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Jeff Kaplan shares good and bad news for events in Overwatch 2

Published: 21/Nov/2019 20:33

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch Game Director and Blizzard Vice President Jeff Kaplan spoke at the University of Southern California on November 21, where he shared some important details regarding events coming to the game’s recently-announced sequel.

Events have been one of the most popular aspects of Overwatch, awarding players with unique skins, map redesigns and new modes like  Summer Games’ LucioBall and Halloween’s PvE Junkenstein’s Revenge.

While some players have found the events no longer pack the same punch as they used to, with a lot of the content being recycled and nothing new added, Jeff Kaplan revealed some exciting new info in regards to events for Overwatch 2.

Twitter user Quiana Dang documented Kaplan’s Q&A at her school and noted that Kaplan claimed the Blizzard team is going to start “rethinking” the event calendar – and possibly retire some of them.

If an event does retire, it’s unclear what would happen to skins designed for it. Will they become artifacts lost to time, or will players finally be able to buy and trade skins, thus placing a value on their rarity? That much went unanswered – but that wasn’t all Kaplan had to say.

According to Dang, Kaplan also said Overwatch 2 should bring in more events. This means that, on one hand, some original events could be archived, but on the flip side, new ones could be in the works.

During the Q&A, the Blizzard VP also addressed the lack of Public Test Realm updates lately, and said part of the issue is that not enough users play long enough to get proper data.

Jeff explained how sometimes they will make a change to a hero and people would try it out for only six minutes, and that would be it for them. Additionally, he stressed how the “player psychology is weird” on the PTR.

Players often hop on just to try out a big new change, new hero or map, and then leave if they don’t get to play that character.

He added that because half of the player base is on console, the PTR doesn’t reflect balance changes for them.

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It will be interesting to see how the company handles both the PTR and events when Overwatch 2 is eventually released and what events end up being retired. It may be difficult for some fans to say goodbye to favorites such as Junkenstein’s Revenge or Archives, though.

No release date for Overwatch 2 is currently set, but the team is hard at work getting the sequel out and polished.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.