McCree's reworked Deadeye on Overwatch PTR has DPS mains excited - Dexerto

McCree’s reworked Deadeye on Overwatch PTR has DPS mains excited

Published: 24/Jan/2020 3:29

by Brad Norton


January 23 introduced a wide variety of drastic changes on the Public Test Region (PTR) and Overwatch veterans couldn’t be more ecstatic over the latest changes to McCree.

It’s been quite a while since the cowboy sharpshooter made an impact on the meta in Overwatch. From the lengthy period of GOATS competition to the implementation of a 2-2-2 Role Lock system, the DPS hero hasn’t been able to truly shine for a good stretch of time.

While others like Mei and Reaper took precedent throughout favorable compositions of late, the most recent patch looks set to shake things up and push the gunslinger back in the forefront of competition. Veteran players have been quick to voice their opinion and share wild highlights, indicating that McCree could be a force to be reckoned with in the coming months.

Overwatch heroes McCree and Pharah in battle.
McCree could become Pharah’s biggest enemy with the latest patch.

Immediately hopping into the Practice Range on PTR and experimenting with all of the latest changes, popular Overwatch content creator ‘KarQ’ showcased just how McCree’s Deadeye adjustment can impact a fight.

“Firing Deadeye no longer locks the player’s aim,” is how the new effect is worded in the January 23 patch notes. In essence, this means that McCree is no longer stuck looking in one direction upon pulling the trigger and firing off his Ultimate. Rather, the DPS character can look around and ensure that moving targets won’t disappear outside your line of sight.

Showcasing just that throughout a recent demonstration, KarQ locked sights with Practice Range robots both in front and behind his character. Firing away while rapidly turning around, he was amazingly able to knock down every single robot that had been locked onto while charging up. 

Could be good if you build skull then Genji dashes behind you for example,” he added.

Another example of the changes in effect comes from Reddit user ‘nDR_ow’ as they neared the end of Eichenwalde throughout a recent match on the PTR. 

Activating their Deadeye at the start of the third checkpoint, the player was quickly booped through the air by an angry enemy Winston. Able to full aim wherever they pleased while the ability was in effect, they rotated back and forth before settling onto two exposed targets and blasting them away.

In the midst of all the chaos, they were even Nano Boosted to really amplify the effects. If only they had rotated their aim back to the raging monkey after firing the first shot, perhaps they would have locked another skull thanks to the new PTR changes.

So I just got this play on mccree… LMAO from Overwatch

Former Overwatch League star for the Houston Outlaws, Jake Lyon, was quick to share his enthusiasm for the latest set of balance updates, focusing especially on the changes to McCree. “Wait McCree is HUGE now,” he emphasized. “Looking forward to this one.”

“He’s still a tier below snipers/Tracer/Pharah in terms of counter potential. Pharah is the one who will probably suffer most from this change,” he outlined, indicating that the McCree buffs could directly impact the amount that Pharah is seen throughout competitive play.

While Jake will be serving as on-air talent throughout the 2020 Overwatch League season, he’ll have the best seat in the house to commentate over some of the flashiest McCree plays coming from those with impeccable aim.

While there’s no set date as to when these McCree buffs will make their way to the live Overwatch servers, it appears as though Blizzard could be ready to update the hero shooter at a more frequent rate than in years prior.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan recently addressed the community and explained that a brand new developer update is finally on the way after a six-month gap, and that “more frequent updates” are part of their plan for 2020.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.