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Overwatch Players Can Now Vote for Their World Cup National Committee Members

Published: 2/May/2018 4:56 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 16:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch players in a country that’s qualified for the World Cup 2018 can now vote for their choice of national team coach and community lead.

The Overwatch World Cup will see 24 national teams face off against one another, which the tournament culminating at Blizzcon 2018 in November. Those teams have recently been announced and divided up for the group stage.

With Overwatch naturally not usually operating on a strictly national level, with teams instead often featuring players from a variety of countries and no permanent official “national” squads, each competing country will need to build a squad for this year’s competition.

In each qualifying country, a committee of three members will be put together to build, train, and manage the team – a General Manager, a Coach, and a Community Lead. The General Manager for each country will be selected by Blizzard, but Overwatch players will get to have a say in who represents their country in the other two roles.

Selection for each position will take place in two phases. For the Coach, anyone whose account is in good standing may apply for the position, and they will then be given a link to share through which players ranked in the top 150 for their country may endorse them.

At the end of Phase One, the top three candidates will be revealed and top-150 players will be able to vote on their choice for coach.

For the community lead a similar process will occur, except in this case any player from their country, regardless of rank, will be able to vote for their choice in both phases. Phase two for the Community Lead will include the top 10 candidates.

The full National Competition Committee for every competing country will be revealed on May 31st. Those that wish to represent their country as the Coach or Community Lead have until May 14th to submit an application.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.