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Overwatch League Analyst Reinforce Produces Tips for Shotcalling and Countering Ultimates

Published: 31/Aug/2018 17:15 Updated: 31/Aug/2018 17:16

by Joe O'Brien

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Johnathon ‘Reinforce’ Larsson has produced a document outlining Overwatch theory for shot-calling and countering enemy ultimates.

As well as being a desk analyst for the Overwatch League, Reinforce has competed at the highest level, having been a part of the Rogue line-up that was at times considered the best in the world in the pre-OWL era.

Right now, he’s also stepping back into a competitive role, as the main tank for Team Sweden in the Overwatch World Cup. Reinforce will make his official return to competition at the Bangkok Qualifier, September 14-16.

During a recent stream, Reinforce spent some time going over the theoretical side of competitive Overwatch, discussing strategy, decision-making and ultimate economy.

While Overwatch offers the chance for players with immense mechanical skill to shine, it’s incredibly hard for raw skill to overcome a team with superior strategy, so for anyone looking to improve at the game these concepts are absolutely key.

Fortunately for aspiring Overwatch players, Reinforce helpfully noted down a lot of the theory into a document outlining some fundamental principles. While ideas on theory are always debatable, the document is a fantastic starting point for players looking to expand their theoretical knowledge, courtesy of one of the game’s top minds.

The full document can be read here, and an excerpt seen below.

https://twitter.com/Reinforce/status/1035433236422320129

It’s been a fruitful few days for aspiring Overwatch players. As well as these tips from Reinforce, Dallas Fuel head coach Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins also outlined some thoughts on how players can improve, while Philadelphia Fusion support Alberto ‘neptuNo’ González offered some insight for those looking to improve their Mercy play.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.