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How to use the new Overwatch Replays feature

Published: 24/May/2019 15:18 Updated: 24/May/2019 16:07

by Joe O'Brien


The latest update to the Overwatch PTR introduces a major, long-requested new feature that gives players the power to watch full replays of their recent games.

Hot on the heels of the Workshop, Blizzard have already unveiled the newest major addition to Overwatch, a replays system that allows players to watch back their games with full observer control.


The Replays system is currently available for testing by PC players on the Public Test Realm, but will be available on all platforms when it moves to the live servers.

While Blizzard haven’t stated how long it will be before Replays go live, with such a major feature it can be expected to stay on the PTR for some time. The recently-released Workshop remained on the PTR for nearly a month from April 24 to May 21


Here’s everything you need to know about the new Replays feature.

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How to use Overwatch Replays

The replay system can be found in your Player Profile as a new tab, in which can be found the demos of your 10 most recent games.

Replays are captured for any game mode you play except for the Tutorial and the Practice Range, meaning you will be able to use it for Arcade modes as well as Quick Play and Competitive, and even Workshop modes.


Within the replay, you have full control over your perspective, meaning you can either watch any player from either first-person or third-person view, as well as being able to move the camera freely around the map.

The replays also have some additional functions, allowing you to both slow down and speed up the playback, as well as being able to turn on the player markers that you might have seen in the Overwatch League for a clearer perspective on positioning.

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Overwatch Replays controls

Using the Replays system can be a little confusing at first, so here are some of the primary controls you need in order to get the most out of it.

  • N: Show/hide controls
  • W, A, S, and D: Move camera around on a plane
  • Q and E: Move camera up and down
  • Scroll Wheel Up: Increase playback speed
  • Scroll Wheel Down: Decrease playback speed
  • (Ctrl+P): Toggle play/pause
  • Spacebar: Toggle between first-person and third-person view
  • Left/Right Mouse Button: Detach from first-person and third-person view to free camera
  • F1–F12: Spectate players (corresponds with player list in media controls)
  • 0: Snap to the objective
  • (Ctrl+L): Show map overlay
  • (Ctrl+1) – (Ctrl+9): Save bookmarks
  • 1–9: Restore camera bookmarks

A full list of shortcuts, which can be fully customized, can be found by going to the Controls section of the Options menu. Replays controls can be found under the “Spectate” settings.

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Limitations of the Replay system

As it stands, the Overwatch Replay system only saves your 10 most recent games – once you’ve played 10, any new games will overwrite the oldest game replays.


There is also currently no means of saving replays you particularly want to hold onto – so make the most of them while they’re there, and if you want a permanent record of anything you’ll have to capture it with third-party software yourself.

Unfortunately, the Replay system doesn’t currently have any means of sharing replays between players. In other games with a replay system, such as CS:GO, it’s possible to give other players access to your own replays, or even download demos from professional matches. Unfortunately, the Overwatch Replay system doesn’t currently have any sharing functions.

According to Jeff Kaplan in an interview with Overwatch YouTuber Stylosa, however, this is a feature that Blizzard would like to add in the future, although he declined to give any details or timeline at this point.


Overwatch pro lashes out after being “thrown in trash” by OWL team

Published: 13/Oct/2020 6:30 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:16

by Brad Norton


The 2020 Overwatch League season has now come to an end and teams have already begun to act on new roster shuffles. Mere hours after being let go by the Los Angeles Gladiators, Roni ‘LhCloud’ Tiihonen had some harsh words for his former team.

It wasn’t the most successful year for the LA Gladiators. The organization finished among the Top 8 in North American playoffs, failing to win a map against Philadelphia Fusion and Florida Mayhem. With the offseason now underway, teams are free to make roster adjustments as needed.


Among the first to make a move was the LA franchise. They let LhCloudy go after just a few months with the team. It wasn’t long before the Main Tank expert took to Twitch and reacted to the news.

“I play 10 hours a day, I don’t get paid s***, and then I get thrown into the trash,” he said on October 12. “That’s just life.”


The Finnish pro came to the league in 2019, joining Paris Eternal after a run with Team Gigantti in Contenders. He was soon traded over to the Gladiators, though his time spent with the team appears to have left him quite bitter.

When asked what his biggest disappointment was for the year, he aimed his complaints at the coaching staff. “I think our coaching staff made a lot of stupid f***ing decisions in our playoffs.”


“They come to me after… oh s***, you were right.” Ultimately, the team was unable to win a map in their playoff run. Even after apologizing for not taking his supposed advice, LhCloud believed that it “didn’t mean anything.”

While his initial comments were scathing, he soon followed up by explaining that everyone on the team worked hard for the games.

“I think we just made wrong decisions in the playoffs… it’s not just the coaches fault, it’s everybody’s fault,” he added.


After wrapping up his Twitch stream for the day, he took to Twitter to apologize for his comments. “I just wanted to say I really fu**** up today and said stupid stuff on stream. I was very emotional and it was very stupid of me to blame others. I live for OW and dedicate all of my hours to it so hearing that I was going to be released crushed my soul.”

The offseason has only just begun so there’s still plenty of weeks ahead of LhCloudy to find a new team. In case you missed the closing moments of the 2020 Overwatch League finals, here’s how things played out.