Overwatch pro explains how role lock is "killing the game" - Dexerto

Overwatch pro explains how role lock is “killing the game”

Published: 10/Sep/2019 1:08 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 2:21

by Brad Norton


The 2-2-2 role lock is supposedly driving veterans away from Overwatch, and pro player André ‘iddqd’ Dahlström has explained why.

After months of demanding that Blizzard implement a role lock feature in Overwatch, the developers finally relented in August of 2019, bringing the two Support, two Tank, and two DPS hero lock into effect.

Met with much fanfare in the Overwatch community, the implementation seemed like a positive addition on all fronts. However, some believe it to be doing more harm than good.

Formerly an Overwatch League player for the San Francisco Shock, iddqd argues that the role lock feature is to blame for his lack of Overwatch streams lately. 

“What’s killing the game for me right now, what’s stopping me from being happy waking up streaming games in Overwatch is basically I know I’m not going to be able to play my DPS. I can’t play my DPS anymore.”

Overwatch LeagueSan Francisco Shock were the first team to complete a flawless Stage in the League.

Having competed at the highest level of competitive Overwatch for some time, even landing a spot on the 2016 Swedish World Cup team, iddqd was known for his impeccable aim and remarkable prowess on many DPS heroes.

Yet with the implementation of the role lock feature, it is becoming more of a challenge to load into a competitive game as a DPS player, due to the high demand of the role when compared to Tank and Support. 

“No one wants to watch a streamer, whether you’re really good at the game or a former pro, if you can’t find a game in two hours,” he explained. 

While the role rock feature was requested ad nauseum, there’s no denying that there has been a drastic increase to the time spent in lobby trying to find a match. DPS in particular can be stuck searching for hours, hence the frustration from one of the all-time great DPS players in iddqd. 

“Like, I get it. People love to see me you know, pop heads in Overwatch, and trust me I want that more than anything else,” he asseted. “But what if I actually just can’t? What if the game just physically doesn’t let me play DPS? What do I do then?”

It appears as though not only streamers and content creators are suffering from a decline in viewership when streaming Overwatch on Twitch, the Overwatch League itself has seen a steady drop throughout the 2019 season. Forcing Blizzard to find new strategies to drive viewership.

Despite this, we recently learned in a deck shared with Dexerto, that the Overwatch League has been financially successful. Projected to make $25 million in revenue throughout the 2018 season, the endeavor generated well above expectations at $82 million.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.