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Houston Outlaws’ Muma Talks About the Meta for Overwatch League Stage 4

Published: 15/May/2018 14:48 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:53

by Joe O'Brien

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Houston Outlaws main tank Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot has commented on the meta for Overwatch League Stage 4.

Muma offered a brief insight into what fans should expect to see in the upcoming stage of the Overwatch League during a recent stream.

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The Overwatch League is played on a tournament realm that is only updated between stages, to ensure that all matches within a stage are played under the same conditions. When it is updated, however, it isn’t always brought entirely in line with the live servers, with major game changes occasionally left out if there’s little time for players to adjust to them before the start of the stage.

As a result, the Overwatch League can be an entity unto itself when it comes to the prevailing meta. Not only does it feature the strongest teams in the world, with the talent and support staff to develop strategies that the teams outside the league cannot, but it is often played on a different patch to the likes of Overwatch Contenders.

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There is no guarantee, then, that any of the strategies or approaches seen outside of the league will translate into the league itself. The meta for the upcoming stage will remain something of a mystery until it is demonstrated in matches.

Houston Outlaws’ Muma has shed a little light on what to expect, however. Contrary to many expectations, he reveals that on the patch the teams have been practicing on “dive” strategies remain viable.

Based on the current live game, in particular the implications of Brigitte’s addition, many expected dive compositions, which utilize heroes with movement abilities such as Winston to dive onto the enemy team, might not be as viable as in all previous stages.

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Muma also claims that Stage 4 could see the most versatile meta in the Overwatch League so far.

Stage 4 of the league is set to kick off on May 16th and will conclude on June 17th.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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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.