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Overwatch May 4 hero pool bans Reaper and others from rotation

Published: 4/May/2020 2:47

by Andrew Amos

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The new Overwatch Hero Pools system implemented 10 weeks after its inception has taken Reinhardt, Brigitte, Ashe, and Reaper out of rotation. However, regular players need not worry, as these bans will only affect pro play.

Overwatch’s hero pools have undergone a huge makeover in the last week. With a new data set focusing on pro play, and changes to who is affected by the bans, the controversial system has been changed for the better in the eyes of most.

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However, for those pros at the top, they’ll still lose access to some of their favorite heroes. This week, it’s Reinhardt, Brigitte, Ashe, and Reaper on the chopping block.

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No fancy graphic this week, but the core message is the same. Ashe, Reaper, Reinhardt, and Brigitte will be unavailable for play starting May 4.

Reinhardt was the second most prevalent tank in the Overwatch League in the last two weeks, garnering a 43.2% pick rate. He was also the most picked main tank in Wrecking Ball’s absence, and teams will need to adapt to not have the walking shield in their stride.

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Brigitte’s removal from the hero pool will spark joy for some Overwatch fans. The controversial support was the number one pick, and her removal will free up some dive comps to make their entrance.

Ashe might be out of the pool, but Echo mains can’t rest easy. McCree and Widowmaker are back, and they’ll be able to pluck Overwatch’s new DPS hero out of the sky with ease.

Finally, one half of the deadly Mei-Reaper combo has been removed. While it’s not the half most were hoping for ⁠— with Mei somehow escaping Overwatch jail yet again ⁠— but it’s still welcomed.

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Overwatch’s hero pools will look vastly different after this week, however. Blizzard announced a host of changes to improve the system on May 1, including how bans are drawn and what ranks are affected.

Hero Pools will now be influenced by Overwatch League statistics only. This will continue until the end of the season, when it’ll swap back to high-level ranked statistics.

The pool will also affect players in Master or Grandmaster-level games. Players below 3500 SR will no longer need to worry about their favorite heroes getting banned as a result of these changes.

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However, this hero pool will not be in effect for ranked play this week, with the feature being disabled until Patch 1.49 is shipped.

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Brigitte was the most popular support in Weeks 12 and 13 of the Overwatch League.

So, unless you’re an Overwatch League or Contenders pro, you won’t need to worry about these changes.

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Better yet, these heroes will be immune come next week once hero pools are reactivated, so you’ll be able to enjoy them for longer.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.