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Overwatch pro Danteh explains why Orisa is “OP” and needs adjustments

Published: 16/Jul/2020 1:11

by Theo Salaun

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In the past couple of months, Orisa has emerged as Overwatch’s most popular tank, forcing pro players like the Houston Outlaws’ Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz to call for adjustments of the hero’s dominant “Halt!” ability.

For years, the “Wombo Combo,” pairing Hanzo’s Dragonstrike with Zarya’s Graviton Surge, was the most powerful combination of ultimates in Overwatch. Then, Orisa emerged with a mini Graviton on cooldown, Halt, which could similarly be used to CC enemies and set the stage for high-damage abilities. Now, Halt is omnipresent across Overwatch and the Overwatch League—most recently in conjunction with Genji’s Dragonblade, following his recent buffs.

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“Bottom line: ‘pull’ is OP, and it’s in every highlight reel because it just goes well with every single ability.”

After spending an entire DPS queue time looking through Overwatch League highlight montages from the past two months and noting how many times Orisa’s halt was part of a big play, Danteh proved his point. At this point, Halt is too strong an ability because it can be combined with practically every other hero in the game.

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It may not have felt particularly overpowered when players were still getting used to how much shorter it is than a Grav, or when players still considered Orisa’s mobility too much of a detriment to pick her over other popular main tanks, but now, the four-legged robot has become an overused mainstay.

The Outlaws DPS continued by cutting off what seems like the most obvious solution to solving Halt’s abuse in the game: “Nerfing the cooldown time won’t do anything because you still use it to engage, you know? You just won’t get that second pull very often.”

Like Ana’s Sleep Dart or Mercy’s Resurrect, some abilities in Overwatch are game-changing and only balanced by cooldown times in conjunction with hero weaknesses. Ana’s dart is on a 12-second cooldown while Mercy’s Resurrect takes 30 seconds to recharge, with both heroes having limited health and means of self-defense. 

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Orisa, on the other hand, has Halt on an 8-second cooldown, 200 health, 250 armor, a Fortify ability that reduces damage taken by 40 percent, and a 600-health shield—all making her so resilient, despite mobility issues, that a longer Halt cooldown would likely be an insufficient solution to her strength right now.

 

As shown in the clip above, under the right circumstances, Halt can even be combined with abilities like Lucio’s Soundwave, which has a four-second cooldown, to decimate opposing teams. 

While Orisa may not feel as oppressive a force as heroes like Mei or Brigitte, Danteh and others do raise important concerns that Halt’s strength is damaging the viability of other main tanks. As of yet, Blizzard has not discussed plans for a rework, but that may change after they adjust heroes like Genji and Moira.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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