Overwatch team show off epic tactic to counter GOATS - Dexerto

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


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.

Top Open Division team comes up with creative goats counter from r/Overwatch

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.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.