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Hilarious Overwatch League voice comms prove even pro players talk absolute nonsense

Published: 28/Jun/2019 14:26 Updated: 28/Jun/2019 14:47

by Joe O'Brien

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Behind-the-scenes voice comms from the Overwatch League reveal that even at the highest level, communication between teammates isn’t always perfect.

During a recent Overwatch League broadcast, fans got a glimpse into the voice communications of the world’s best Overwatch teams, and many might have been surprised to discover that it’s not all exactly how they might have imagined professional comms.

Anyone who’s spent much time playing and communicating in any kind of game online will likely recognize some of the classic issues teams can face. Multiple teams have issues with players being too loud, for instance, with a Paris Eternal player having to resort to whispering so as not to deafen his teammates.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Valiant experienced a moment that those who often play matchmaking without a full squad might recognize, with one player asking a teammate to choose between the left or the right side, only to be answered with a mere “okay.”

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentSometimes, yelling out your target repeatedly is sufficient to secure victory.

While fans might naively imagine that professional communication is always crisp and clear, the video also reveals the reality that even pro players are not above endless repetitions of their target’s name in an effort to get everyone to focus their fire.

In addition to the various communication pitfalls that even professional teams clearly encounter occasionally, the short montage also features some amusing behind-the-scenes moments showing what the players get up to in the brief windows of down-time between rounds.

Hilarious Voice Comms in Overwatch League from r/Overwatch

The Overwatch League is currently four weeks into the third stage of its second season, meaning it’s getting into crunch time for teams looking to secure one of the six spots for automatic qualification to the $3.5 million end-of-season playoffs.

Reports are suggesting that the league could be heading for a rather major shake-up to the rules, however, as it looks increasingly likely that they’ll be implementing a 2-2-2 role lock for Stage 4, which would mean a dramatic meta shift from the often GOATS-dominated season so far.

Regardless of whether this change comes through, good communication will undoubtedly be key to success for many teams, but as this behind-the-scenes video shows, it’s still possible to have some fun in the game while maintaining an effective level.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.