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Overwatch developer discusses hero bans with Reinforce

Published: 6/Dec/2018 23:26 Updated: 6/Dec/2018 23:47

by Bill Cooney


While Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson was streaming from Blizzard HQ on December 6, he got the chance to talk to Overwatch’s lead designer Geoff Goodman and the conversation eventually led into a discussion about hero bans in the game.

Hero banning is a popular mechanic in many MOBA’s that allows teams to choose a hero the other team isn’t able to select to play in that match.


There’s been discussion pretty much since the game came out about a map or hero ban system for competitive Overwatch, and it’s something Goodman said the team discussed before the game even came out.

Goodman explained that at this point, a hero ban wouldn’t work in Overwatch in part because of the small size of the hero pool compared to other MOBAs out there.


“We’ve had a lot of discussions on this, as early as before we even shipped we talked about this kind of stuff,” Goodman explained to viewers. “There’s still maybe potential for it, but it wouldn’t be for a while if we did it, we would need a much deeper hero pool, otherwise it doesn’t really make sense.”

“There’s definitely the argument that the meta gets mixed up more, which isn’t necissarily true, especially only having 30 heroes,” Goodman told Reinforce on stream. “If you pick a meta comp that has like one specific counter, and you ban that counter, you’ve basically solidified that meta now.”

So, it looks like Overwatch fans shouldn’t be holding their breath for hero or map bans anytime soon.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.