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Overwatch devs “considering” massive Competitive play overhaul

Published: 7/May/2020 6:50

by Brad Norton

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Overwatch could be in store for a major competitive shakeup as Blizzard is reportedly looking into the option of making Competitive Open Queue a primary mode.

Blizzard added Competitive Open Queue as an Arcade mode in the April 14 Overwatch update, alongside the latest hero in Echo. This mode allowed players to venture back to an earlier state where the 2-2-2 system wasn’t in place.

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After a few weeks in the Arcade section – having emerged as a clear fan-favorite across all regions and platforms – the mode could soon be implemented as a new form of proper Competitive play.

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An overview of the recent Competitive Open Queue Arcade mode.

The current version of the Competitive ladder limits team compositions to two heroes in each role. However, the old form of competition without these limits may soon be making a far bigger splash.

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Blizzard is looking into the idea of adding Competitive Open Queue “into the regular Competitive play,” according to Overwatch insider OverwatchNaeri.

This would bring the mode out of Arcade and turn it into a mainstay feature, rather than a rotating playlist.

Competitive Open Queue may not outright replace the current form of Competitive play with the 2-2-2 role lock system. Though it could soon appear alongside the standard mode in the main menu.

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Overwatch developers are currently weighing the options. It appears as though “there may be two versions of Competitive Play if it passes.”

The original Competitive format paved the way for controversial compositions like GOATS. Players could soon have the option to queue for legitimate competitive games under the old, non-role locked format.

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Would you choose to grind the standard Competitive mode or the Open Queue playlist?

If the transition from an Arcade mode to a fully-fledged competitive playlist does go through, this would provide a full ranked experience. Seasonal points would be up for grabs as players compete in all manner of ranks from Bronze to Top 500.

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Only time will tell if Blizzard does move forward with these plans. Such a major decision would certainly shake up the future of competitive Overwatch.

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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.