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Overwatch Week 4 Hero Pools ban Sombra, Widow, Baptiste & more

Published: 26/Mar/2020 19:22

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has rolled out the new Overwatch bans for Week 4 of the new Hero Pool system, and it’s bad news for hitscan DPS players and D.Va mains.

Following a week that saw multiple tanks and only one DPS hero banned, it seems developers have flipped the script by banning four of the most popular hitscan heroes: Widow, McCree, Soldier, and Sombra.

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Baptiste is also considered a hitscan, even though he’s a support hero, so he got the ban hammer, as well. D.Va doesn’t really seem to fit in with the other bans, so developers may have just felt like picking on her this week.

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The Week 4 hero bans are all hitscan, except for D.Va.

For players who prefer to click heads, the loss of McCree and Widow from Competitive in the same week will come as a heavy blow.

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Dallas Fuel DPS Dylan ‘aKm’ Bignet obviously wasn’t thrilled about his preferred heroes being removed, and simply told fans on Twitter, “I’ll see you guys next week.”

The news was welcomed by players who prefer non-hitscan DPS heroes, though, like Pharah, who we will definitely be seeing more of this week, since most of her counter heroes are unavailable.

Torbjorn’s turret does a decent job of taking down the Rocket Queen, so we could see more of the Swedish engineer as we head into the new week, too.

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However, there is one hitscan hero remaining this week, and that’s Ashe. As the only remaining long-range hitscan hero left, it will be up to those brave Ashe mains to protect their team from all the justice that’s going to be raining down.

Losing Baptiste is also a significant blow because that takes away his Immortality Field ability, which has become a mainstay of team fights since he was added to the game.

It also seems like D.Va was just kind of thrown in as the token Tank hero to be banned this week, since she isn’t a hitscan – but her Defense Matrix is also a great Pharah neutralizer, so maybe that’s what developers are going for.

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Hero Pools seem to developing a distinct theme as we go along. Last week, heroes with some sort of crowd-control abilities that were banned, and this time, it looks like it’s the hitscans turn.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.