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Jeff Kaplan confirms more Mei nerfs coming to Overwatch soon

Published: 21/Apr/2020 2:25

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan let slip that more Mei nerfs are headed our way soon in a Reddit post explaining how devs are approaching the evolving Hero Pool system.

The Hero Pool system has been tweaked and changed by devs ever since it was introduced, and Kaplan took to Reddit to fill fans in on where they were at in a lengthy post.

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While writing the post, he also let out that we’ll be seeing more Mei nerfs arrive as soon as this week when explaining why the system didn’t ban the hero every week as some players would like.

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Mei might be adorable, but she can be pure evil when on the enemy team.

“Largely the system is working,” Jeff said about Hero Pools. “Impactful heroes to both the base game and OWL are getting rotated, for example, Moira and Orisa this week.”

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“Just because the system doesn’t routinely ban Mei each week doesn’t really bother us,” he continued. “Because that’s not what it was meant to do.”

“In addition to her [Mei’s] recent nerfs, more are coming on Wednesday,” Kaplan revealed. “Her win rate is already down.”

Kaplan wrote his comment in the afternoon of April 20, which would make April 22 the day we can expect to see more Mei nerfs arrive.

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Jeff conveniently forgot to mention a few key details about the nerfs though, mainly what to expect and whether or not they’ll be headed to the PTR or main game.

Exactly what sort of nerfs Mei will be getting is tough to pin down. Her recent changes in the April 6 patch focused on her Endothermic Blaster, so devs might target her abilities this time. At this point though that’s all just speculation.

Even though Jeff didn’t mention it, there’s a good chance the updates will be added to Overwatch’s Experimental Card rather than the PTR, since that’s the way devs tested changes before the April 6 patch.

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This would be good news for console players, who are able to test changes along with PC players in Experimental, but not on the PTR.

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Mei has seen quite a few changes in recent weeks, and it seems there’s only more to come.

Besides dropping a clue about the next update, Jeff’s lengthy post also gave some great insight on how Overwatch devs are approaching the game’s balance as it closes in on its fourth Anniversary event.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.