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Overwatch’s controversial Skirmish mode is getting replaced

Published: 14/Nov/2019 1:50

by Andrew Amos


Overwatch’s controversial Skirmish mode, which players were forced to play during queue times, is getting replaced in the November 13 PTR Patch by a new waiting feature.

While nerfs to double shield meta heroes Orisa, Sigma, and Moira have been the talk of the town in regards to the latest Overwatch PTR patch, there was a significant change to queuing up that’ll have many players excited.

The controversial team deathmatch Skirmish mode has plagued Overwatch players looking for a decent warmup mode while in the queue. The experience is low quality, and players were desperate for another option.

While Skirmish mode isn’t disappearing from the game, players will now be given a chance to warm up the way they want with the introduction of the “While You Wait” menu.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe controversial Skirmish mode in Overwatch is getting replaced…kind of.


In the While You Wait menu, players will now have the choice of four game modes to partake in before each quick play, or competitive game starts.

The change adds more variety into the queue and gives players a better way of getting ready for their big games.

  • Practice Range
  • Deathmatch
  • Custom Game
  • Skirmish

Practice Range is getting expanded so that players can now play in groups, meaning you can work out combos with your teammates before you load into the game. Deathmatch is a community favorite for warm-up, as it allows players to get their eye in, and it’s more balanced than Skirmish.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch players now have a choice of four game modes to warm up in while queuing up for another mode, including Practice Range.


If neither of those modes appeals to you, there’s always the option of getting into your favorite custom preset and getting your favorite pre-match rituals done. The custom game option also applies to Workshop mode so that you can play around there as well as just base customs.

You can also choose to forgo the new modes entirely and stick to Skirmish, or just disabling While You Wait if you aren’t a fan.

Given the variety of game modes available, many players thought it was unreasonable that they were forced into Skirmish mode every time they wanted to queue up for a game. 

Blizzard EntertainmentThere were a ton of hero balance changes in the November 13 PTR Patch, including big nerfs to Sigma.


The November 12 PTR Patch balance changes looked to kill off the double shield meta that has been dominating Overwatch at all levels since Sigma’s release. Sigma and Orisa had their shield health nerfed significantly to make it easier to break through the impenetrable defenses.

Moira’s healing is getting reduced, meaning that she won’t be able to charge up her Coalescence as quickly. These three heroes were the cornerstone of the latest meta to take over the game, and these changes are a move towards opening up more viable compositions for players.

These changes are currently available on the PTR and are still subject to change before hitting live, but players can at least look forward to not having to step foot into Skirmish mode ever again if they so choose.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

Blizzard Entertainment
The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.