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Overwatch competitive season date change could hint at role queue release

Published: 17/Jul/2019 12:25 Updated: 17/Jul/2019 12:43

by Joe O'Brien


A sudden change to the dates for Overwatch Competitive Season 17 has players speculating about the introduction of a role queue in the near future.

With the Overwatch League now looking almost certain to introduce a role lock for Stage 4 and beyond, players have been speculating that a role queue system could also be on its way for the broader game, and a sudden change to the Competitive season dates could hint at a timeframe for the feature’s release.

On July 16, players noticed that the in-game counter to the end of Competitive Season 17 had dropped significantly, showing that the season is now apparently due to end in just 27 days’ time.

u/ZedriodorThe in-game counter now shows the season ending much sooner than expected.

The change appears to take weeks off the anticipated duration of Season 17, which was originally expected to finish at the end of August. Instead, it now appears set to end weeks earlier around August 12. 

With the season having begun on June 30, assuming the in-game counter is accurate and the change isn’t a bug, Season 17 is set to be significantly shorter than the typical two months for most competitive seasons.

Many fans have taken the sudden change as an indication that Blizzard could be planning to implement a role queue for the next competitive season, and have adjusted the current season’s dates to line up with when the feature is due to go live.

What is role queue?

A role queue would allow players to queue up to specifically play as a Tank, Support, or DPS, and then lock them into that role for the duration of the game. It would also mean players could have a separate ranking for each role, so it would make sense that if Blizzard are going to implement such a change that it would need to start with a new competitive season.

If a role queue is indeed to be added in time for competitive season 18, however, Blizzard will likely need to announce the feature fairly soon, as something as big as a role queue system will almost certainly need to spend several weeks in testing on the Overwatch PTR before hitting the live servers.

Blizzard have yet to even officially confirm that the Overwatch League will be implementing a role lock, however, so it very much remains to be seen whether a role queue could be appearing in-game so soon.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.