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BlizzCon 2018: How to watch the Overwatch World Cup and announcements

Published: 1/Nov/2018 19:37 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 21:30

by Joe O'Brien


BlizzCon 2018 is almost upon us, and that means lots to look forward to for Overwatch fans.

For fans of Blizzard games, BlizzCon is one of the highlights of the year. Big announcements for Blizzard franchises are reserved for their own convention, meaning if there is big news to come this is where it’ll be announced.

For Overwatch, that almost certainly includes the next hero, with both of the last two BlizzCons introducing someone new. It’s possible that a new cinematic short may debut, and there’s also been speculation that Blizzard might be revealing new PvE content.

If you can’t make it to the event live, you’ll still be able to watch the presentations in real time – but only with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, available for $49.99.

Everything announced at BlizzCon

As well as game announcements, BlizzCon also plays host to esports tournaments in their various titles. For Overwatch, it’s the playoffs of the Overwatch World Cup, which will see eight national teams battle to become World Champions.

Fortunately for esports fans, no ticket is needed to tune into the competition. The schedule for the World Cup and other Overwatch-related content at BlizzCon can be seen below.


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Opening Ceremony – Friday November 2

The only other aspect of BlizzCon that will be free to watch for all viewers, the opening ceremony isn’t specific to Overwatch, but could very well include Overwatch announcements. It’s expected that the new hero reveal will take place here.

Opening Ceremony 11 AM 2 PM 6 PM 7 PM 5 AM

Overwatch World Cup

Friday November 2

United States vs United Kingdom 12:15 PM 3:15 PM 7:15 PM 8:15 PM 6:15 AM
France vs Canada 2:15 PM 5:15 PM 9:15 PM 10:15 PM 8:15 AM
China vs Finland 4:15 PM 7:15 PM 11:15 PM 12:15 AM 10:15 AM
South Korea vs Australia 6:15 PM 9:15 PM 1:15 AM 2:15 AM 12:15 PM

Saturday November 3

Semi-Final 1 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 3:30 AM
Semi-Final 2 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 AM
Bronze Medal Match 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 7:30 AM
Grand Final 3:45 PM 6:45 PM 10:45 PM 11:45 PM 9:45 AM
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The following Overwatch-related presentations will be available for Virtual Ticket holders.

Friday November 2

The “Overwatch: What’s Next” presentation will take place on the “Mythic” stage at the following times. It is expected that any major announcements will be made here.

Overwatch: What’s Next Mythic 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 7:30 AM

Saturday November 3

The following presentations are being made relating to Overwatch.

Artist at Work: Creating Overwatch Epic 10:15 AM 1:15 PM 5:15 PM 6:15 PM 4:15 AM
Voices of Overwatch Mythic 11:15 AM 2:15 PM 6:15 PM 7:15 PM 5:15 AM
Overwatch: Building a Hero Mythic 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 9:30 PM 10:30 PM 8:30 AM

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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


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.