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Frustrating new Overwatch glitch is making D.Va worse than ever before

Published: 24/Aug/2020 7:31 Updated: 24/Aug/2020 7:43

by Brad Norton

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A bizarre Overwatch bug has rendered D.Va’s Defense Matrix far less effective than ever before. Here’s what you need to look out for in your next off-tank session.

D.Va’s Defense Matrix has always been considered one of the strongest abilities in Overwatch. While other heroes spend minutes building up their Ultimates, a single tap from D.Va’s ability could see it eaten up in an instant.

It can swing team fights in the blink of an eye as all projectile-based damage and abilities are nullified. While nerfs ensured players couldn’t just spam the defensive ability, D.Va has still remained one of the most-played Tanks in the game.

However, that could all soon change due to a devastating new bug impacting the hero. Her Defense Matrix isn’t quite working as intended and it could just cost you your next map. Here’s what you need to be cautious of.

Overwatch D.Va gameplay using her Defense Matrix ability
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From D.Va’s perspective, the Defense Matrix appeared to be working as intended.

In order for the ability to work, players need to point D.V’s MEKA in the right direction at the right time. This can even be an extremely fast flick to ‘catch’ a projectile. So long as her matrix covers an ability for even a single frame, said ability should be erased. Though this has now become far more difficult to execute due to a new issue first spotted by Reddit user ‘Thorbjorn_.’

While their Defense Matrix was lined up perfectly to catch a Graviton Surge below, not all was quite as it seemed. From their perspective, the Ultimate ability was right in their line of site and should have been snatched up. From an alternate point of view, that wasn’t the case at all.

Looking from just behind the Payload showed how the Defense Matrix wasn’t lining up with the angle in which D.Va was facing. While the character and her mech were looking straight towards the Ultimate, her ability was off to the side.

There’s no telling how this happened though the player assured that they “didn’t notice any major spikes” to their internet connection. So lag can likely be ruled out as this ability could be impaired by an all-new glitch.

Overwatch gameplay team fight on Dorado
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From a different perspective, the Defense Matrix wasn’t anywhere near Zarya’s Ultimate.

Blizzard is yet to address the issue so there’s no telling if a fix is on the way. It could simply be a one in a million instance of a fault with Defense Matrix. But it could also be far more prevalent than just this example.

If you’re a D.Va main you may want to keep a close eye on your screen every time the ability is projected in front of you. There’s a good chance it might appear off to the side without reason.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.