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DPS players say Overwatch’s role queue made climbing ‘unreasonable’

Published: 8/Oct/2019 22:21 Updated: 8/Oct/2019 23:03

by Michael Gwilliam

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Role queue was a long-awaited and demanded feature in Overwatch, but it’s created problems for DPS players trying to climb due to long queue times. 

As Dexerto has previously reported, the wait times to find a match in Overwatch as a DPS hero have become incredibly long. While most players wanting to play DPS wait around 10 minutes, it can take over an hour to find a match in the highest SR range.

Reddit user CynicTheCritic made a discover after a night of queueing in the damage category on October 7. With four matches played and queue times of 7, 10, 9 and 12 minutes, he determined that in the two hours spent playing competitive, one-third of his time was spent waiting to get a game.

“As someone who traditionally plays DPS when I can, I’ve realized that unless you have hours and hours on end to spare, climbing in Competitive is no longer an option,” he wrote in a post titled ‘I did the math: Role Queue makes it so that no reasonable DPS can climb in Comp’.

According to Cynic, if a good DPS player can maintain a 65% winrate and earn 22 SR per victory, when queue times and match length is factored in, the average player would only gain 8 to 12 SR per hour. 

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He then dropped an extremely concerning statistic: “It would take at minimum 41.6667 hours simply to get from plat to diamond, given you never drop under a 65% winrate and by happenstance get quick matches AND no 12 minute queues.”

Additionally, if the player gets longer queues and matches, “this value gets as high as 62.5 hours to get from plat to diamond.” 

Considering that 65% can be an incredibly difficult winrate to maintain, Cynic’s numbers are even worse for players averaging below that. 

Blizzard has briefly addressed the issue of long queue times back in an August 26 forum post by developer Scott Mercer where he said the team was “working on some matchmaker adjustments for future updates”. 

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However, so far there hasn’t been any follow-up to this announcement and DPS players are growing more and more impatient.

With Blizzcon looming in November, it will be interesting to see what the company has up its sleeve and if any big changes to the game, or a rumored sequel, are announced.

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Overwatch Genji voice actor adds fuel to Overwatch 2 delay rumors

Published: 28/Jan/2021 3:42

by Brad Norton

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Rumors of an Overwatch 2 delay could have some merit to them as Genji’s Korean voice actor Gaku Space has reportedly not even begun work on the highly anticipated sequel.

Overwatch 2 was revealed in 2019 and ever since, Blizzard has remained completely silent on the matter. No further information has come to light since the initial demonstration but that hasn’t stopped the community from speculating.

Recent reports have suggested that the game has been delayed internally, with a 2021 release no longer in the cards. New job listings also point towards the sequel being much further off than fans were expecting.

Adding further fuel to the fire, the voice behind Korea’s Genji has chimed in on the speculation. Despite being one of the first six revamped characters on display for Overwatch 2, the voice actor has allegedly “not started recording” new dialogue.

“Yeah I’m still working on Overwatch, but I haven’t heard anything about Overwatch 2,” the voice actor said in a January 26 interview according to translations from Reddit user ‘Evenstar6132.’

While this initial statement could have just been avoiding the topic, he soon followed up to confirm that he’s had “nothing” to do with Overwatch 2 up until now.  “What’s going on Blizzard? I’m not fired am I?”

A good amount of unused recordings from earlier sessions could be in the bank for the sequel. Though this would mean no fresh dialogue has been recorded for Genji in all manner of new situations.

Voice lines won’t be readily available for Genji interacting with new heroes, playing new modes, or visiting new locations. Let alone the lengthier sections from the upcoming campaign as well.

Without any of these lines in place, it reaffirms the speculation behind an Overwatch 2 delay. We could still be quite far off from the game’s full release. In fact, Naeri claims the title “will be released at the end of 2021” at the absolute earliest.

Blizzcon 2021 is set to kick off on February 19, with fans hoping to see new updates on Overwatch 2.

We’ll have to wait and see what the developers have in store, but without voice recording finalized across multiple regions, it’s safe to assume a release date won’t be closeby.