Overwatch players are convinced something big is coming for Widowmaker and Ilios - Dexerto
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Overwatch players are convinced something big is coming for Widowmaker and Ilios

Published: 24/Oct/2018 16:46 Updated: 24/Oct/2018 17:46

by Bill Cooney

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BlizzCon is right around the corner and Overwatch fans know something big is coming, and one of the possibilities being floated around Reddit right now is the theory that there will be a cinematic short featuring Widowmaker on Ilios.

The two main pieces of evidence, according to Reddit user Karahe, are Widowmaker’s white sunglasses from her Cote D’Azur skin resting on a table in the Ilios Lighthouse stage, and a new voice line added with the recent Halloween Terror patch.

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The sunglasses are not new, they were discovered over a year ago just after the 2017 Summer Games update but seem to have been forgotten about in the time since.

The new Widowmaker voice line was added more recently, during the Halloween update, and has widow reminiscing about an eventful vacation she took to Ilios in the past.

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This would fit with the theory that there’s a cinematic short on the way since Widowmaker has another voice line on King’s Row, where the “Alive” cinematic takes place.

Karahe goes into some pretty detailed speculation in his posts, they even translate the Greek newspapers on Ilios, but whatever is coming, if anything at all, remains a mystery.

Developer Update, we know there won’t be a new map revealed this year.

Overwatch has been known to tease new heroes, game modes and maps with in-game clues, so fans will have to wait and see whether or not this Widowmaker theory will pan out or just be a wild goose chase.

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Seagull explains why Overwatch is the “best it’s ever been”

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned has been playing a lot more Overwatch than usual because he believes the game is in the best state it’s ever been.

In a new YouTube video, the former Overwatch League pro delved into why he believes the 2016 title is in such a fantastic state.

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“In previous patches or metas or historically with Overwatch, it’s pretty common to go through a long queue time, you load up the game, you hit tab and you take a quick look at your team comp,” the streamer said, describing how a typical match begins.

According to Seagull, in the past, having a team comp that didn’t follow the meta such as running double shield or Brigitte would be an instant loss. However, in the current patch, it’s completely different: “It’s one of the most balanced patches in Overwatch history.”

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Larned continued to state that most team comps on the ladder are very map-specific, giving the game a huge sense of variety. The 28-year-old said he’s seen every combo of supports and tanks with everything be viable in some capacity.

Another big benefit is how there’s no hero who is so strong that teams have no choice but to run them if they want to win. While there are some characters who will always be niche such as Bastion, Seagull has seen most heroes getting playtime.

He believes this is all due to the experimental card, implementing two patches per month as opposed to one, and not being afraid to nerf heroes.

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Brigitte runs into battle on Route 66
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Teams no longer have to run Brigitte to win.

 

“They cannot be afraid to nerf characters in the future, especially as Overwatch 2 will more than likely launch with a tonne of new characters that will probably be totally crazy,” he added. “Even though we’re going to be bored until Overwatch 2 comes out, at least we aren’t shooting at shields literally all day.”

So far, Blizzard has yet to announce a release date for Overwatch 2, but some new leaks have suggested that we could be getting the sequel as soon as February 2021.

Only time will tell if Blizzard can continue to keep the game balanced leading up to and beyond the next installment’s release.

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