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Jeff Kaplan confirms Overwatch double shield nerfs are ‘biggest priority’

Published: 31/Jul/2020 2:56

by Brad Norton

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Weighing in on the issues currently facing Overwatch, Game Director Jeff Kaplan highlighted the double shield meta as the biggest priority for Blizzard, even outlining when fans can expect a big shakeup.

Balance updates have been coming thick and fast in Overwatch lately. Some have stuck the landing and made it through to the live version of the game. Others were met with near-universal backlash though, and soon discarded.

As Blizzard tweaks various aspects of the core Overwatch experience, some issues become a higher priority than others. The prominence of shields is one such issue that has been in the spotlight for quite some time. While newer characters like Brigitte and Sigma have been scaled back over the months, shields are still extremely prevalent. 

With new heroes on the way and Overwatch 2 right around the corner, Jeff Kaplan has highlighted the double shield meta as the biggest priority for the developers today.

Overwatch Brigitte and Reinhardt gameplay
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Multiple shields are commonplace in the most powerful compositions.

“The most immediate priority is a balance patch aimed at the double shield meta,” he explained in a July 30 AMA on the Overwatch subreddit. There’s no telling just what this balance update might entail, but the developers appear eager to test a few variations.

Instead of deploying a traditional update on the Public Test Region, the dominant meta will be addressed in a different way. A new Experimental Card will be released “in the next few weeks,” Kaplan confirmed, so fans can expect to test new changes in the near future.

Given just how prominent shields have been in Overwatch for many years now, even the slightest change could have a drastic ripple effect. Thanks to the experimental mode though, the devs can safely test new ideas without it actually impacting the core gameplay experience.

If new shield changes come into effect and the community explodes with a wave of backlash — similar to the latest Moira rework — Blizzard can quickly pivot to another idea. 

Whether it’s reducing the hit points of shields across the board, allowing minor damage to phase through, or something new entirely, we’ll have to wait and see. Kaplan didn’t quite explain how shields will soon be changing in the near future; just that the double shield meta is atop Blizzard’s list of things to fix at this point in time.

The experimental mode has seen a great deal of activity lately with no signs of slowing down. Recently, the controversial Assault mode saw its biggest change to date with an all-new format.

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Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.