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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.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.