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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


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.

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.

Overwatch League Hero Pool Week 7
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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.

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.

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.

“[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.

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.


Incredible Overwatch custom game lets you drive a ‘Lamborghini’

Published: 22/Jan/2021 5:21 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 5:34

by Brad Norton


An Overwatch racing game might not be all too far off now as a stylish new Workshop mode places heroes behind the wheel, allowing you to drive through any given map.

Driving a car is now possible in Overwatch thanks to the power of the Workshop. Players have modded their own custom vehicle into existence, allowing you to take it for a spin and drift through the game.

It’s not a simple trick that lets your hero move faster than usual. It’s a proper vehicle design that you can take control of and drive around. 

In fact, it’s modeled after the Lamborghini Aventador SV, giving you some style and some speed as you cruise through the world of Overwatch.

Overwatch gameplay
Ever wanted to drive a Lambo? Now you can… in Overwatch.

“I’ve turned Overwatch into a Streetwatch,” GraczCourier’s Gaming revealed on January 21. While it might look a little different to what you had in mind, it functions better than perhaps any Workshop vehicle to date.

A collection of pipes and electricity effects bring the template of the car to life. Players have complete control over the direction of the Lambo, along with its speed as well.

You can drift around corners, activate nitrous, and even change the radio station while you’re in the driver’s seat. Not only that, but the custom mode appears to work across every map in the game.

This means you can boost through Hanamura, take in the sights of Blizzard World, or jet around London on King’s Row. Handling looks to be extremely precise as an accompanying video showcased just what’s possible with the Aventador in Overwatch.

While it’s a blast to drive around, there’s a unique challenge to it as well. How fast can you get through your favorite map? How long can you drift in one attempt? You and your teammates can put it all to the test.

The flashy Workshop mode is available for anyone to check out in-game now. Try it out for yourself with the following Workshop code: 4XQP4