All Overwatch heroes get the D.Va treatment in Mech Wars Workshop mode - Dexerto

All Overwatch heroes get the D.Va treatment in Mech Wars Workshop mode

Published: 30/May/2019 14:14 Updated: 30/May/2019 15:15

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has created a “Mech Wars” game mode in the Workshop that gives every player D.Va’s “de-meched” mechanic.

The Workshop opens up a whole new realm of custom game modes, with players now having the ability to alter the fundamental rules of Overwatch to develop modes that would never have been possible in the standard custom game creator.


Prolific Workshop creator Darwin has now created a Workshop mode in which every character gets to experience the “second chance” that D.Va has after her mech is destroyed.

The mode was inspired by a suggestion from Houston Outlaws player Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon, and now one of the Workshop’s most accomplished creators has obliged with a working game mode.


In Mech Wars, every single hero gets the “de-meched” mechanic that D.Va has. Players start as their hero of choice, but when they get knocked down to 1hp they’re thrown into the air as Tracer, acting in place of the “baby D.Va”, and can fight to reclaim their original character by generating ultimate charge.

While acting as the “baby D.Va”, Tracer doesn’t have access to her abilities, in the same way that D.Va herself must rely only on her weapon to fill her ultimate meter and reclaim her mech.

Those that wish to try out this mode can do so with share code 9VP1P.


Mech Wars – get “demeched” as any hero [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

Darwin is also responsible for a variety of other popular workshop modes, including practice modes for Ana and Reinhardt, as well as fun modes like D.Va racing and Overwatch Pictionary.

Now that the Workshop is available on the live servers, players on all platforms can experience these modes by importing them, or try their hand at creating their own unique modes.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch Workshop have proven immensely popular with players.

The Workshop isn’t the only major new feature to have arrived in Overwatch recently, with Blizzard also unveiling the Replays system, which is currently in testing on the Public Test Realm. Jeff Kaplan has also hinted at changes coming to the standard, predictable summer content schedule.


With such a massive influx of major new features and perhaps other new content, there’s never been a more exciting time for Overwatch players.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.