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Overwatch April 29 update sets crowd-control nerfs live – patch notes

Published: 29/Apr/2020 22:33 Updated: 29/Apr/2020 22:38

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has hit the live servers on April 29, bringing a slew of crowd control and stun nerfs from the Experimental mode to the main game.

The patch is loaded with changes to stuns, freezes and any ability that can prevent players from being able to move for periods of time.

For instance, Ana’s Sleep Dart saw its duration lessened by one second, meaning that anyone hit by the ability will find themselves back in the action sooner than they would have on the previous version of the game.

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Ana’s Sleep Dart got a slight nerf.

The biggest nerf on the table comes to Mei, who sees her freeze stun duration lowered along with the duration of her Blizzard Ultimate.

In the highest levels of organized play, Mei is viewed as extremely obnoxious to play against and sees a very high play rate. However, in ladder, she doesn’t see as much action, which is why she hasn’t been eligible for a ban in Hero Pools.

Finally, both Roadhog and Sigma get slight buffs or nerfs depending on how you look at it. With Sigma, Accretion now has a fixed stun duration of 0.8 seconds, but the cast time is lowered, so there’s a bit of a trade off that may actually help the Talon tank.

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Sigma’s change may be a bit of a buff.

With Roadhog, his Wholehog Ultimate sees its knockback increased by 20%. This is both a nerf and a buff as the Ultimate will now be sending opponents away with its tremendous power, but it won’t be so easy to pick up kills with it unless an enemy is sent against a wall.

Hopefully, these changes make the game much faster so players are not stunned quite as often by all the CC heroes have available to them.

Full patch notes follow:

HERO UPDATES

Ana

Sleep Dart

  • Sleep duration lowered from 6 to 5 seconds

Mei

Endothermic Blaster (Primary Fire)

  • Freeze stun duration lowered from 1.5 to 1.3 seconds

Blizzard

  • Duration lowered from 5 to 4.25 seconds

McCree

Flashbang

  • Stun duration lowered from 0.85 to 0.7 seconds

Reinhardt

Earthshatter

  • Knockdown duration lowered from 3 to 2.5 seconds

Roadhog

Whole Hog

  • Knockback increased 20%

Sigma

Accretion

  • Knockdown duration is now a fixed 0.8 second instead of scaling with distance
  • Cast time reduced from 0.75 to 0.65 seconds
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Overwatch pros reacts as Gamsu announces return to LoL

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:09

by Lauren Bergin

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Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-Jin of Dallas Fuel has announced his departure from the Overwatch League in an emotional post– but there’s a twist. 

On October 17, Dallas Fuel main tank Gamsu officially announced his retirement from professional Overwatch.

With a track record that included positions on dominant teams such as the Shanghai Dragons, Gamsu’s announcement has truly rocked the Overwatch world. Not many could have predicted this to play out like it has.

While the announcement attracted a wave of disappointed fan tweets lamenting the announcement, Gamsu’s retirement, it also caught the attention of several notable figures in the Overwatch community.

OWL caster Soe Gschwind expressed her support by tweeting that she wishes him “all the best for the future”, commenting on his play style as being a “joy” to watch.

 

In addition to Soe, a collection of OWL players from across multiple different teams came together to wish Gamsu the best for his future. Notable names included Houston Outlaws’ DPS Jeffrey ‘blasé’ Tsang, Boston Uprising’s main tank Cameron ‘Fusions’ Bosworth and Seb ‘numlocked’ Barton of Toronto Defiant.

A final tweet from Jon Spector, the Vice President of the Overwatch League encapsulated the feelings of fans and colleagues alike, where he congratulated Gamsu for being ‘at the top of the world’ in both of his professional game titles: Overwatch and League of Legends.

Gamsu returns to League of Legends

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While Dallas Fuel have lost a legend, LoL has gained a new one.

Despite what seemed to be a devastating announcement for the Overwatch scene, there’s a silver lining: Gamsu is returning to League of Legends.

Before he made his name on the Overwatch stage the star player made a name for himself as the top laner for League of Legends behemoths Fnatic, with his skills helping score Fnatic third place in the 2016 EU LCS (the predecessor to the current European Championship, the LEC).

His return to the rift spark a great deal of discussion, with the most notable comment coming from current Golden Guardians support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-Hyun tweeting “GAMSU TOP?”

The news even caught the attention of former Overwatch player turned Valorant pro for FaZe Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty, who reminisced over Gamsu’s dominant performance as a top laner during his EU LCS days.

It’s safe to say that Gamsu had an amazing Overwatch career, but although he leaves the OWL behind he is back on the rift and ready to take on Runeterra.

League of Legends fans will be excited to see the return of a familiar face, and current professional players had best be ready for the return of a giant.