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Overwatch players report issues with Priority Queue matchmaking

Published: 14/Jul/2020 0:09

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s Role Queue system received a major update with the addition of Priority Queue, making it so that players won’t have to wait as long to find a new match in the event a game is canceled – but the feature may have some issues.

When players queue up as DPS, they can find themselves waiting upwards of 10 minutes to find a match. However, if a player leaves the match early, it gets canceled, forcing them to queue up and wait again.

Priority Queue kicks in when players from a canceled match queue up again with the supposed benefit of finding a game faster. Now, players are saying those games are incredibly unbalanced.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, user ‘Azaryiah’ explained they found themselves up against a six-stack after using the Priority Queue system while solo queuing.

Ana attacks by Reaper in Overwatch
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Taking on a stack can be super hard in Overwatch.

“Me and my teammates (all random, no duos or trios, no Stack) we were put against 6-stack, I found that odd but later today it happened again, and SR rating of the stack was way higher, even a low-master was with it,” the Diamond tank player said.

“Was the solo/duo protection thrown out? It’s been ages since I’ve been put against with 6-player full stack,” they wondered.

Stacks of players together can be very difficult for solo queuers to win against, because groups are likely to have strong coordination.

Overwatch role queue screen
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Players can wait more than 10 minutes to find a match as DPS.

Others have had similar issues with Priority Queue leading to bad experiences.

“In general I find priority queue games to actually be more lopsided than regular games. It might be confirmation bias but my priority queue games have only been stomps,” tmtm123 wrote.

Another user noted the issue could be with Priority Queue itself, and how the matchmaker has to take liberties to get people to find a match sooner.

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Blizzard hasn’t responded to the issues yet.

“In order for priority queue to actually reduce your queue time, the matchmaker needs to be less stringent with some of the factors it uses to find a match,” rumourmaker18 suggested.

So far Blizzard has yet to comment on the issues, but hopefully, we’ll get some information on Priority Queue soon – and if there will be changes made to the algorithm.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.