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Overwatch bug still unfairly punishing players for leaving ‘early’

Published: 11/Jul/2019 7:48 Updated: 11/Jul/2019 8:27

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch bug is still unfairly punishing players for leaving competitive matches “early”, despite the game telling them they can.

When a player leaves a competitive Overwatch game, they are hit with a penalty designed to discourage early leavers. The immediate punishment is an additional SR loss, although frequent leavers can incur greater penalties like cooldowns on returning to competitive play.

Once one player has left a competitive match, however, in most cases the game is effectively over – assuming the matchmaker has done its job in creating a balanced match, it’s almost impossible for a team to win five versus six.

Rather than force players on the shorthanded team to stick around and sink more time into a lost cause, once one player has left a two-minute timer begins, after which other players should be safe to leave the game without incurring the additional penalties for leaving early.

The problem, however, is that this doesn’t seem to actually work – players have long reported that they still get punished for leaving even once the game is telling them it’s safe to do so, and it seems this bug is still occurring.

Blizzard EntertainmentA timer informs players of when they can leave, but some are still getting punished.

Even after the timer has run down, players will still sometimes be hit with an immediate 25 SR penalty, and there’s actually a greater hidden punishment. After their next game, the player will then be hit with another 25 SR penalty to the SR they earn, meaning a very small gain for a win or a very large reduction for a loss.

Overall, the bug amounts to a 50 SR penalty for leaving “early”, despite the game itself telling players that it’s safe to do so without being punished for it. Overwatch player u/Apexe is the latest to document this bug occurring.

This issue is by no means new, with the first reports of it coming over two years ago. It seems, however, that Blizzard have yet to address it.

Until a clear fix actually does arrive – which seems like it could still be some time, as previous efforts to bring the issue to Blizzard’s attention have clearly been unsuccessful – if you care about your competitive rank it’s advisable that you stay until the end of all of your matches, no matter how many of your teammates leave early.


Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
Blizzard Entertainment
Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.