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Jeff Kaplan promises changes for Overwatch’s “flawed” 2CP maps

Published: 18/Apr/2020 0:59

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has given fans an update on the state of the game’s infamous 2CP maps, and added that they’re one of the top priorities for developers right now.

Assault, more commonly known as 2CP maps in the Overwatch community, are some of the most unpopular maps to get in rotation for players.

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For years, we’ve just had to bear it and pray to the RNG god that we don’t get Temple of Anubis, Paris, or any other 2CP map for our Competitive matches, but Jeff has spent the last week assuring us that devs are currently working on changes.

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Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony were so unpopular, Blizzard straight up removed them from the Competitive rotation.

In the last week, we’ve already seen two of the worst examples of Overwatch 2 CP maps: Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony, completely removed from the Competitive rotation.

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Kaplan revealed that developers have spent more time working on 2CP than any other mode in a blog post on the official Overwatch forums on April 17.

“We discuss 2cp all the time, it’s one of the top discussions we have in the design group,” Kaplan revealed. “We’ve spent more time trying to address that gamemode and trying changes than any other mode. We’ve also reworked those maps the most.”

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Kaplan revealed 2CP is one of devs top priorities.

Jeff added that over time, it’s become impossible to ignore the “fundamental flaws” that come along with Assault maps, even for players who don’t mind them.

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“The mode has some fundamental flaws,” Kaplan admitted about Assault maps. “Depending on the context your coming from (professional play vs. comp vs. quick play). Contrary to what some communities would have you believe, not everyone dislikes the modes or the maps.”

While devs “continue to try solutions for both the mode and the maps,” Kaplan admitted that “there just aren’t easy, silver bullet solutions,” when it comes to “fixing” 2CP.

Developers are working to “fix” Horizon and Paris after both maps were removed from the Competitive rotation.

Exactly when we’ll see the new, revamped 2CP mode and maps make their debut is unknown. You would think any changes would come before the release of Overwatch 2 (which we don’t have a date for either) but if developers want to take longer to make sure Assault is actually more enjoyable to play, they can take all the time they need.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

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Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

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The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

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Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.

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