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Overwatch is Increasing Their ‘Avoid as Teammate’ Limit

Published: 1/Sep/2018 20:50 Updated: 1/Sep/2018 21:15

by Vincent Genova

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Users will be able to avoid more players as teammates for the 12th Competitive season of Overwatch.

The ‘Avoid as Teammate’ feature will be expanded to three players, effective immediately.

‘Avoid as Teammate’ is a way for players to self-police their teammates when no serious offense was committed.

If a user did not like playing with someone, for whatever reason, they could simply hit the ‘Avoid as Teammate’ button on that player and they would not be matchmade on the same team for a week.

Overwatch was initially hesitant due to how the feature could impact queue times, so the new action launched with only one available ‘Avoid as Teammate’ slot.

After initial success in the PTR and no negative impact on matchmaking times, the feature was expanded to include two players in April.

Now, ‘Avoid as Teammate’ is expanding once more to include three players at once.

Players on your ‘Avoid as Teammate’ list can still appear on the enemy team and are only removed from matching up with you for seven days.

After seven days are up, you can add the player back to your list or replace them.

No disciplinary actions are taken when using the ‘Avoid as Teammate’ feature, so actual abusive behavior should still be reported.

Source: Blizzard

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.