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Jeff Kaplan confirms Moira changes and addresses Overwatch smurfing

Published: 9/May/2020 11:07

by Connor Bennett


Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has confirmed that changes are on the way for Moira and that the Overwatch team is still trying to find ways to combat players who are all about negative smurfing.

Overwatch fans are always looking for Blizzard to tackle any problems that they find in-game head-on, be it a completely overpowered hero, a game-breaking glitch, or, in more recent weeks, the hero ban pool. 

As fans try to make their voices heard they can usually find a response coming from Jeff Kaplan. The Overwatch lead designer has been giving updates on the progress of Overwatch 2 in recent weeks, but is still working on the current title, addressing fan concerns with heroes like Moira.

Moira is set to undergo some changes.

During a question and answer session with numerous Overwatch content creators, Kaplan was quizzed on how heroes like Moira and Brigitte eliminate part of the learning curve for new players – meaning that they can lack game sense in key moments.

“We want a mix of skill deltas across heroes. Part of what makes OW the game it is is the variety and diversity of skills and players,” Kaplan said. “With that said, changes coming to Moira on the experimental card soon.”

He also noted that while fans might want the developers to completely “dumpster” a hero, that isn’t going to happen as the team aims to find a way to fix things.

The Overwatch lead designer was also asked about how the team is trying to combat Smurfing in-game. Kaplan noted that it isn’t always a bad thing to have two accounts, but the negative side of Smurfing – throwing games, boosting, and manipulating matchmaking – is something they “hate.”

While he couldn’t offer up a definite answer for what is going to change, Kaplan did add that his team is working hard to get better at the detection and action against players.

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Kaplan spoke to a number of Overwatch content creators about current issues and changes.

Kaplan noted that he pushes for phone verification on accounts but that doesn’t solve everything, and there probably isn’t a golden ticket for all the problems – otherwise every multiplayer game would have implemented fixes for their own issues.

What they can do later down the line, however, remains to be seen, but some fans will be uplifted by Kaplan addressing things.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


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. 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.