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Overwatch devs share new Moira rework plan after scrapped buff

Published: 31/Jul/2020 12:59

by Connor Bennett

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Overwatch developers have shared some of their plans for Moira’s future rework following the recent experimental card showcase. 

As Overwatch characters go through different changes, fans of the Blizzard’s title get to try different things out through testing – typically through the public test realm. 

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These can be buff, nerfs, reworks, or even full-blown new characters and it lets the community have some input on what the devs have lined up. Recently, Moira had been lined up for a rework but the devs confirmed that they had scrapped those specific plans following community backlash.

However, they are still planning to make some changes to the healer but in a different way.

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Moira’s recent rework was binned by the devs.

Responding to fan questions in an AMA on July 30, lead designer for Overwatch Geoff Goodman revealed a bit of insight into their plans around Moira’s Fade.

The dev noted that Fade “works very similar to Wraithform,” but it is “much more of a mobility skill than Wraithform,” so its something that is being probed. 

“This is something we’re looking at right now actually, as part of the Moira Experimental v2 changes that will be coming somewhat soon,” he commented.” What we’re currently testing is allowing Wraithform/Fade to be used while in those abilities (Sigma’s ult too), but not let you get free of the effect. This means you can hit these abilities to get the immunity effect but you can’t run away. We’ll see how that feels when it hits the experimental card.”

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Goodman expanded on his lengthy answer when pushed for a further explanation about the changes, and pointed out that the recent experiment was “fun” but far too good as a counter. 

“We’re going to try a version where she can still phase out her allies, but she doesn’t remove debuffs (like Ana nade) and it won’t break people out of these ults,” he added.

The dev, himself, quizzed if this change could be a touch too powerful, but it’ll be a case of wait and see for everybody involved.

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When these changes will hit the Experimental Card, is also a case of wait and see, as Goodman only said that they’re coming “somewhat soon.”

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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.