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Overwatch League teams to play less games as Season Two details are officially announced

Published: 10/Oct/2018 16:23 Updated: 10/Oct/2018 16:24

by Joe O'Brien

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The format and schedule details for the Overwatch League have been officially announced.

Information was previously leaked after the Chinese Overwatch League published details early, but a post on the English site now confirms some of the format changes and expands on certain aspects.

As previously seen, the post confirms that the second season of the Overwatch League will kick off on February 14, 2019. It remains to be seen whether pre-season show matches will take place beforehand, as occurred ahead of the first season.

One of the biggest changes being made to the format is that teams will only play 28 matches across the regular season, a significant reduction from the 40 that each team completed in Season One. This is one of several changes addressing the burn-out that many players struggled with over an incredibly intensive first season.

Those 28 matches will still be played across four stages, each of which will last five weeks. Teams will play seven matches per stage, and each week they might have zero, one, or two matches. In addition, the time between stages will be extended, so players should get a proper break within the season.

Stage playoffs have also been adjusted. For Season Two, stage playoffs will take place at the end of Stages 1, 2, and 3, and will feature eight teams. The top team in each division will claim the top two seeds, and the playoff will be rounded out by the next six teams in the stage rankings.

With the league expanding, so too are the end-of-season playoffs. Eight teams will also compete there, of which the top six will be determined in the same manner as Season One – the top two teams from each division, followed by the next four teams in the overall rankings. The final two spots will be determined by a wildcard play-in tournament following Stage 4.

The final announcement is that the All-Stars event, which this year took place at the end of Season One, will instead be moved to between Stage 2 and Stage 3 for Season Two. The gap between these two stages will also be longer to accommodate the event.

Exact details for the season, such as the precise schedule of matches, have yet to be announced. They are expected in the coming months, along with branding and roster announcements for the eight new teams joining the league for Season Two.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.