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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.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.