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Jeff Kaplan announces Overwatch’s first Experimental Mode “Triple Damage”

Published: 24/Feb/2020 20:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that “triple damage” will be the first game type launching alongside the “Experimental mode.”

As Kaplan previously explained, the “Experimental mode” will test out new balance changes and features that may not make it to the live game. Unlike the PTR, which is normally for bug fixes, the mode will be available on both consoles and PC.

Amusingly, Kaplan had already hinted at the “triple damage” mode back in a January forum post where he explained that the team had been internally testing playing the game with three damage heroes, one tank, and two supports.

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“Triple Damage” will have teams consisting of three DPS, one tank, and two supports.

“We’ve also been brainstorming if there is a way to bring this experiment to the community somehow,” Jeff said at the time.

Now, the mode is set to go live on February 25. According to Kaplan, the team would be monitoring queue times – something that has been somewhat of a problem for DPS players since role queue was added to Overwatch.

“We’re also looking for your feedback because this is a radical change,” Kaplan added.

With Triple Damage, one of the biggest concerns was how players would approach off-tanks such as Roadhog, Zarya, and D.Va who lack barriers. According to Jeff, there will be “big balance changes” for the off-tanks.

“Don’t freak out, these balance changes aren’t intended to make it to the live game unless we were to put the 3-2-1 system out there,” he explained.

While Kaplan didn’t explicitly say Roadhog would be moved to the DPS slot, in the forum post he made in January, he stated that the tank was “moved from the Tank to the Damage category, he only has 400 health, Take a Breather only heals and does not do damage reduction and there were a bunch of DPS changes to his scrap gun.”

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There will be many balance changes with the experimental mode.

It will be interesting to see all the balance changes implemented just for this mode. Additionally, Kaplan hinted that an event could be going live alongside Triple Damage.

As Dexerto previously reported, a Mardi Gras Ashe event seemed to be leaked by Twitch drops, so it’s likely that this is what Jeff was referring to.

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.