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Overwatch April 9 hero pools ban Lucio and others from rotation

Published: 10/Apr/2020 3:38

by Andrew Amos

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Week 6 of Overwatch hero pools is here, with Blizzard locking away four heroes for the next few days of competitive play, including fan-favorite healer Lucio and more.

After a few weeks of experimenting, Blizzard have finally finessed the Overwatch hero pools formula. From now on, four heroes will be banned ⁠— one support, two damage, and one tank, just how they intended.

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Week 6’s unlucky victims ⁠— who have been taken out of Competitive Play as of April 9 ⁠— are off-tank Zarya, projectile DPS heroes Pharah and Symmetra, and Lucio.

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Zarya, Pharah, Symmetra, and Lucio will be off the table for Overwatch players in Week 6.

Breaking down the bans, some popular team comps will be completely gutted by the exclusion of these heroes. Reinhardt-Zarya GOATS-esque compositions had been making a slow resurgence, but those will be off the board for the following week.

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On top of that, Mercy players who were hoping to get back into the groove of a “Pharmercy” combo will have their hopes snuffed for another week too. With the other half of the duo off the board, there won’t be any aerial threat to worry about this week once again.

With Lucio finding himself on the sidelines once again, teams might have to opt in for more Mercy-dive compositions. Winston and D.Va are both up, alongside the likes of Genji, so players could be getting a throwback to early 2018.

Pharah and Mercy in Overwatch performing Pharmercy combo
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Pharmercy is off the cards for another week in Overwatch.

This hero pool will not be in the rotation for long though. Blizzard have announced sweeping changes to how the bans will operate starting April 13, with the pools for casual players and Overwatch League pros alike being mirrored.

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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.

Heroes will be chopped based on “high-level Competitive Player matches” from the previous two weeks, and no hero can be banned two weeks in a row.

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Winston might make a resurgence in the next week as dive looks to be strong once again, even without Pharah.

If you are a main of either Zarya, Symmetra, Pharah, or Lucio, you might want to stick with quick play this week.

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The big positive, however, is that they are unlikely to be out of operation for too long, with the changes coming through in just four days.

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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.