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.

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.

Brick Bastion in Overwatch's Hanamura arcade
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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.

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.

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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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.