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Emongg teases major Overwatch improvement coming soon

Published: 20/Jan/2020 10:36

by Joe O'Brien


During a recent broadcast, Overwatch streamer Emongg hinted that some big news might be coming for the game soon.

Emongg is one of Overwatch’s most veteran and popular content creators, and during a recent stream he heavily implied that fans could expect some exciting news from Blizzard quite soon.

While discussing the state of the game, Emongg made a show of suggesting that the developers could be revealing more about their plans in the next couple of weeks. While the streamer kept his statements fairly vague, he included several exaggerated winks to the audience, implying that there is more to his comments that mere speculation.

“I have a feeling that things will improve with Overwatch going forward. I don’t know how I know this, but I think things will improve. I don’t really know if they’re going to do anything, what’s going to be happening in general going forward. I’m hoping maybe in a couple of weeks or so we can start to see where their mindset is on things. Maybe even less than a couple weeks.”

Emongg has previously worked with Blizzard on promotional streams, such as having Game Director Jeff Kaplan on to discuss new features, so it’s certainly very possible that he could have insider knowledge of what the developers are planning.

Unfortunately, Emongg didn’t give any details regarding exactly what kind of announcements might be coming. If it’s accurate, however, the idea that more information may be coming in the next two weeks – and information that one of the game’s most popular streamers seems optimistic about – will be welcome news to many Overwatch fans.

Hanzo, Lucio, and McCree in Overwatch 2 Push game.
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Blizzard have not yet announced an official release date for Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2 doesn’t yet have an official release date, although there have been several potential leaks suggesting a 2020 launch. In the meantime, however, some players have been frustrated with the state of Overwatch.

While the game continues to see its usual schedule of seasonal events – the most recent of which, Lunar New Year, is currently live – these have remained largely the same for the last few years, and some fans have criticized the lack of truly new content. Meanwhile, due to the announcement of Overwatch 2, the game didn’t get a new hero at 2019’s BlizzCon.

With the current uncertainty around the timeline for Overwatch 2, it might be easy to feel like the current game is simply in limbo, waiting an undetermined period of time for its sequel. If nothing else, more insight from the developers should give players a better idea of what to expect over the coming year.


New Overwatch mode shows how hero ban system would work in ranked play

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Hero bans in Overwatch have long been a contested topic amongst the community and the developers, primarily with how such a concept could be implemented. Now, a new mode has been created that shows how hero bans would work in ranked play.

As a competitive game, Overwatch has struggled to maintain balance, often leading to stale metas or overpowered heroes. As a result, this has led to heroes calling for hero bans in ranked play.

In the past, Blizzard has attempted its own variation of hero bans, with the devs themselves deciding which heroes to ban every given week. However, this quickly fell by the wayside as many were unhappy with the implementation.

Those against hero bans normally are so because it means there is a chance those players can’t choose their favorite character. Now, however, this new hero ban mode gives those users the chance to keep playing their main while still getting the benefits of a ban.

Preview of the ingame Hero Ban & Protect system made by @GrandeurHammers for SVB’s experimental PUGs (tonight @ 8:30pm GMT) from Competitiveoverwatch

This new custom game mode lets every player in the lobby first vote on which heroes to protect from a ban before voting on which heroes would be removed from play.

Basically, the heroes with the most votes in the protect phase cannot be banned, but in the event of ties, the system will choose.

The best part about this is the fact that every player on each team has a vote, so if someone really wants to play Mercy, they can ask all their teammates to protect that support so it cannot be banned.

Once heroes have been banned, however, they will be grayed out so no one on either team will be able to pick it.

The mode itself has many different options too such as the number of votes each player gets, the ability to see who voted for what hero, the length of the protect and ban stages, and more.

According to Overwatch content creator SVB, who tested the mode with Pick Up Games, it was designed to replicate what it would be like in ranked where players may not know who their teammates or opponents are.

Overwatch hero ban settings
The hero ban system has a lot of options.

If you want to try it out yourself, the code is HDVGF. Give it a shot and see what you think of the experience.

Who knows, there is even a chance that the devs decide to implement this in some capacity, especially with Overwatch 2 still on the way.