Has GOATS actually been beneficial to competitive Overwatch? - Dexerto
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Has GOATS actually been beneficial to competitive Overwatch?

Published: 14/Mar/2019 18:37 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 18:58

by Bill Cooney

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With a big update and a new hero on the way next week, some people in the GOATs, as fans of Overwatch League and Contenders probably know by now, is basically a team composition made up of three supports and three tanks.

Veteran Overwatch caster Andrew ‘ZP’ Rush said on March 13 he thinks that because of GOATs the overall skill ceiling for high-level players has gone up, which should make for better Overwatch once DPS heroes come back to the meta.

Blizzard EntertainmentGOATS has been the predominant composition in high-tier competitive Overwatch for several months.

ZP, who’s been casting Overwatch since the game’s closed beta all the way back in 2015, has seen plenty of metas come and go.

“The legacy of GOATS / 3-3 will be felt for a long time after the current meta passes,” ZP tweeted on March 13. “The overall skill level of comp OW has been forever increased because of forcing players to value positioning and cooldowns more than ever before.  This levels up players even after a meta shift.”

This skill level increase will result in much cleaner competitive Overwatch after GOATs is long gone and players have moved on to a different meta, he argued.

“Players aren’t suddenly going to forget all the lessons they’ve had to learn in 3/3 about using abilities and combos in an intelligent manner,” he claimed. “The difference will be a much crisper brand of OW.”

https://twitter.com/TempoZP/status/1106057514003632128

Fellow Overwatch caster Brennan ‘Bren’ Hook said he agreed with ZP, and a large number of Overwatch fans also seemed to think he might be onto something.

The game’s newest hero, Baptiste, and a significant amount of hero updates are headed to Overwatch on Tuesday, March 19 from the PTR, updates some have argued could move the game away from the GOATs meta.

https://twitter.com/BrenCasts/status/1106058602911940608

Whether or not the upcoming patch actually “kills” GOATs or not remains to be seen, but there are plenty of Overwatch fans and players who wouldn’t mind another meta dominate the game for a change.

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Simple Overwatch trick lets any hero reach King’s Row high ground

Published: 26/Oct/2020 23:34

by Bill Cooney

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A surprisingly simple Overwatch trick is making the rounds that lets any hero in the game reach the high ground of the King’s Row attacking spawn.

King’s Row might be one of the original Overwatch maps, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is still one of players’ favorites when it comes up in the queue.

One of the most popular features on the map is the little sniper’s nest platform located at the very top of the first attacking spawn that gives a commanding view of everything up to the capture point.

It seems like only heroes with movement abilities like Pharah, Widow, or D.Va for example could get up there, but there is a way to get any hero in the game up to the position as well.

King's Row Attacking spawnThe sniper’s nest has been there since day one, but not every hero has been able to get up there, until now.

The person we have to thank for this technique is Reddit user jordensmet who somehow discovered that you can use a more mobile character to reach the space, then quickly change to another.

First, they select Baptiste and use his Exo Boots to boost up to the second-highest level, just under the top platform. Once there, they position themselves on top of the scaffolding in front of the main exit and jump again while barely touching the spawn room.

If you pull up the Hero Select menu at the right time, you’ll be able to switch to any hero you like. So if you’ve never had the chance to try out Ana, McCree, or whoever else from on high, now’s your chance.

I found a way to get the highground on the attacking side of King’s row for Ana (or other characters that usually can’t get there). from Overwatch

For instance, if you really want to catch an aggressive enemy team off-guard, why not take Reinhardt for a spin and hit them with a charge from the very top rope. For those wondering, yes, a Rein charge out of the top window will get you all the way to Mondatta’s statue, so make sure your team is ready to push!

One final note to add is that doesn’t necessarily have to be Baptiste that you use for this trick either, Echo and Pharah would both work, and if you’re really fast and in need of a challenge, you can even get it to go with Sombra’s Translocator as long as your timing is absolutely perfect.