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Overwatch pro Surefour claims Supports are the game’s biggest “problem”

Published: 13/Jul/2020 6:15

by Brad Norton


Overwatch League professional Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts has outlined why Support heroes are to blame for the drastic change in gameplay since the launch of Blizzard’s FPS title.

Overwatch launched with just three Support heroes: Lucio, Mercy, and Zenyatta. At this point in time, damage meant a whole lot more than it currently does, according to the Toronto Defiant DPS star. With the addition of more area-of-effect based healers, such as Moira and Brigitte, damage has lost some of its impact.

While various Damage-based characters were often able to change the outcome of a match with exceptional plays, that has become less common over the years. With such effective Supports in the game, team-play took center stage and sustained healing shot to the top. The game adapted into a “battle of attrition,” as Roberts detailed.

With Overwatch 2 waiting in the wings, the veteran DPS player explained how Supports have drastically altered the game. Along with the steps that Blizzard could take to remedy the issue in the near future.

Single-target healing reigned supreme at the release of Overwatch. Mercy could only focus her beam on a single character and Zenyatta’s orb could only be applied to one hero at a time. Lucio was the only Support with AoE healing.

As a result, “damage on anyone without a ‘pocket healer’ was very impactful,” Roberts said. “The healer had to make a decision on who got heals.”

As the game progressed, and more Supports were added, that decision-making was no longer necessary. “As long as we are grouped or keep fighting, our effective HP will always be high. This results in people also having to play these characters just to be able to sustain long enough, or we have to rely on burst.”

This means individual impact has taken a hit for those in the Damage-role. Widowmaker can still click heads, but more often than not, teams will need to work together in swift bursts. “Damage isn’t as substantial or impactful unless it is bursty,” he added.

Roberts targeted two key areas that need to be addressed in order to get Overwatch back to its former state. “Either AoE healing needs a cap, or more burst needs to be added, and I’d much prefer the former.”

Overwatch hero Brigitte using her Ultimate to keep teammates alive
AoE healers can keep their teammates in the fight without much manual input.

Blizzard has been relatively quiet since the reveal of Overwatch 2 at BlizzCon 2019; we already know that multiple heroes will be added at launch, though we can only guess who those characters may possibly be.

Perhaps more burst-heavy Damage characters will join the mix, overwhelming the AoE heals. Or maybe an enormous set of balancing updates will rework certain Support heroes. Only time will tell. In the meanwhile, it’s clear that some DPS stars are growing tired of the same old resource battle in Overwatch.


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.