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Overwatch player calculates how much money D.Va wastes on mechs

Published: 19/Apr/2020 18:48

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch’s off-tank mech pilot hero D.Va has one of the most explosive Ultimates in the game, and as it turns out, she could be costing South Korean taxpayers billions of dollars every time she finds herself on-foot.

Anyone who has played Overwatch knows that D.Va’s mech comes equipped with state-of-the-art weaponry and defensive capabilities with boosters, Micro Missiles, armor plating, the life-saving Defense Matrix, and the ability to blow itself up.


This certainly isn’t cheap either, so Redditor ‘Tog5’ decided to do some math to determine just how much a single mech costs in today’s dollars and let’s just say, taxpayer watchdog groups would be foaming at the mouth at these numbers.

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Baby D.Va is already a handful without her mech.

According to Tog5, assuming each mech was made out of titanium, it would cost $1,483,796,200 in US money.


They reached this conclusion by “adding the cost of a military-grade supercomputer, 2 flight control grips, 2 Thrusters used for rockets…, 18 tomahawk missiles, 6 machine guns, 300 pounds of titanium, and 1 billion more for the tech that would be needed for the Defense Matrix,” the user explained.

The Redditor also factored in teleporting the new mechanism in and the man hours required for that before multiplying the total by eight as that’s the number of average Mech deaths per game to arrive at a whopping $11,870,369,600 per match.

I just did the math and D.Va is wasting billions of dollars in taxpayer’s money from Overwatch

In the end, those numbers are just for D.Va in one team. In a game with two, that number would be doubled.


“I have no idea how the mechs got through any layer of government let alone actually get made without people realizing how screwed the average taxpayer is with these being rolled out,” Tog5 went on to say, but did offer a suggestion to the rest of the Overwatch subreddit.

“The only solution to this is to stop letting D.Va go on Overwatch missions and focus solely on fighting that big Omnic,” they concluded.

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D.va’s mechs cost a fortune.

That was a reference to a monster in Overwatch lore that attacked Asian countries, eventually resulting in the creation of MEKA.


With Overwatch 2 in development hopefully the developers at Blizzard can find a way to make D.Va’s mechs more affordable without sacrificing their capabilities.


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.