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Overwatch player exposes game-breaking win-trading exploit

Published: 12/Mar/2020 16:27

by Michael Gwilliam

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An Overwatch player has sounded the alarm on a massive exploit that could result in many games being ruined by cheaters looking for an easy way to rank up.

In a now-deleted Reddit thread, user qwertyegg posted a video revealing just how easy the exploit was to perform and how it needs to be patched immediately.

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The video in question was uploaded by a player named AstroZander. In the description, he claimed to have created the video with the intention to demonstrate how it works and used his own two accounts to showcase the exploit.

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This exploit can ruin entire matches.

What’s extremely worrying is how easy the exploit is to perform and that it almost guarantees win-trading will be successful.

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Win-trading is when two players attempt to get matched against each other. One of the players then intentionally throws the game in order for the other to rank up and gain SR.

It’s extremely difficult to win in Overwatch when you’re down a player for a match’s duration. As such, having a thrower on the enemy team pretty much guarantees a win.

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As AstroZander showed in the video, you don’t even need another person to assist with making this exploit work. If you have two accounts, you can make it work all by yourself.

“No one else lost SR during the making of this video,” AstroZander wrote as a disclaimer. “I lost 50 by leaving the game early and caused game cancellation.”

He then went on to apologize for wasting the time for everyone who queued up. “Please fix!” he concluded, clearly directing his final words at Blizzard themselves.

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Hopefully the devs iron out a fix quickly.

The post was originally deleted by Overwatch moderators for “a variety of reasons,” but the poster reshared the exploit on OverwatchTMZ – a subreddit all about drama and controversy in the game’s communities.

OverwatchTMZ is known to be frequented by pro players and Blizzard employees themselves so hopefully, the issue is brought to the attention of developers who can fix it before any serious damage is done.

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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.