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Overwatch community outraged over Moira’s “overpowered” Fade rework

Published: 23/Jul/2020 23:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players are livid after the game introduced a new batch of Experimental Changes to Moira in a July 23 patch, with some claiming Fade has become the most broken ability in the game.

The July 23 patch saw some nerfs to Genji, which the community seemed excited about, given his recent jump in pick and win-rate on the ladder. They also saw some massive overhauls to Moira’s Damage Orb and Fade.

On the Experimental Card, Moira’s Damage Orb can deal a whopping 150 damage per second, making it one of the most lethal abilities in the game. However, the real issue comes in the form of Fade, which has become an incredible defensive tool.

Now, when Moira uses Fade, all teammates around her are cleansed of any status effects, such as Ana’s anti-heal. They are also immune to damage for a second, meaning that Fade can save teammates from Ultimates like Junkrat’s Rip Tire, D.va’s Self-Destruct and other burst damage abilities.

The most “broken mechanic” in history

Needless to say, fans are not happy with the changes.

Former Overwatch pro and Florida Mayhem content creator Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare called them “the most overpowered, broken mechanic in the history of the game.”

“This makes Moira the most dominant pick in the game,” he blasted. “It means that Moira is a counter to everything in the game.”

Korean tank Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu also took issue with the new Fade and presented a scenario where it could easily counter Earthshatter.

The backlash spread to the Competitive Overwatch subreddit with users mocking the outlandish rework.

“Jeff [Kaplan] passed the blunt,” user ‘siempreviper’ joked, poking fun at the Game Director.

“Super-mass-ultimate-counters like that put on a simple fast cooldown ability is very OP,” DIABOLUS777 remarked.

Eventually, Molly Fender, Overwatch’s Community Development Lead, took to Twitter in an attempt to reaffirm that the changes are only experimental.

The changes may not go through

“For everyone in the back, say it with me… Experimental Mode,” she said, before pasting the mode’s purpose. “The Experimental Mode allows players to test out ideas that the development team has been experimenting with as well. These test have ranged from minor number changes, new abilities, or 1-3-2 role lock.”

It does seem like it’s unlikely that the Moira Fade changes go through; when Jeff Kaplan first discussed the new Experimental Card on July 14, he wrote that even the team was “unsure” about them to begin with.

Whatever the case, normally the Experimental Mode stays active for about a week before the changes are either added to the game or discarded, so we’ll know for sure very soon.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.