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Jeff Kaplan reveals Overwatch Competitive getting Open & Role Queues

Published: 12/May/2020 0:02

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan revealed that the game’s Competitive Open Queue will be available as a permanent mode alongside Role Queue later on in 2020.

Kaplan revealed that Open Queue, which is currently available in the Arcade, would be available as a permanent Competitive mode alongside Role Queue starting possibly as soon as July.

The mode is set to leave the Arcade very soon, but Jeff has assured us that it will be back later on in the Summer of 2020, before it becomes a full-fledged Competitive mode.

“It’s actually been fascinating to watch the response to Competitive Open Queue,” Jeff said. “Across the world, people play Competitive Open Queue in very different ways”

“For example, in Korea, Competitive Open Queue in Arcade is the second most popular mode being played right now,” he continued. “While in North America Competitive Open Queue is less popular than Mystery Heroes, or even Workshop modes being played in the game browser.”

Despite it’s different levels of popularity across the globe, Kaplan told us developers intend to bring Open Queue back, before making it a permanent Competitive mode later on this year.

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The stats for Open Queue show some regions enjoy it, while others don’t seem to know it exists.

“Very shortly, Competitive Open Queue will come down for a while,” Jeff explained. “We are going to work very quickly, as quickly as we can, to bring back another shortened arcade version of Competitive Open Queue that will go live sometime in June, we’re thinking mid-June, but don’t hold me exactly to that date.”

“Then, in early July when Season 23, the normal Competitive Season starts, Competitive Open Queue will now become an official mode that will be supported alongside the Role Queue Competitive Queue, if that makes sense,” he laid out. “You’ll go to the Play menu of Overwatch, you’ll select the Competitive card, then underneath the Competitive card will be two options: one will be Role Queue… and alongside of that will be Competitive Open Queue.

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Open Queue will graduate from being an Arcade mode to a full Competitive mode with Season 23, according to Jeff.

Even though Open Queue will be available as a Competitive option, he said that Overwatch would still be “tuned and balanced around” Role Queue by developers for the foreseeable future.

So, for those of you that have been wishing for another option to hop into other than Role Queue for comp, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to wait a few more months to get there.

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.