DPS players are fed up with Overwatch’s insanely long role queue times - Dexerto

DPS players are fed up with Overwatch’s insanely long role queue times

Published: 21/Aug/2019 16:25 Updated: 1/May/2020 17:25

by Michael Gwilliam


While many Overwatch fans are thrilled with the addition of role-queue, for many high ranked DPS players, the wait to get into a match can feel like an eternity. 

It would seem like across all ranks, there are far less people opting to queue as a support or tank player, resulting in the matchmaker finding maps for people in those roles. However, for  the damage/DPS role, the time spent waiting can be over an hour.

Widowmaker ladder God Brian ‘Kephri’ St. Pierre even claimed that after waiting 64 minutes to find a game, the timer reset back to zero.

Players can queue as tank, DPS or support.

“I don’t mind long DPS queues, but I waited over an hour last night & never found a game. I feel like the system waits for an opportune team, but doesn’t actually put you in a ‘queue’. As in, there is no priority for you the longer you wait, you just wait with a UI timer,” he said.

“I waited so long for a game in @PlayOverwatch that I learned at 64 minutes the timer resets to 0 and starts over. I guess sitting in queue is still better than 64 minutes of dying to mechs in @FortniteGame,” the sniper added.

Ana marksman Gale Adelade remarked that the wait times make him unmotivated to play DPS.

“As much as I feel 2-2-2 is good for the game, the queues for dps are just unreal at high ranks. Average wait time can be 30 mins or longer. Hopefully this is changed because I feel so unmotivated to play dps cause of the wait times.”

Some players are even struggling with placement matches because of the wait. “I just need to do my dps placements then not touch it again but of course there’s a fucking 10 minute queue time,” Sawyer wrote.

What’s even worse yet is when someone leaves before the match even begins, forcing you to do the whole thing over again. “I waited 13 minutes in DPS queue…and someone quit during setup,” said EliTheCurry.

Perhaps Pharah main Valkia, who is at Gamescom in Germany, summed it up best with this video.

It will be interesting to see how Blizzard addresses this issue going forward and if anything can be done to make these wait times less of a factor. They had previously warned that queues would be longer for DPS players, but it’s unlikely they anticipated 60+ minute waits.

Overwatch role queue is still in its beta season. It will go live in quick play and season 18 on September 1. Hopefully this problem can be ironed out by then or with a PTR update.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.