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Overwatch players want changes to Ultimate charge rate after buffs/nerfs

Published: 3/Jun/2020 22:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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Whenever an Overwatch balance patch fine-tunes the damage and healing output of different heroes, one big issue arises: Ultimate charge rates. Now, players are speaking up and want Blizzard to change how it applies updates.

Ultimates in Overwatch are earned three ways: Doing damage to enemies, healing yourself or allies and passive ult generation.

When heroes are buffed by having their damage or healing output raised, they will be doing more damage overall, and therefore will be earning their Ultimates much faster.

Very seldomly has Blizzard directly changed Ultimate generation rates, but even with major balance changes, they tend to stay the same.

Redditor ‘RoninMustDie’ took to the Competitive Overwatch section to voice his concerns with the game’s balance, demanding Blizzard “adjust required Ultimate Points after Buffs / Nerfs.”

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Ashe players have been reaping the rewards for her buffs.

“Let’s take Ashe as an example: Ashe got a ton of Ult-Charge with a well-placed Dynamite,” he wrote, and noted that after the hero’s quality of life buffs, she now gets BOB almost after every team fight. “Ashe was balanced in case of her Ult prior all the buffs, but after the buffs it went over the roof.”

He also mentioned Moira and how she gets Coalescence “within a very short poke phase.”

“Now with the upcoming heal buff, it’s gonna be even faster!” he exclaimed.

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Moira’s healing was buffed in the June 2 patch.

Other users chimed in as well, noting that Blizzard only really makes Ultimate changes when they become a major problem with the game.

That said, with the case for Moira, even though she had a damage nerf in the recent patch, her healing was buffed to compensate and as a result could lead to even more Ultimates coming online.

It’s unclear if or how the developers will address the problem, but if the past is any indication, it would seem like more people will need to voice their concerns before they will act.

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.