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Overwatch team manager lists game’s biggest issues and the community agrees

Published: 18/Sep/2019 23:22 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 16:59

by Brad Norton

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In a lengthy post detailing a plethora of issues in the Overwatch community today, one streamer has highlighted what needs to change in order for the game to stay afloat.

Released in 2016, Blizzard’s hero shooter Overwatch was initially met with much fanfare. A competitive FPS title from one of the most prestigious developers in the gaming industry, how could things go awry? 

Three years into its lifecycle and Blizzard haven’t been able to balance the title in such a way as to appease the community and make the game thoroughly enjoyable for all. Streamers have been turning away in droves as newer releases have attracted more viewership. 

One particular streamer, Kayjii of SoaR Gaming, has shared a lengthy, critical Twitter post highlighting a number of core issues and urging fans to “please retweet this if you care about the future of Overwatch.”

Opening the TwitLonger, the streamer dishearteningly begins by expressing that they “just can’t take it anymore.” 

With countless popular streamers turning their attention elsewhere, Kayjii explains why. Stating that they “suffer playing this game in its current state and I feel like the time has come where we have to stand up and do something.”

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Listing off a dozen reasons as to why Blizzard is currently failing the Overwatch community, the post touches on issues ranging from “no MMR resets,” to “ridiculous competitive queue times.”

Kayjii also goes into detail on the fact that “even the Overwatch League players hate competitive in its current state.” Things are worse yet for those making their way through the ‘Path To Pro’ system, as “Blizzard cares less and less about the Tier 3 and Tier 2 competitive scene.”

As a recent example of Blizzard being entirely out of touch with the amateur scene, the latest Open Divison announcement had players riled up. Rather than serving as a feeder system, allowing teams to prove their worth and earn themselves a spot in the upcoming season of Contenders, the latest form of Open Division competition lacks a prize pool but instead, rewards an in-game spray and icon. 

After a year of having to navigate the GOATS meta, Blizzard finally implemented a few balance updates as well as introduced Role Queue into the game. However, with the current meta aggravating players by being so fixated on the importance of shields, and competitive queue times often leading to multiple hours in the lobby, it’s no surprise that many pro players and streamers have focused their efforts elsewhere.

A September 17 update saw the temporary removal of Paris due to a bug that allowed heroes to take damage through the spawn doors. Additionally, the patch seems to have “broken” Mei’s Ice Wall ability.

Three years into the lifespan of Overwatch, with many pros and popular streamers turning their backs on the game, it seems as though more needs to be changed than ever before.

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Creepy Overwatch skin idea would be D.Va’s scariest cosmetic yet

Published: 30/Nov/2020 21:03

by Bill Cooney

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An Overwatch fan has come up with a new skin for D.Va that would actually make her MEKA into a nightmare-inducing monster straight out of a fairy tale.

D.Va is, rightly so, one of the most popular heroes in Overwatch, and could be considered the face of the franchise, if Tracer hadn’t already locked that spot up.

Even though she just got two new skins for the 2020 All-Stars and Halloween Terror events, this obviously wasn’t enough for cosmetic-starved D.Va fans.

To keep things moving right along, artist Jouste has come up with a cosmetic based on Baba Yaga, a witch from Slavic folklore who lives in a hut that walks around on chicken legs.

Baba Yaga hut“Mom, can you come pick us up now? The cabin is walking around.”

As you would expect, in lieu of a cabin in the woods, D.Va only has her Mech, and chicken legs actually look extremely natural on it, since they both bend the same way.

Similar to her Halloween skin, it’s also become a house as well, but instead of a spooky haunted Korean temple, it looks more like the residence of an evil babushka, complete with a beak coming out of the front door.

Hana herself is sporting your classic pointed witchy hat with twigs, feathers, and frizzled hair to really sell the whole “living alone in the middle of nowhere” look.

Finally, even her Bunny Blaster sidearm has been made over, and now sports an adorable little frog holding on to the bottom who has a great front-row seat to watch D.Va frag out.

DVa Baba Yaga
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Imagine just walking through Eichenwalde forest and suddenly a chicken-legged MEKA bursts out of the trees.

We don’t know which heroes will be getting Winter Wonderland skins for the next Overwatch seasonal event up on the calendar, but we wouldn’t mind it at all if Blizzard continued to bribe us all by giving D.Va another new skin to try and unlock.

Winter Wonderland usually gets going around the first or second week of December, but stick with Dexerto to find out the exact dates as soon as they’re announced.