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Here’s how massive Overwatch’s new Expanse map really is

Published: 5/Feb/2020 23:00

by Bill Cooney

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The new Overwatch map Expanse was heralded as the game’s biggest map when it was announced. Now, fans are beginning to discover just how huge it actually is.

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The official images of the Expanse from Blizzard don’t do its true size justice.

Overwatch insider ’Naeri’ has been playing Expanse on the PTR and showed just how large the map is. You can get an idea of its size in a clip that shows D.Va making her way across the square.

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Expanse is so big and empty that it’s almost a little creepy watching this lone D.Va make her way across the vast nothingness.

It took D.Va almost two minutes to make it across the entire island, even with her new and improved Booster cooldown every three seconds.

So it’s clear that when compared to classic maps like Eichenwalde or Watchpoint: Gibraltar, Expanse is absolutely enormous.

Overwatch Workshop guru and Twitch streamer ‘DarwinStreams’ had more fun with the new map though. He’s come out with a neat new game mode for it less than a day after release.

Darwin’s Workshop s is a racing mode, which sees a group of Soldier 76s speeding around the island from checkpoint to checkpoint.

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It does look like a fun way to kill time in Competitive queue, and a good way to check out the new map for yourself on the PTR. However, it will / could be removed when the changes debut in the main game

If you want to try Darwin’s Soldier Sprint Racing on the new Expanse map, the code is: PXDAM.

Workshop updates made up a majority of the February 4 PTR patch notes, even if the change people are talking about most is the new ‘Hero Pools’ feature.

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The Expanse map and custom games that use the stage are only available on the PTR at the time of writing, but should be coming to the main game sometime in the next few weeks.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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