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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.


Overwatch pro Super returns on Jimmy Fallon: When to watch

Published: 22/Oct/2020 12:17

by Lauren Bergin


OWL star Matthew “Super” DeLisi has been added as a guest on the show for the second time, linking up with popular presenter Jimmy Fallon. 

The Overwatch League is full of shining personalities, but it’s safe to say that the captain of reigning back-to-back champions San Francisco Shock is one of the league’s boldest and brightest.

The 20-year-old main tank player has certainly won the hearts of OWL fans, not only because his plays are the definition of brilliance, but because in every interview he features in his enthusiasm for the game is infectious.

This is likely why Jimmy Fallon has elected to bring back the OWL star for the 26 October episode of the classic American talkshow, The Tonight Show.

San Francisco Shock champs
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Super is the enigmatic captain of back-to-back OWL champions San Francisco Shock.

This isn’t Super’s first time on The Tonight Show

Back in 2019 Super made his inaugural television appearance alongside former Overwatch flex player turned Valorant star Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won. Both players provided America’s viewers with insight into how the esports world works, discussing their rigorous schedules and sharing how many hours they sink into the game.

Super’s guest appearance on the show coincided with the team’s 2019 victory over the Vancouver Titans in the OWL finals, therefore it makes a lot of sense that Super has been asked to return to the show following a dominant performance over Seoul Dynasty.

When to watch and why

It’s nice to see esports becoming more prominent in mainstream media, so it’s worth tuning in to support the growth of esports, as well as learn a little bit about Overwatch as well. Super certainly knows the game inside out.

You can tune in to watch The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm ET on NBC on Monday, 26 October to see Super alongside superstars Sterling K. Brown and Zoe Lister-Jones.