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HuK explains why Overwatch needs hero bans and how they’d work

Published: 17/Jan/2020 23:57

by Michael Gwilliam


Former professional StarCraft player-turned-President of Gaming at The Kraft Group, Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger, has weighed in on the idea of hero bans in Overwatch.

Hero bans have long been a popular idea floated around by the game’s community as a way to keep meta team compositions from dominating high ELO and pro play.

For instance, throughout stage one to three of Overwatch League season two, the vast majority of teams ran a composition called GOATS, which consisted of three tanks and three supports due to its high-sustainability against just about everything else in the game.

Brigitte, Reinhardt, Genji and Pharah rush into battle on Route 66
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Hero bans could prevent Overwatch players from being able to play Brigitte.

Taking to Twitter, Loranger presented ideas for how hero bans could work in both pro and ranked play.

In pro play, HuK would want to see one team ban a single hero every map. The banned hero would not be able to be used by either team. Under this format, a maximum of five heroes would be banned – just in case a series went beyond five games.

While the ‘home’ team would get the first ban pick, the second could be determined either on a “back and forth” or “loser picks” basis.

According to the former Protoss player, this would add some much-needed strategy and variance to the game.

In another version of the pro play ban system, each team could ban one hero for one player every map. He admitted, however, that this would be harder to implement and understand.

Finally, for ranked play, the Canadian suggested that each team got to ban one hero per map. This would be conducted either by vote, the player with the highest skill rating on each team selecting, or a random draw.

This drew some concern that such a system would prevent fans from being able to see their favorite player use their favorite hero – something HuK dismissed. “Why should fans not be able to see their favorite player in basketball or football do as well because they are double covered all game?” he replied.

“Great players can play more than one hero at a very high level, even if it’s their signature hero,” he added.

Some big names seemed to like Loranger’s idea. Philadelphia Fusion president Tucker Roberts simply replied “this” to HuK’s post, indicating his approval.

It will be interesting to see if bans come to Overwatch in some capacity within the next year. It was, after all, during the 2019 Overwatch League season that role queue was introduced and flipped the game on its head.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.