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Immortality Field saves Overwatch player from dead controller

Published: 21/Nov/2019 23:00 Updated: 21/Nov/2019 23:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste’s Immortality Field is easily one of the most powerful non-ultimate abilities in Overwatch, and as one Hanzo player found out, it even has the capacity to keep him alive through a dead controller.

Taking to Reddit, user “BreakfastMargs” posted a video of his Xbox One gameplay on the King’s Row hybrid map. While defending the third and final point, an enemy Hanzo was Nano Boosted by his Ana, and proceeded to pop his Dragon Strike ultimate.

Unfortunately for BreakfastMargs, his controller died right as he jumped off the high ground and directly into the enemy dragon coming straight for him.

“Please reconnect the Xbox One wireless controller,” a message prompt read, blocking both the incoming action and red dragon being summoned before his very eyes.

Immortality is so strong it can save you from a dead controller from Overwatch

While this attack would normally have been enough to completely wipe his mere 200 HP, BreakfastMargs was in luck, as his allied Baptiste tossed out an Immortality Field to keep the archer alive in the fight. He then either activated another controller or found more juice in his existing one, because he was back in the fray shortly thereafter.

Not wanting to put his new chance at life to waste, the Hanzo player took advantage of his Zarya’s Gravitational Surge, which locked the enemy in place by firing his own Ultimate down the middle and scored a triple kill in the process.

The Hanzo player then capped the play off with an arrow right to the skull of his fellow bowman, leading to a fourth kill and halting the enemy’s advances.

Blizzard EntertainmentDead controller? No problem.

Immortality Field has been nerfed in the past, with its health dropping from 250 to 200 – but that hasn’t stopped players from continuing to make good use of the ability with the second longest cooldown in the game.

At 20 seconds, the only ability with a longer cooldown is Mercy’s Resurrection at a whopping 30 seconds.

Of course, the cooldown and value isn’t the only controversy surrounding Immortality Field: as shown by South Korea in the Overwatch World Cup, players can reset the cooldown by changing heroes in spawn and then swapping back to Baptiste when the drone is destroyed.

Blizzard EntertainmentYou don’t need Seven Dragon Balls to summon this beast.

Only time will tell if Blizzard wants to further evaluate the life-saving Frisbie, as its value remains undeniably high to the point where even dead controllers can be saved.

Until then, Baptiste’s kit remains one of the strongest in the entire game.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”