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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 update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.