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Kaplan reveals fate of separate Overwatch queues for main and off-tanks

Published: 11/Feb/2020 3:16

by Andrew Amos


Jeff Kaplan has weighed in on some player-requested changes to Overwatch’s role queue, including dividing tank queues into main tank and off-tank, in an attempt to improve matchmaking as a whole.

Overwatch’s role queue has helped fix the game into a more stable 2-2-2 formation, giving the meta a few more constraints to grow in. While it’s taken away some of the more wacky combos, role queue has made ranked play a bit more bearable without having to fight for your position.

One exception to that is tanks. While there’s one uniform queue for the role, there’s two types of tanks ⁠— main and off-tanks. Players have long requested the queue be split into two to ensure every player is getting the role they want.

Overwatch Role Queue selection screen with Tank, Damage, and Support
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Overwatch players can choose between three roles to queue up for.

However, separate queues for main and off-tanks will not be the answer, for now. Kaplan put speculation to rest on February 10, confirming split tank queues would not be coming to Overwatch in an attempt to speed up matchmaking.

“It’s an interesting suggestion,” he conceded, but added that “the more ‘buckets’ [the devs] add, the slower matchmaking will be. Overall, we want to reduce queue times, not impact them further.”

A big issue with Overwatch’s role queue at the moment is the dividing up of players between three separate queues, so if a bunch of players only select one role, it can take a lot longer to find a balanced game with all roles filled.

D.Va on Volskaya Industries in Overwatch
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Jeff Kaplan has shot down hopes of role queue being split into four for main and off-tanks.

Dividing players into four queues will only thin out matchmaking even further, and increase queue times as a result. While main tanks and off-tanks have vastly different roles in Overwatch, they also fall under the same banner of ‘tank’ heroes.

To then split the queue into main tank and off-tank, Blizzard would then need to define what is a main tank and an off-tank, with the metas of both roles being in flux as of late.

While Orisa, Reinhardt, and Winston have long been dubbed main tanks, heroes like Wrecking Ball have filled both a main and off-tank role. Double main tank compositions revolving around Reinhardt and Orisa have also found a way into the meta, and splitting the queue will kill those.

Wrecking Ball on Junkertown in Overwatch
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Heroes like Wrecking Ball would make defining main and off-tanks hard.

There could be some changes down the line for role queue though that might give main and off-tanks some breathing room though. The Overwatch team is playing around with a few different variations, including a two-DPS, two-support, one-tank, and one-flex queue.

These new role queues are still in development and haven’t been launched on the Public Test Realm (PTR) yet, but Blizzard are looking at ways at ensuring everyone gets the best experience possible in the new queues.


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.

D.va 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.