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Overwatch streamer discovers Ashe and B.O.B.’s best feature

Published: 6/Nov/2018 18:51 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 14:02

by Bill Cooney

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Players have been trying out Overwatch’s newest hero since she was released to the PTR on Monday, November 5, and some, like streamer Josh ‘OAM’ Pemberton have discovered what they think is the best feature to come with Ashe and B.O.B.

While heading into Lijiang Tower’s Control Center, OAM summons his B.O.B. to help finish off an enemy Ashe before heading to point.

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After that’s over with, the streamer decides to say “hello” to B.O.B. using the in-game chat feature, and to his surprise, B.O.B. waves back.

“Oh my god, B.O.B. waves back,” the streamer remarked as he laughed at the level of detail Overwatch developers put into the newest hero.

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“We have discovered the best feature, someone please clip,” OAM asks, imploring his viewers to capture this heartwarming moment forever.

B.O.B. instantly became a star after his debut at BlizzCon in the new “Reunion” short, and some people are definitely more excited for him than for the actual hero.

Overwatch Developers called B.O.B. a “unicorn” during the Overwatch: What’s Next panel at BlizzCon, meaning he didn’t go through very many changes from his first concept, which probably gave them more time to add awesome interactions like this one.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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