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Overwatch community outraged over “unenjoyable” unified Hero Pool bans

Published: 13/Apr/2020 17:43 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 17:44

by Michael Gwilliam


The new batch of Overwatch Hero Pools were decided following the conclusion of OWL matches on April 12, and have caused controversy amongst fans.

While the previous format had two different pools: one for pro and another for ladder, the new unified pools are decided entirely off high-level ranked play.

Even though in theory it’s good that pools are the same on all levels, from Competitive play to Contenders to Overwatch League, the metas that form in organized play may differ from ladder.

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Brigitte will be banned starting April 13.

Over on Reddit, user Xzinonn took issue with the fact that Mei wasn’t eligible to be banned despite having a high pick rate in pro play.

“This system is actually horrid, picks being influenced off of the ranked hero rates,” they wrote. “People play what they find FUN there, not always what is meta.”

When Hero Pools were first announced, Game Director Jeff Kaplan stressed that their goal was to shake up the meta, though it really only develops in organized environments.

Caster Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson made a similar observation during a Twitch stream. “You know what the worst part of this system is? People play in ranked what they think is fun, not just what they think is good.”

“So, the more fun a hero is, the more likely it is to be played in ranked, the more likely it is to be banned,” he laughed.

Another Reddit post, this time by rydarus, echoed the statements about Mei not being eligible. Titled “Hero Pools based off of ranked stats will only create unenjoyable metas. They have to go,” the user claimed it was “absolutely criminal” for Mei to not be eligible for a ban while Genji and Ashe were.

One possible system that Blizzard could implement would be to have Overwatch League pick rates impact Hero Pools for Grand Master games while ranks below GM would have a different set of pools.

The system is still new and has some ironing out to do, so hopefully a good compromise is made before the season ends.

The next batch of Hero Pools go live April 13 and will see Reinhardt, Brigitte, Widowmaker, and McCree removed from rotation.


Terrifying Hanzo skin concept transforms Overwatch’s favorite archer

Published: 3/Dec/2020 15:49

by Lauren Bergin


Most Overwatch players will admit that they barely ever play a game without either Hanzo or Genji making an appearance. This new skin idea, however, makes Hanzo even more terrifying. 

Of all the phrases players don’t want to hear in Overwatch, Hanzo’s “ryuuga wagateki wo kurau!” has to be the most hated. It’s literally panic incarnated, especially as you and your team scramble to escape from the jaws of the oncoming dragons and, by doing so, make yourselves easy pickings for the other enemy players.

Love him or hate him, however, Hanzo has become one of Overwatch’s most iconic characters, and his brother Genji is hot on his heels as another fan favorite. Both have been transferred into Blizzard’s MOBA Heroes of the Storm due to their popularity, and feature in several of the game’s animated stories.

Hanzo’s recent Halloween skin mades him even more terrifying, but one fan has went a step further to create a skin for the archer that represents exactly what his enemies see him as: Satan himself.

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Hanzo’s Legendary Dai-Tengu skin is certainly spooky, but this concept even creepier.

A cool concept from Overwatch player luke2377 sees Hanzo recreated as a devilish version of himself, and it’s something that really would strike fear into the hearts of the enemy team.

Pictured with bright red skin, dark eyes and protruding horns that you can almost imagine animated to glow with smoking embers, the archer is both recognisable yet entirely different.

Luke should be commended for ensuring that the skin is true to form and doesn’t lose all of the characteristics that make Hanzo so unique.

Devil Hanzo Skin Concept by me! from r/Overwatch

Overwatch fans react

The comment section has some pretty hilarious quips from various fans scattered throughout, but ultimately r/Overwatch has given luke2377’s skin an overwhelming thumbs up.

One fan expressed more than just approval; they admitted that they ‘love it’. No doubt this was music to the artist’s ears, because you don’t get much higher praise than that! A second comment suggest that Blizzard actually replace the recent Halloween skin with this one next spooky season.

One final comment literally summed up the thoughts of Overwatch fans everywhere (except for Hanzo players of course): ‘Hanzo doesn’t need a skin to be the devil’.

So is this Hanzo skin better than Blizzard’s own design? Reddit certainly seems to think so, and the amount of detail that the artist has put into creating the skin certainly makes it a viable alternative.

We’ll see what happens next Halloween, but until then keep ducking and diving because there’s a Hanzo somewhere ready to land that headshot.