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Overwatch community split over controversial hero ban leaks

Published: 21/Jan/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community has mixed reactions at the prospect of hero bans, after notorious leaker Metro said the feature was coming in a future update.

Metro, who had leaked details about Overwatch 2 prior to its reveal at BlizzCon 2019, claimed on Twitter that the developers had been working on hero bans “for a while.” He did note, however, that his source was different than the one he had feeding him information about BlizzCon.

Adding to the speculation of hero bans was a very timely tweet by former professional StarCraft player-turned-President of Gaming at The Kraft Group, Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger. On Friday, January 17 – only three days before the hero ban leaks – HuK voiced his support for hero bans.

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The Canadian recommended several different ways hero bans could be implemented into Blizzard’s FPS title and stated that the feature would add “strategy and variance” to the game.

Popular YouTuber YourOverwatch voiced his support for hero bans, at least in pro play, but wondered if the same necessity would be applied to standard ranked play.

Full-time streamer Kephri, known for his outrageous Widowmaker play, was also supportive, writing that he hopes hero bans happen so people get even angrier when they lose to him on something other than his main.

However, not everyone was in favor. Overwatch League host Soe Gschwind said that she believes the game would need a bunch more heroes to “reap the benefits and strategic depth such a system brings with it.”

Houston Outlaws DPS Jiri ‘LiNkzr’ Masalin had some mixed thoughts too. He claimed that hero bans could be “fatal” to teams with a locked roster. “Imagine swapping in Widow specialist and you just ban Widow,” he joked.

That said, he was ultimately in favor of bans because the game would be more fun.

It will be interesting to see what happens with hero bans, if they are in face implemented and when. Looking back to role lock, it was added to the Overwatch League before it ever came to the live game, so it’s possible for history to repeat itself.

Hero bans would be as massive of a change to the game as both hero limits and role lock were so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how it plays out.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.