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D.Va’s Defense Matrix change on Overwatch PTR is a HUGE buff

Published: 25/Sep/2019 21:14 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 21:31

by Bill Cooney

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The September 23 Overwatch PTR patch introduces a ton of hero changes, but the updates to D.Va could be some of the most impactful.

Overwatch rolled out two patches on September 24, one for the main game to fix Reaper and Symmetra’s teleport issues, and another larger one for the PTR.

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The PTR patch contains updates to multiple heroes and so far the changes have been tentatively well-received by the Overwatch community.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe changes finally give D.Va players something to smile about.

Big changes for D.Va players

D.Va’s Defense Matrix was widely considered one of the most powerful abilities in the game and it’s still a valuable tool, but several nerfs have reduced it’s range and the time it can be active for.

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The PTR changes increase Matrix’s recharge rate (from 12.5% to 16% per second) and decreases the time it takes for the ability to start recharging after it’s used (from 1 second to 0.75 seconds).

Reddit user THE-WALRUS-KING decided to compare the current Defense Matrix to the changes on the PTR, and the results should have D.Va players excited.

Dva matrix buff comparison 😀 from r/Overwatch

The working uptime of the ability hasn’t changed, but the PTR recharge rate is now lightning fast compared to what is is currently in live.

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This should let D.Va absorb more damage and give players more flexibility in using the ability. They’ll still have to carefully decide when they use it, but the changes leave a little more room for error.

Blizzard EntertainmentDefense Matrix should be little more flexible after the PTR changes.

Could D.Va be headed back to the meta?

The PTR changes have a lot of Overwatch people talking, but the consensus right now seems to be that it’s too early to tell how they’ll affect the meta.

Former Overwatch pro Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson said the patch looks amazing, but advised everyone to give it some time before a meta shift develops after the patch notes were released.

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It may take a few weeks before any meta changes happen, if they do at all, but it would be nice to see more D.Va play in Overwatch again.

As for the Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 29: D.Va will probably make some appearances, but based on how OWL teams have played headed into the Finals, she probably won’t be the star of the show.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.