Overwatch update gives Orisa and Moira new passive abilities in Workshop - Dexerto
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Overwatch update gives Orisa and Moira new passive abilities in Workshop

Published: 16/Jul/2020 21:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch update on July 14 did a bit more than give players the option to turn heroes into gigantic freaks of nature – it also let Workshop gurus add their own passive abilities, and the results are awesome.

Passive abilities are unique in that they just “happen” and are largely out of the players’ control for if they kick in or not.

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For instance, Mercy has a passive where she will automatically regenerate health and Junkrat will always drop grenades when he dies as part of Total Mayhem.

Others like Hanzo and Genji’s wall climb passives kick in when players hold the jump button by a wall. However, there’s no way to change these from being activated.

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Bastion’s “Ironclad” passive was added post-launch.

With that said, not all heroes have passives, such as Moira and Orisa – until now. Thanks to some new Workshop mode options, players were able to add their own unique touch on the characters.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, user samasaurus6 shared their work on designing abilities for the tank and support heroes. With Orisa, they decided to implement a speed buff called “Gallop.”

“After not firing or using any ability or ultimate for 3 seconds, Orisa begins to gallop with a 25% movement speed increase,” they explained in the comments.

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I used the Workshop to give Orisa a passive ability: Gallop from Competitiveoverwatch

Many players have found it weird for Orisa, a tank with four legs to move so slowly, so this change seems to finally make use of those extra appendages.

However, this doesn’t mean that the change would be good for the game as the user further detailed. “I’m not necessarily saying this is a good idea, but I wanted something to ‘problem-solve’ in the workshop!”

Meanwhile, with Moira, they added a passive called “Life Reserves” which allows the support to dip into her own HP pool to heal a teammate in the event the player is out of resources.

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Using the new PTR Workshop, I gave Moira a new passive: Life Reserves from Competitiveoverwatch

“I gave Moira a passive that I always wanted to make: If her resource meter is empty, holding primary fire will allow her to continue healing at the cost of her HP,” they said. “Originally I had it so Moira could actually do enough damage to herself to kill herself, but although funny, probably wouldn’t be a great user experience.”

It will be interesting to see if Blizzard ever decides to actually implement these passives in the actual game and with Overwatch 2 in development it’s possible that multiple heroes could be getting significant changes.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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