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Overwatch April 12 hero pool ban Reinhardt and others from rotation

Published: 13/Apr/2020 3:42 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 6:41

by Andrew Amos

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A new set of hero pools for Overwatch is out, with Reinhardt, McCree, Widowmaker, and Brigitte being taken off the board for the next week of play.

Four more heroes are off the board for Overwatch players this week, with a new hero pool set being revealed on April 12.

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Week 7 of hero pools, decided after this week’s Overwatch League action, will see Reinhardt, Brigitte, Widowmaker, and McCree disabled in Competitive Play until April 19.

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McCree, Widowmaker, Reinhardt, and Brigitte will be unavailable for play in Competitive queues starting on April 12.

McCree and Widowmaker’s bans should not come as a surprise to most players. The two hitscan DPS heroes are the first and third most-played Damage characters respectively, and have been key elements of a large portion of Overwatch League team compositions.

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Reinhardt and Brigitte have also been popular in tandem. In fact, the duo were by far the most popular in their roles ⁠— with Reinhardt being played in almost 60% of games, while Brig’s playrate of 43.2% made her the only support eligible for bans this week.

With two of the most popular hitscans out of action for the next week, as well as Reinhardt, things are going to get tricky.

Overwatch players can expect a resurgence in double shield compositions with Orisa-Sigma-Mei-Hanzo, or even some Winston-D.Va dive action.

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Also, for the first time in over a fortnight, “Pharmercy” will be available to play once again. Both Pharah and Mercy escaped the ban hammer on April 12 after the popular duo had traded bans in consecutive weeks.

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Pharmercy is back, with both Pharah and Mercy escaping bans for Week 7.

While the community didn’t need to be concerned with pro play hero pools previously, they do now. Bans for the Overwatch League and Competitive Play queues have been merged as of this week.

However, pro play will have minimal impact on what heroes get taken out every week. Heroes with high playrates in “high-level Competitive Play matches” will be taken out of the pool for both OWL, Contenders, and in-game ranked queues.

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“[We want] the Overwatch League and Competitive Play to mirror each other as closely as possible and make a more consistent viewing and play experience,” developers said.

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The only thing in Widow’s scope for the next week is a big, red cross.

Week 7’s hero pool will be activated from April 13 at 11am PT. Reinhardt, Brigitte, Widowmaker, and McCree mains will have to wait a week ⁠— until April 19 ⁠— to play their favorite hero in Competitive Play again.

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The good news is they can’t be banned for next week, however for now, it might be worth sticking to quick play if you are a main of either hero.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.