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Overwatch team show off epic tactic to counter GOATS

Published: 14/Jan/2019 12:28 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 12:36

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch Open Division team demonstrated a creative strategy to counter the infamous “GOATS” composition.

GOATS has been a major topic in the Overwatch community in recent months as the current dominant strategy.

Named for the Overwatch Contenders team that popularised the composition, GOATS features three tanks and three support heroes. The line-up has faced criticism both for how powerful it can be, and the lack of hero diversity it promotes.

The power of GOATS is largely in its survivability. The three tanks provide cover for the three supports, who in turn keep the large health pools of the tanks topped up.

Being able to quickly eliminate the Reinhardt, however, instantly makes GOATS a lot more vulnerable – the big shield is no longer available to mitigate damage, leaving them at a significant disadvantage in an outright team fight, and there are no high burst-damage DPS heroes to quickly reply with a pick of their own.

To accomplish this, Overwatch Open Division team Path to Poverty set up an ingenious trap on the Sanctuary point of Nepal.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe “GOATS” composition rose to prominence after the addition of Brigitte.

Allowing the enemy to take positioning on the point, Path to Poverty set up with most of their players on the opposite side, drawing attention such that their Lúcio could sneak in on the wall behind.

Orisa then sent her “Halt!” above the enemy team, drawing multiple members into the air and right into the path of the waiting Lúcio, who then sent them flying towards the edge with a blast from his Sonic Amplifier.

Though D.Va managed to survive the push, Reinhardt, the key target and the hero without a movement ability capable of saving him, was sent flying into the abyss.

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As u/Anghell1c, the Lúcio in question, points out, in this particular clip the team are themselves playing a variant of GOATS with three tanks and three supports. However, the key synergy is between the Orisa – not a standard GOATS pick – and the Lúcio, so it’s a tactic that can be applied in a variety of compositions.

Though it does rely on certain environmental elements in order to be executed to maximum effectiveness, there are points on several maps in which this tactic could work. Even without the Reinhardt falling to his death, a well-timed combo between the Orisa and Lúcio could still knock him out of position and open up a pick.

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Overwatch 2 job listings further suggest sequel is far from completion

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Amidst rumors that Overwatch 2 has been delayed and could be releasing as late as 2022, job postings on the Blizzard’s own career website suggest that the game still has a long way to go.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then, fans have been left in the dark with very little information coming from the developers aside from little tidbits in the form of Reddit AMAs.

While Blizzard themselves may be silent, notable leakers such as Metro – who originally leaked info about the sequel prior to BlizzCon – haven’t been so mum. According to the streamer’s source, development is “really slow” and it sounds like the game is far off.

Which now brings us to Overwatch-related job openings at Blizzard of which there are many. Just looking at the Overwatch team section of the careers page shows 43 job listings.

Overwatch 2 Lucio gameplay
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Overwatch 2 is focused on PvE co-cop.

Some of the job listings aren’t exclusively-related to Overwatch 2, such as “senior eSports [sic] producer,” but others seem to be of the utmost importance.

For instance, the “Lead Mission Designer” listing wants someone “ready to lead the mission team by example” and “build a strong team environment dedicated to making fun and memorable missions.”

Given Overwatch 2’s emphasis on PvE co-op missions, one would think that this position would have been filled if the sequel was scheduled to release soon.

Overwatch 2 Push map
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“Push” is the only new mode announced so far.

Other listings of note include “Senior Game Producer, Missions” and “Character Concept Artist.”

The former’s responsibilities are listed as driving the “development process for story campaign, missions & PvE game modes” and the latter’s include developing “character concepts and skins including character sheets, movement studies and detailed breakouts for equipment and weapons.”

Of course, it is possible that Overwatch 2 will have a big slate of content to roll-out post-release and it’s unclear how Blizzard plans to launch the game. All that’s known so far is that all of the PvP multiplayer content coming with Overwatch 2 will be available in the base game.

Tracer on Overwatch Toronto map
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More Overwatch 2 information is coming at BlizzCon 2021.

How Blizzard handles the PvE side with missions and the story mode remains to be seen. Could Overwatch 2 get a handful of missions at launch and then more added over the next few years?

Unless there is some substantial material planned post-launch to necessitate the jobs listed, it seems like the game could be very far off. In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what the future holds once more information is revealed at BlizzCon in February.