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Overwatch Streamer xQc Expresses Frustration at Boosters in Ranked Play

Published: 25/Jun/2018 13:06 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch player and streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel commented on the practice of boosting in the ranked Overwatch ladder.

While playing ranked matches during a recent stream, xQc came across a player who appeared to have been coasting at a high rank by only playing placement matches in each competitive season.

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While the player was unranked at the time of this match, their appearance in a game alongside xQc suggests that their hidden rating must have been quite high, at least in the Master tier.

The player’s profile showed that after achieving a high rank in Season 4, they had only played a few hours in each of the subsequent five seasons, completing the placement matches towards the end of each to maintain their rank.

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Though each new competitive season requires players to complete placement matches, it seems that the outcome is influenced significantly by a player’s ranking in the previous season, with many players reporting little change to their rank after a new season’s placement games almost regardless of the results in those games.

It would appear that some players have been exploiting this to maintain their rank over a long period – after reaching a high rank initially, it seems it can be maintained relatively easily by simply playing placement games near the end of each season.

At the higher ranks a player’s rating will decay over time, but this doesn’t seem to be the case while a player is “unranked” – therefore, by only completing placements at the end of the season, a player can maintain their rank with relative ease.

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Theories about how exactly the ranking system works remain just that, as Blizzard has never explained the system in detail, largely to limit players’ ability to exploit it. However, as evidenced by the results produced by certain players, exploits have indeed been found.

xQc expressed his frustration at the existence of such players after coming to the conclusion that the rank of his team-mate in this case was not truly earned.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.