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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.


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.