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Overwatch players relieved as week 3 of hero pools bans multiple tanks

Published: 19/Mar/2020 23:20

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players still reeling from week two of hero pools banning two main supports can take some comfort in knowing that they won’t be hooked, rocked or shield bashed in week three.

On Thursday, March 19, a new rotations of hero pools hit the live servers with bans on Sigma, Roadhog, Brigitte and Doomfist.

Notably, all four of the heroes have some form of crowd control ability with Sigma’s Accretion, Roadhog’s Hook, Doomfist’s Rocket Punch and Uppercut and Brigitte’s Shield Bash and Whipshot.

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Two tanks ate banned with week 3 of hero pools.

The reaction from the player base was mostly positive. Over on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, MeteorMash101 wrote that “as a Reinhardt main, this might be my favorite week.”

“Thank god, seeing the instalock Hog in 75% of my games is so deflating,” MikhailGorbachef replied.

“The first week, they banned 2 DPS, then they banned 2 healers, and now two tanks. Seems like they’re just trying out the options,” moocow2009 noted.

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It’s not a good week to be a Roadhog main.

While the change in hero rotations may seem whacky, Game Director Jeff Kaplan did address the bans in an earlier forum post back when 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 in January.

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

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Will the lack of Brigitte enable dive?

As this is just the third week, it will be interesting to see how the Overwatch devs handle pools going forward and if they will decide to once again remove two DPS heroes from rotation in week four.

In any case, with Brigitte out of the picture, flankers should be able to have a bit of an easier time doing their job in the backline. This also could better enable dive compositions as heroes such as Winston and Tracer don’t have to worry about being stunned or hooked while swarming the enemy.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.