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Overwatch players react to new placement matches SR reset

Published: 1/Jul/2020 0:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch shocked players on June 30 by introducing a bit of a skill rating reset, which will be in effect for Season 23.

The changes, which will only affect very skilled players, will cap the maximum SR one receives after doing their five placement matches at 3900.

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Additionally, as players compete in more games throughout the season, their SR will gradually rise to a level that reflects their actual skill.

In the official patch notes, Blizzard wrote that these changes are “intended to address many of the issues that SR Decay tried to fix, but in a more positive manner that rewards staying active and playing more games instead of penalizing players for not playing enough.”

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The announcement has been met with a lot of praise from high-level players such as Canadian DPS Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts who called it the “closest thing to an SR reset.”

Florida Mayhem streamer Sam ‘Samito’ Dawahare echoed Surefour’s remarks, calling it a soft MMR reset.

Valiant DPS player Kyle ‘KSF’ Frandanisa seemed overjoyed by the changes, claiming it was what he wanted for the past fifteen seasons.

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Elsewhere, Junkrat streamer for Cloud 9 Jamison ‘PVPX’ Moore posted a screenshot of a Discord server where he urged the devs to consider changes and implement an MMR reset.

“This is what I had to say a few days ago.. hopefully it led to this change,” he captioned the screenshot.

In it, PVPX called the introduction of Brigitte a major reason he would like to see a soft MMR reset and give people at high ranks something to strive for again.

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Combined with the recent nerfs to Brigitte and the addition of a new Competitive Open Queue, Overwatch’s 23rd season could be one of its best yet.

Players won’t have to wait long to try it all out either, as Season 23 kicks off on July 2.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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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.