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Overwatch career profiles get massive upgrade in PTR update

Published: 24/Jun/2020 1:22

by Bill Cooney

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A new Overwatch PTR patch includes some major changes for how players’ career stats and profiles are displayed in-game.

June 23 already had a retail Overwatch update that buffed D.Va and nerfed several other heroes in Experimental mode, but it also included some PTR changes to the game’s UI.

Specifically, the changes were made to player profiles along with how stats are displayed – and some of the  adjustments are things Overwatch players have been requesting for years.

Apart from the new look, game mode playtime has been added to the overview section, so we can see exactly how much time we’ve spent in each individual mode like Mystery Heroes, UNO and of course Competitive Play.

Our stats are now displayed on the PTR in format that’s easier to read, separated into “Average per 10 min,” “Best,” and “Total,” which should make it much nicer to look at.

It will be smoother than ever to check on your achievements after this update, since they’re now grouped by category, and can be filtered between the ones you’ve earned and what you still have to unlock.

Without a doubt though, the biggest change by far in this PTR patch is the ability to sort player icons by category, specific heroes, or if you’ve earned them yet or not.

This might seem like a trivial change, but it’s definitely welcome news to every player who’s spent precious minutes searching for that specific year one Halloween Terror Icon to flex with in your Competitive matches.

Apart from the new-look profile, Junkrat’s experimental card changes from the June 23 Overwatch retail patch were also included, but it’s unknown why only his made it to the PTR and not D.Va, Brigitte, or Ashe’s.

There’s no exact date yet for when these updates will make it to the main game, but updates usually stay on the PTR for at least a couple of weeks before developers send them live. Whether or not we’ll have to wait that long for these profile changes remains to be seen, but at least we know they’re finally on the way.

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Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
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Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
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Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.