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Overwatch League reveals when teams will move to home cities

Published: 15/Mar/2019 18:17 Updated: 15/Mar/2019 18:33

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch League commissioner Nate Nanzer confirmed that teams would begin holding matches in their home cities starting in 2020.

One of the main goals of OWL is to have teams play in front of their home fans, instead of having all the games happen in Burbank, as they do now.

On Friday, March 15, Nanzer tweeted that teams would begin to play from their home cities starting with Season 3 in 2020.

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Nanzer’s tweet gave almost no details on how the arrangement would work, or any information on a schedule, he only confirmed that starting in 2020, “teams will be playing in their home cities.”

This could mean a setup where each team will host an event in their respective city where multiple matches will be played, similar to how Blizzard Arena is used now; or one similar to traditional major sports leagues like the NFL or NBA where teams travel to each others venues to play every week.

The second option would obviously require a huge amount of travel from teams, and questions about travel cost and how teams will handle player welfare during the season are already starting to pop up.

https://twitter.com/natenanzer/status/1106603297287344129

ESPN esports report Jacob Wolf said teams would be in charge of the venues, ticket sales, and will also be responsible for paying for both.

A required capacity for each of the venues still has to be announced, Wolf said, and all broadcasts will still be handled by the League itself.

https://twitter.com/JacobWolf/status/1106607006247350272

Whatever ends up happening with how matches and travel is scheduled, it will be interesting to see what venues teams end up playing in for Season 3 of the Overwatch League.

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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.