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Overwatch League finally launches in-depth public stats hub

Published: 6/Feb/2020 11:21

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch League has finally launched a public stats system that will allow fans to see how players are performing and which heroes are used the most.

The new stats hub gives fans access to the same tools used during broadcasts and by professional teams, allowing viewers to dive into exactly how well their favorite players and teams are playing in different scenarios.

The system doesn’t just offer basic numbers like eliminations and deaths, but also allows users to go into great detail specifying exactly what they want to know – for instance, how well does a particular team perform in team-fights while using a particular hero? Which player had the most eliminations against Season 2 champions San Francisco Shock? These details can also be directly contrasted against other teams and players

As well as tracking stats for the upcoming season, the system will also have historic data from the first two years, meaning those who wish to look back on how the meta has evolved, or how a player performed in a different team in years past, will be able to find out.

Overwatch League Season 1 grand finals arena
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Fans will be able to check out historical stats from the OWL as well as current ones.

It’s not only fans of the Overwatch League who may find some benefit in the stats hub, however. Those who are looking for an edge in their own competitive matches may be interested in seeing which heroes are used most often and how well they perform on certain maps to get a better sense of the meta from the best players in the world.

A lack of open statistics was one of the major criticisms of the Overwatch League when it launched, with fans unable to see for themselves how each player was performing. This left most viewers having to evaluate teams and players on the eye-test alone, unable to develop or confirm theories based on hard numbers.

These frustrations followed on from broader criticism of Overwatch’s limited in-game statistics. Unlike most competitive titles, the game offers no scoreboard of any kind, with Blizzard arguing that being able to see numbers like kill-death ratio for all players during a match only allows for those underperforming to be singled out.

While it seems unlikely that Blizzard’s philosophy on statistics in the broader game will change at this point, fans of the OWL will at least have a whole new area in which they can develop their understanding of the game.

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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.