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Overwatch introduces huge update for Hero Pools

Published: 2/May/2020 0:11

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch developers announced massive changes coming to the game’s Hero Pool system that will drastically affect how the feature works for players.

The Hero Pool system was first introduced in January 2020 for Competitive play, and it’s become a controversial topic among fans. Some don’t mind it, but others hate the system and feel it puts unnecessary restrictions on how to play the game.

Now, Overwatch Developer Scott Mercer has announced a massive change coming soon that will limit Hero Pools to only Masters and Grandmasters players.

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Players below Masters level in Comp won’t have to worry about Hero Pools once devs make the change.

Mercer explained that developers were doing away with hero pools for all but the top two ranks, because lower tiers usually see a greater variety of heroes, anyway.

“Competitive Play at lower skill tiers already sees a tremendous amount of hero composition diversity in their matches,” Mercer said. “And we don’t think they need a system like Hero Pools to encourage even more.”

A full patch will be required to make these changes, but in the meantime, Mercer revealed that devs would just be temporarily disabling Hero Pools starting on Monday, May 4, until patch 1.48 arrives with the update.

While plenty of people are welcoming the changes, others are concerned that it could lead to an increase in surfing, or players intentionally tanking games to get down to a lower competitive rank.

Before, this was done just to be able to flex on players who you wouldn’t normally be queued with based on skill level – but now, it would be a way for Masters and GM players to “escape” from hero pools.

Hero Pool eligibility will also be exclusively based on OWL pick rates starting this weekend, no longer taking high-level competitive play into consideration.

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Some in the Overwatch community have been asking for Hero Pool changes for awhile, and Blizzard seems to have delivered.

After a tough week for Overwatch, with some of the most high profile players jumping ship, the changes to Hero Pools are good news for players who want to stick with the game.


Amazing Overwatch x Marvel crossover skin idea turns Genji into Iron Man

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:09

by Michael Gwilliam


An Instagram artist has created what could be one of the best Overwatch skin ideas to date, combining the cyborg ninja Genji with Marvel’s Iron Man and the result is incredible.

Unlike games such as Fortnite, Overwatch hasn’t gone out of its way to pursue crossovers with large companies, meaning we haven’t gotten Marvel, DC or Star Wars inspired skins in the Overwatch universe.

However, if Blizzard ever decides to change that, Genji could be an amazing candidate to get his model reworked a touch to add in that Iron Man and bosslogic shows exactly why.

His incredible crossover takes Genji’s iconic look and mashes it over Iron Man’s armor making for a perfect combination.

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Genji as Iron Man? It actually works quite well.

The helmet maintains the style of the Shimada’s, but the coloring and lighting coming from the visor is uniquely Iron Man with the red and gold matching up nicely.

Genji’s robotic body also contrasts with the Iron Man suit, with a nice “Stark Industries” logo right in the center just for good measure. Seeing Genji double jump and Swift Strike with this skin would look great, especially with all the lights illuminating from the suit in the process.

After the skin was posted to Reddit, users starting coming up with their own Marvel-Overwatch crossovers they want to see, if the two companies ever decided to work together.

“Honestly I would give Pharah a Falcon skin and Rein a Hulkbuster armor skin. Man that’d be awesome,” one wrote.

Others suggested Tracer as Black Widow, Doomfist as Thanos, Hanzo-Hawkeye and Soldier 76 with a Captain American skin.

Hopefully, by the time Overwatch 2 releases, Blizzard can find a way to work with Marvel so these skin ideas become realities. It seems like fans would really enjoy them and they’d be a good way to market both properties.

That said, with rumors swirling that the sequel is being delayed, it could give Blizzard the time they need to secure a deal and give fans what they want skin-wise.