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Overwatch pro Super defends Blizzard over power creep controversy

Published: 9/Jan/2020 15:24

by Jacob Hale

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San Francisco Shock’s Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi has hit back at criticism of Activision Blizzard developer Josh Noh’s comments regarding power creep in Overwatch.

As a main tank player for San Francisco Shock, super has established himself as one of the world’s best Overwatch players, having had an enormously successful 2019 in which the Shock pulled off an incredible lower bracket run to become OWL champions.

Following his successful year, super has hit out at fellow pro players who have criticized Noh’s comments about balancing and ‘power creep’ in the game.

Robert Paul / Blizzard EntertainmentSuper has seen unprecedented success in Overwatch since the League started up in 2018.

After  Josh Noh came out to explain how they balance heroes, Guangzhou Charge’s flex DPS player Charlie “nero” Zwarg tweeted a screenshot of the statement, saying that he “lost brain cells reading this.”

Super clearly didn’t like this take and responded to the tweet saying “Comments like this do nothing and make the developers want to communicate with the community and pros less. Why would you want to talk to someone who throws insults at you publicly? They’re on our team too.”

This type of argument has become a common one in esports, where some players feel like their own vision and the developer’s vision of the game don’t align the way they’d like to.

Nero responded to the tweet saying that it “doesn’t seem like they are when clearly they aren’t listening to the feedback we give,” questioning Activision Blizzard’s motives behind the changes they make and how they develop the title to improve it.

Super appears to be siding with the developers on this one, believing that a good rapport between them and the professional players is essential to moving Overwatch in the right direction.

The next season of the Overwatch League kicks off at Dallas Fuel’s homestand in Esports Stadium Arlington from February 8-9, where super’s San Francisco side will be taking on the home team.

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Sneaky Overwatch spot gets you to Watchpoint Gibraltar’s high ground fast

Published: 22/Nov/2020 21:26

by Julian Young

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In any competitive shooter, good positioning and map control are key factors to achieving victory. The Overwatch community has once again shown how smart movement can benefit players, this time with a clever trick to gain the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Overwatch is a unique title that requires team coordination and individual skill to overcome opponents. Heroes need to synergize their abilities with teammates and perform well on their own to defeat the other team.

Outside of individual skill and good teamwork, positioning and map control are two additional factors to consider when a team plans and executes their strategy. Players are always looking for new ways to exploit their surroundings to help outsmart their enemies.

While many movement techniques are well-known in the Overwatch community, there are still some tricks that not all players are aware of.  In a video posted user ‘Hovspian’, they show off a lesser-known shortcut players can use to reach the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Found a new shortcut to highground on Gibraltar second from Overwatch

In the clip, the player is in the interior room located near Checkpoint B: a fairly open space with bits of cover in various spots and a vehicle hanging from the ceiling. They walk towards a forklift that is holding some containers, and then jump on top of the vehicle’s glass windshield.

From there, they jump onto the containers the forklift is holding, and then to the nearby ledge that lines the interior wall. From that position, they survey the room and show off an impressive vantage point where they can shoot down at any enemies in the open space below.

Overwatch Watchpoint Gibraltar Map
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An Overwatch player has shared a nifty trick to gain the high ground on Operation: Gibraltar.

While this may not be a new discovery for some Overwatch veterans, not every player knows about it. One user responded shortly after the post went live saying they were not familiar with this particular move, and thanked Hovspian for sharing it. For those unfamiliar with the movement on display in the clip, this climbing maneuver could prove useful in future matches.

Whether they are playing a damage, tank, or support role, all can benefit from movement that provides them with an advantage. This video is another example of how players can outsmart the competition with their movement skills, and add another trick to their existing arsenal.