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Frustrating Overwatch glitch causes Brigitte’s shield to deploy sideways

Published: 1/Jul/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players have stumbled onto a new Brigitte glitch that causes her shield to deploy facing the side, instead of in front of the hero as it’s supposed to.

Brig’s shield might not be as beefy or large as her mentor Reinhardt’s, but it does a good job of protecting herself and any other squishy heroes in a pinch – that is, if it decides to deploy the right way.

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Brigitte’s shield is much less effective when not facing forward.

That’s the problem with a new glitch popping up for the support hero, which apparently causes her shield to deploy to her left side, rather than straight out in front, which obviously won’t block damage as intended.

In the clip below, Brig starts out with her shield working just fine, before she hops on point and tries to stall a little longer. As she deploys the shield, it covers her side, but leaves her wide open to the enemy McCree just off the point.

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So my brig shield went sideways from Overwatch

With no shield (or at least no shield in the right place), Brigitte is predictably annihilated by McCree, and it’s safe to say this isn’t some bizarre interaction between the two heroes, either.

One user suggested in the comments that the glitch could be due to Brig deploying her shield just as McCree activated Deadeye, but that doesn’t explain why it was still to the side after – or why she was able to be finished off by some regular shots.

Additionally, the bug shows up in the killcam replay, which makes the possibility of this being a bizarre interaction even smaller.

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This bug could be a latency issue, but based on the clip, that seems unlikely.

Finally, it could be a latency issue, but there’s none of the telltale signs that network problems are to blame, like rubber banding and choppy, delayed animation (plus, the latency counter in the top left of the clip stays at a steady 54 ms throughout).

Brigitte did receive some substantial nerfs in the June 30 retail patch affecting the amount of armor she can give with her Repair Packs, but as far as we know, a sideways shield update was not included. So, if you want to avoid the chance of this bug happening, the best course of action might be just not picking Brig until Blizzard rolls out a fix.

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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.