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Overwatch fan creates perfect Lucio practice mode with new Workshop map

Published: 7/Feb/2020 16:30

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created a game mode with the new Workshop features that allows players to practice and improve their Lúcio mechanics.

The big news of the latest update to the Public Test Realm (PTR) was of course the introduction of the controversial hero pools, but also included in the patch were some new features for creators in the Workshop.

The Workshop already gave players a huge amount of control when creating custom games, but the new updates aimed to address some of the more significant shortcomings of the existing system.

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Mastering Lúcio’s movement is key to improving with the hero.

One of the major troubles players had previously was with creating appropriate gameplay spaces for modes that weren’t designed to fit in the traditional maps. Creators would often have to resort to finding a location on a map that most closely approximated what they were looking for, and cordoning it off for their mode.

To give Workshop creators more options, Blizzard added three new maps that are specifically designed for the Workshop, opening up spaces that wouldn’t otherwise be available such as the massive ‘Expanse’ map.

Now, Workshop creator TentraTint has used the new ‘Island’ map, along with some of the new subroutine features, to create the perfect Lúcio practice mode. In ‘Lúcio Boop Battle’ players must wall-ride around the island without going up onto the platform, all while navigating obstacles, utilizing jump pads, and of course trying to knock opponents off.

Lucio Boop Battle V1.0 Code in Description from r/Overwatch

With the new Workshop features currently only available on the PTR, this mode only be accessed by PC players right now, using the import code V1S59.

Movement is critical to a Lúcio’s success, with great Lúcio players able to balance staying out of danger with diving in for speed boosts, healing and knockbacks to have the maximum impact. Mastering both his wall-riding and the use of his key abilities while doing so are crucial for those looking to improve with the hero, and this mode should help aspiring Lúcio players to do so.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.