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Overwatch players furious as week two of hero pools bans two supports

Published: 12/Mar/2020 21:02

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players were thrilled to see that the Archives event had returned alongside some new skins, but couldn’t believe their eyes after discovering which heroes had been banned as part of week two of hero pools.

Hero pools were first introduced on March 5 with the start of Season 21 of Competitive play. The Overwatch League adopted hero pools as well, under the policy that one support, one tank and two damage heroes would be banned every week.

While the first week of pools saw two DPS heroes banned, many assumed this trend would continue, although players were shocked to see that two supports wouldn’t be allowed to get playtime for week two.

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Reaper, Reinhardt, Moira and Ana are out of rotation.

As part of the week’s bans, Reinhardt, Reaper, Ana and Moira have been confirmed to be out of circulation – sparking a strong reaction from members of the game’s community.

“I’m pissed. I JUST started getting good at Ana again,” wrote streamer TheKristenRae, while Ana legend ML7 added: “I understand ban one support, but ANA AND MOIRA?”

With two support heroes and Reinhardt out of the picture, it will be interesting to see how team comps are formed and if this brings dive back to the forefront of ranked play.

While some thought the decision to ban two supports was done in error, it does line up with Game Director Jeff Kaplan’s comments when hero pools were first announced.

“For the first 5 weeks, we will be trying a range to see what feel right. We’ve architected this system so that we can update the hero pools without the need to patch,” he said back on January 30.

“So we’ll be monitoring feedback very closely, experimenting a bit with the pool and adapting our strategy as time goes on.”

While it’s never stated that hero pools would always have two DPS, many believed it was implied because of how Overwatch League explicitly bans two DPS heroes at a time. Additionally, the first week of pools saw two DPS heroes banned.

Hopefully, players find something to like about the new bans. That said, if their main is banned, at least the pools will switch up the following week.


Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”