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Overwatch devs reveal more Junkrat changes coming soon

Published: 9/Jun/2020 0:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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More Junkrat buffs will be coming to Overwatch shortly, giving even more punch to the explosive hero’s powerful kit.

The May 19 Overwatch update saw plenty of buffs come Junkrat’s way, including giving his projectiles more velocity, reducing the exploding time on his Total Mayhem passive while increasing the spread of the grenades and making his Concussion Mine quicker.

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The latter change was actually quite controversial: As Dexerto previously reported, Cloud 9 Twitch streamer Jamison ‘PVPX’ Moore made a whole video explaining how the Concussion Mine’s speed was actually a nerf.

As it turned out, the speed in which it is tossed ended up being too fast and as a result, players couldn’t side mine (throwing mine behind you and booping yourself forward) or double mine – something integral to Junkrat’s mobility.

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“The only way you can get it to work is if you go in the air, pause and then do it again,” the streamer explained. “But that pause is an extremely bad nerf to Junkrat. It doesn’t make the change worth it. On top of that, you can’t do a side jump in the air which hinders his mobility a lot. It’s a nerf.”

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Junkrat’s “buffs” ended up being more of a nerf.

Now, however, the devs have noticed and are taking steps to ensure that Junkrat not only keeps his buffs, but can once again side and double jump consistently.

In a post on the official Overwatch forums, Developer Josh Noh responded to a post that cited PVPX’s reasoning behind why Junkrat’s mine “buff” was actually a nerf.

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“We’re currently looking at lowering the minimum activation time between when you throw the Concussion Mine and how soon you can detonate it to help bring back the way some players double mine or side jump,” he wrote.

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Josh Noh confirmed more changes are in the works for Junkrat.

This is good news for all the Junkrat players who had their muscle memory affected during the recent changes, and they should be able to utilize Junkrat’s mobility again soon.

Noh didn’t say when the changes would be going live but there’s a possibility they could be packaged in with the Experimental Card changes tested on June 2 of which it seems like the Genji buffs will go through while Moira’s tweaks may be put on hold.

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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.