Jeff Kaplan talks Torbjörn rework, balance changes, and in-game events in latest Overwatch Developer Update - Dexerto

Jeff Kaplan talks Torbjörn rework, balance changes, and in-game events in latest Overwatch Developer Update

Published: 22/Sep/2018 2:13 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 0:47

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan returned with another Developer Update covering various upcoming changes to the game.

Every month or so, Kaplan addresses Overwatch players directly, giving insight into what the development team is currently working on and explaining the reasoning behind various changes. With a major patch hitting the PTR, Kaplan explained some of the updates, as well as touching on some future plans.

Kaplan outlined some of the changes to Torbjörn, full details of which were explained in a separate post, covering some of the devlopment team’s philosophy towards the overhaul and what they are hoping to achieve with the new iteration of the hero.

Though he didn’t go into much detail regarding the other hero changes in the patch, Kaplan did say that “not all of them will stay the same”, highlighting that some will likely be further changed before they reach the live servers. While this might seem an obvious point, changes made on the PTR have frequently made their way to live unadjusted.

The developer update also touched on the upcoming Halloween event, “Halloween Terror”. Kaplan explained that the event would be broadly the same as last year’s as the development team is currently focused on other areas, mainly balance changes.

Many players were underwhelmed by the lack of new content in the recent Summer Games event, which Kaplan seemingly addressed here. Fans of the new event skins will still have plenty to look forward to, however.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities. from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.