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

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

Published: 26/Mar/2020 19:22

by Bill Cooney


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Overwatch players discover signs of possible Hanamura rework for Overwatch 2

Published: 15/Jan/2021 0:25

by Michael Gwilliam


Eagle-eyed Overwatch players may have found evidence of a potential rework of the assault map Hanamura after familiarizing themselves with Kanezaka.

The game’s newest map, Kanezaka, is unique in that it’s positioned directly below Hanamura and can be seen when looking at it from above.

While there is no mistaking the large buildings seen off in the distance on Kanezaka as the ones from Hanamura, there are some slight differences that could point towards a future rework.

As Redditor ‘_Panthera_Unca_’ explained in their post, “on Kanezaka you see Hanamura, but it looks different to the actual map, in particular, the tower in the Middle (on Kanezaka) has replaced these two buildings, but the main tower for 2nd and 1st seems to be the same.”

Overwatch Kanezaka map
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The Kanezaka map seems to be home to many mysteries.

It begs an interesting question: why would Blizzard create a different version of Hanamura when it’s supposed to be the same map?

The Redditor has a theory that Blizzard is reworking Hanamura, but are saving it for Overwatch 2.

“Maybe I am reading too much into this, but I think it wouldn’t even be like Blizzard to not add Kanezaka to Hanamura, with the love for detail they have shown in the past but putting in a wrong model just seems so out of place for them,” they concluded.

Hanamura Rework? Explanation in comments from Overwatch

Assault/2CP game modes are, for many Overwatch players, the bane of their existence. The mode is widely controversial, requiring plenty of teamwork to pull off a successful attack.

Blizzard has discussed potential changes to 2CP in the past and even let users test some concepts with the Experimental Mode, but any major fix would require a whole map rework.

Notably, both Paris and Horizon Lunar Colony have been removed from the competitive rotation for a long time to undergo reworks, so it’s possible that more maps are being redesigned behind the scenes.

We’ll have to wait and see what Blizzard has planned, but expect to hear more news on Overwatch 2 and maybe even what’s happening with Hanamura come BlizzCon in February.