Major Overwatch exploit is sabotaging Competitive Placement matches - Dexerto
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Major Overwatch exploit is sabotaging Competitive Placement matches

Published: 22/Aug/2020 1:14

by Bill Cooney

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It can be tough enough to climb in rank on the Overwatch Competitive ladder, but a new exploit is making thing even easier for so-called smurfs, and much more difficult for the rest of us.

In the last few years so-called smurfing, which is when a highly ranked player makes a new account to either relive the thrills of ranking up, or just to beat up on low-level players.

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For obvious reasons, this is frowned upon by the vast majority of players who don’t smurf, but apparently a new exploit in Competitive placement matches is making it easier, and more annoying, to deal with than ever before.

Apparently, by leaving five games in placements with an account new to competitive, you’ll automatically be placed in the gold rank. Since most of these players are higher level than gold to begin with, it’s basically instant-qualification for a smurf account.

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If you’re a gold, platinum, or silver player, the amount of SR you can gain or lose with a win or lose are roughly about the same. however, if you’re a higher level player going up against a stack of smurfs, the potential for lost SR is much greater than the maximum you could ever earn.

This also doesn’t encourage the best gameplay either, as those players who are actually trying to win could get discouraged with the relatively low rewards they’re grinding for.

It also seems very counterintuitive to have players just placed into gold automatically, especially if they intentionally leave all of the matches. How you would apply a penalty or try to stop people from doing so does present a problem though.

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How to deal with smurf accounts has become one of Overwatch’s biggest problems in recent years.

For instance, if you put players who leave Competitive matches at a lower rank, you’d basically be playing right into smurf players’ very intentions. On the other hand, if you were to put them at a higher rank, everyone would just simply skip placements to get that extra boost.

Maybe the simplest solution would be to simply not count any placement matches you leave as a match at all, win or loss, so that players remain unranked until they fully complete all of the required games. That, or Blizzard could limit how many copies of Overwatch one person could buy, but we don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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Hilarious Overwatch clip shows the dangers of using D.Va’s ultimate

Published: 16/Oct/2020 0:14

by Theo Salaun

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In Overwatch, D.Va’s ultimate is one of the most dangerous abilities in the game. As some fans are just now learning, that’s because it can be just as threatening to herself as it is for her enemies.

In the young days of Overwatch, D.Va’s Self-Destruct could also kill the MEKA’s infamous pilot, Hana Song, if you didn’t get to cover quickly enough. Now, those days are gone, and everyone’s favorite Starcraft pro can stand defiantly in the blast radius of her detonation without suffering a scratch.

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However, the mobile suit conductor affectionately known as ‘Baby D.Va’ apparently faces an entirely different peril when sending out her imploding MEKA. Whether throwing the ultimate in a direction using her boosters or simply placing it where she stands, Baby D.Va has to hit the eject button and pop out of the back. This presents certain logistical considerations.

Normally, one throws the bomb and scurries to some amount of cover while awaiting the consequences of its blast. In pilot form, Song has just 150 health and a nice little blaster (appropriately named the Light Gun). The following clip is a PSA that enemies are not the only danger to her low-HP self, though.

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I am a pro D.va Gamer from Overwatch

As Reddit’s ‘SouredApple’ demonstrates, the professional D.Va gamer must not only estimate the trajectory of her ultimate’s destructive capacity, but also of her eject. While they are adept enough to angle the bomb in a surprising manner that pulls off a teamfight-winning 3K, their ejection leads to an untimely demise.

Taking a sneaky route to the side, the bomb hits the enemy team from an unexpected angle and kills off all three attackers who are moving the payload toward Rialto’s first checkpoint. Unfortunately, that route also puts the back of D.Va’s MEKA toward the beautiful (yet deadly) canals of the Venetian map.

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Overwatch’s Rialto map has beautiful canals, but they are very dangerous.

SouredApple therefore becomes the martyr of their team’s fight, eliminating three payload-preoccupied enemies while popping themselves backward into the canal.

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Not only does this moment give new meaning to the “Self-Destruct” moniker, but it also serves as an important PSA: you eject backward and Overwatch’s heroes can’t swim, so make sure water isn’t behind you.