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Overwatch Workshop mode lets players practice eating enemy ultimates with D.Va

Published: 18/Jun/2019 0:30 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 0:44

by Bill Cooney

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A new Overwatch Workshop mode from DarwinStreams allows players to practice eating enemy ultimates with D.Va’s Defense Matrix.

Defense Matrix is one of the most valuable abilities in the game, and it can completely cancel out ultimates like Zarya’s Gravitron Surge, Mei’s Blizzard, and Hanzo’s Dragonstrike.

To help players master gobbling up ultimates, DarwinStreams created the aptly-named “D.Va Eat Practice” mode.

Blizzard EntertainmentDefense Matrix makes D.Va a dangerous hero to ult against.

Like a Gravitron buffet

In D.Va Eat Practice, Zarya bots randomly appear and fire their ultimates at the D.Va player, who stands on the bridge in the second point on Eichenwalde.

It’s up to players to react to Zarya, and attempt to eat as many of her ultimates as possible. For players who want even more of a challenge, you can add an extra Zarya bot, and loud background noises to make reacting even tougher.

Players can also practice eating Mei’s ultimate too, by simply switching out the Zarya bot with a Mei one. No word on whether Hanzo works yet or not, but adding his Dragonstrike into the mode would make sense as well.

For players who want to practice eating ultimates with D.Va to their heart’s content, the Workshop code is: 4F7R2. Darwin also included a tutorial with more details on how to set up the mode.

(Mobile viewers, click here to watch the following clip on Streamable.)

Is Defense Matrix getting nerfed?

D.Va has a nerf currently on the PTR that reduces the range of her Defense Matrix from 15 meters to 10, which means players will have to get used to the shorter length.

DarwinStream’s Workshop mode could prove very useful for D.Va players trying to get used to the changes made to the ability, though.

We don’t know why Blizzard feels the need to keep picking on D.Va and her fans, but at least they haven’t taken the ability away from her entirely.

Business

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.” 

Call of Duty League LAN
Call of Duty League
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.