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Jeff Kaplan reveals focus of next Overwatch experimental card

Published: 15/Apr/2020 5:38

by Andrew Amos

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The Overwatch experimental card has proven to be a great way to test changes Blizzard wants to implement. It’s just about to get another update soon, with Jeff Kaplan revealing what Team 4 are targeting this time around.

The experimental card feature in Overwatch has opened the door for Blizzard to test features before setting them live in-game. From tinkering with role lock, to buffing certain heroes in certain ways, it’s the developer’s big sandpit that players can join in on.

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With Overwatch’s balance in the air after the introduction of hero pools, among other things, the experimental card is constantly being updated so the devs can get an idea of what’s important.

So, there’s a lot of fanfare surrounding what the next card will be. With some heroes being neglected for a relatively long time, like Bastion or Soldier: 76, players are wondering if they’ll get their time in the sun again.

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They might ⁠— however, it won’t be with direct changes to those heroes. Jeff Kaplan has outlined that crowd control is the next focus of the experimental card, and trying to down its power.

“The next experimental card changes are targeted at CC reduction across multiple heroes,” Kaplan stated in an April 14 forum post.

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Crowd control is the target of Overwatch’s next experimental card.

The specifics of these crowd control centered changes are unclear for now. Heroes like Doomfist and Mei, who have a lot of disruption in their kit, are likely to take a hit.

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They could also swing it the other way. Heroes with very little ways of defending themselves from CC, like Bastion or Soldier: 76, could get a little boost.

Whether they target crowd control damage, or the duration of stuns, or how CC layers ⁠— none of this is really known. All the players do know is that fixing Overwatch’s crowd control issues are high on Blizzard’s priority list.

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Heroes with no protection against CC, like Bastion, might also get a buff.

There’s no set date for the experimental card changes, but they should be on their way shortly if the developer team is talking about them publicly.

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We will keep you updated with any new information about Overwatch’s next experimental card as it comes.

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Insane Overwatch Wrecking Ball Tracer combo obliterates enemy teams

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:14

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find some new synergy between two unlikely heroes should look no further than a lethal combination with Tracer and Wrecking Ball.

Wrecking Ball can be one of the most annoying heroes in the game to deal with, constantly booping people away while remaining in his ball form.

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Meanwhile, Tracer can do very much of the same, buzzing in the backline, harassing supports and just being a general menace to deal with thanks to her Blinks, Recall and small hit box.

Together, the threat of Tracer and Wrecking Ball can really dominate uncoordinated teams, but with a little coordination on their own part, the two can destroy entire groups with a neat ultimate attack.

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Wrecking Ball piledrives enemies on Junkertown
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Wrecking Ball can be a major threat in the back line.

As demonstrated by Twitch streamer ‘rene_ow,’ the Masters ranked Hammond player spotted a pack of enemies all grouped up on the Busan map.

After grappling to go in for a major boop on the four, the player’s allied Tracer blinked in and stuck her Pulse Bomb on the McCree.

With the McCree booped into the rest of the adversaries, the result ended up being a massive quad kill, with both supports and DPS heroes on the enemy team eliminated swiftly.

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The insane combo was well-received by the team, which celebrated the quad kill. “That was nuts!” they cried with glee.

Perhaps the best part of this combo is that you don’t need the stick to connect. In theory, you can have Wrecking Ball knock the enemies towards Tracer or her Pulse Bomb radius to secure the frags.

This type of team play may take some serious effort to get right, but if you have a partner you synergize well with, it’s always possible that this combination can help you win Overwatch games, and rank up in style.

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