Hated Overwatch maps finally being removed from competitive in Season 19 - Dexerto

Hated Overwatch maps finally being removed from competitive in Season 19

Published: 2/Nov/2019 12:11 Updated: 2/Nov/2019 13:12

by Connor Bennett


Blizzard has revealed that they will make a major change to Overwatch’s competitive map pool – removing two of the game’s most disliked maps from the season 19 rotation.

With Blizzcon 2019 in full swing, fans of Blizzard titles have been treated to some incredible and highly-anticipated announcements. After weeks of rumors and leaks, both Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 were revealed during the opening ceremony – sparking celebration from fans all across the world.

Yet, even with all the new announcements and hype, the present titles like Overwatch, are still receiving plenty of love from the developers as they undergo updates in the way of bug fixes and quality of life changes.

Blizzard EntertainmentParis is finally dropping out of the Overwatch Competitive map pool.

The major one, however, for Overwatch, has come in the form of switching up the competitive map pool. Following the Blizzcon opening ceremony, it was revealed that Season 19 will have a set map rotation of 12 locations. 

Paris and Lunar Horizon Colony, which are both avoided by plenty of Overwatch players, will be removed for the new season. This doesn’t mean that they are being removed forever, however, as Overbuff tweeted out that they just won’t be used and aren’t set to undergo any sort of rework. 

The news was met with plenty of joy from everyone from current Overwatch League players to those who are slugging it out and trying to dominate the leaderboards.

“W,” replied Houston Outlaws player Jeffrey ‘blase’ Tsang, while the Overwatch Competitive subreddit ‘praised’ everyone who managed to dodge Paris and, in turn, got it removed from the new set rotation.

What 12 maps will exactly be in the Season 19 pool remains to be seen as there currently 21 locations that can be used, meaning some fans may lose one or two of their favorites. 

However, the overwhelming majority of them will be celebrating regardless, knowing that they no longer have to play on Paris and Horizon.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.