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Overwatch community split on new meta after big anti-barrier patch

Published: 15/Aug/2020 0:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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A big new Overwatch patch normally leads to a lot of discussions and the latest update is no exception, with barriers receiving a sizable hit while DPS heroes have been buffed immensely.

The August 13 update, which will be used for the Overwatch League playoffs, was created with the intention to radically shift the meta, according to San Francisco Shock main tank Matthew ‘Super’ DeLisi.

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Now that it’s live and players have had time to fool around with it, the results are in and they’re mixed, with some loving the new direction while others despise it. The big difference seems to come from tank and support players, with tanks disliking the changes while supports are in favor of them.

Over on Twitter, Twitch streamer and main tank specialist Flats claimed the game was in the “worst state” it has been in two years: “Main Tank actually unplayable.”

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Another streamer, Beaver, seemed to agree, writing that he was glad to not be alone with that position.

With the nerfs to Orisa and Sigma, some off-tank players have been playing a lot of Roadhog, who received a damage buff in the patch – something that is being mocked with memes.

The reason for the memes is because Roadhog is a tank that operates more like a DPS and with the recent buffs, he’s become a bit more of a welcome addition to a team. Plus, he has solo carry potential and can break down double barriers if teams try to run it.

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Elsewhere, support streamers TheKristenRae and Fran seemed to be thrilled with the patch, a complete 180 from how tank players feel. Rae posted a photo of her match history, showing off an impressive win-loss record.

Meanwhile, Fran, simply happy to see Zenyatta buffs, tweeted a picture of the patch notes, hyping up the fact she would be playing her main hero once more.

As the meta continues to evolve and the Overwatch League teams battle it out on the new update, it will be interesting to see what strategies they discover and just what the dominant composition will be.

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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.