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Genius Moira rework would give Overwatch hero exploding orbs

Published: 29/Jul/2020 17:56

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch’s support hero Moira has proven to be quite controversial since her introduction to the game. Now, a new rework idea has surfaced turning her damage orbs into an explosive healing mitigation ability.

For many, Moira’s biggest problem lies in the fact that she is able to output insane healing numbers while also having one of the most obnoxious moves in the game: damage orb.


Damage orb can train as much as 200 HP from a target, which is enough to eliminate most of the cast by itself. Add in some of Moira’s primary fire, and suddenly she’s able to score frags with relative ease and not much counterplay.

An alternative to damage orb was pitched by Florida Mayhem content creator and streamer Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare. With this change, Moira’s orbs would become detonation-style projectiles similar to Junkrat’s mines.


“Damage orb is replaced with a heal mitigation orb, if stuck to a target it reduces the amount of healing they receive by 40% for 2.5s,” Samito wrote in his proposed game balance document. “Orbs would have a small detonation AOE and only be able to travel 20ish meters.”

Additionally, orbs would now be able to stick to players and surfaces, but no longer go through shields. Instead, it would stick to them and could be dropped like Tracer’s Pulse Bomb.

This change would also adjust orb’s cooldown, lowering it from ten seconds down to four.


The suggestion was met with approval by the Overwatch community, who hadn’t taken kindly to Blizzard’s previous attempts to balance Moira. In fact, it even inspired some Workshop gurus to add the change to the game.

In the video detailing the proposed rework, Irish content creator Andy Bohan showed off how the orb would look in-game, including how it would interact with shields.

If you want to try out the rework for yourself on the PTR, use the workshop code HP5CX.


As for Samito, he still believes he could make the proposed rework better. “It’s not quite done yet… gonna have to tweak it a lot but I think it’s a solid start,” he replied to Contenders commentator Jennifer ‘LemonKiwi’ Pichette.

Hopefully, the next time the Overwatch team tries to rework Moira they could look to this proposed change for some inspiration.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.