iconic shield.

To top it off her hair is tied back using a little mistletoe, and her cheeks have a reddish hue from having been out too long in the cold. The attention to detail in the design is truly perfect; Annzey really has created a skin people would buy.

GINGERBRIG- Concept Art ❄️ So a while ago I had posted an idea for a Gingerbread Brigitte skin and I’ve been obsessed with the idea so I asked my friend if she could draw some concept art for me and WELLA! I present to you- GINGERBRIG! What do y’all think??? :))✨ from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comments section of Annzey’s post is dominated by comments praising their design. One redditer writes that they “would pay 3k coins if this was added” despite not playing Brigitte.


Another claims that the art is ‘A-Mei-Zing!’, a beautiful play on words to describe an equally stunning concept.


So while Brigitte has just received a Halloween skin, it would be great if Blizzard pulled off something like Annzey’s work for the Holiday period. After all, all Overwatch fans want for Christmas are cute hero skins.