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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.

Cosplay

Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl

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Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.