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Overwatch’s Lucioball gets massive improvements thanks to the Workshop

Published: 28/May/2019 23:28 Updated: 29/May/2019 11:03

by Bill Cooney

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Lucioball is one of those Overwatch modes that players either tolerate for loot boxes, or just flat out despise, so one player decided to set out and try to make Lucioball live up to its potential.

The mini game was first introduced to Overwatch during the first ever Summer Games in 2016 and even though it’s gone through a few updates since then, it still manages to rub a few players the wrong way whenever it shows up in the Arcade lineup.

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So, rather than just telling those complaining to just “git gud”, Overwatch fan Kocq set out to rework the mode and make it more enjoyable to play.

Blizzard EntertainmentLucioball was introduced during the first Summer Games event in 2016.

“Oh, come on ref!”

Kocq created all the elements for Lucioball from scratch inside of the Workshop, including the arena, which is now on a rooftop in King’s Row instead of a special-made arena.

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Players can even change the settings on the ball to change the movement speed and how gravity affects it. Kocq said the code started off at “slow and low” referring to ball settings to make it “noob friendly”.

You can also switch between the current ultimate available in Lucioball and the old version from 2016 with a simple press of “F” (or whatever console players have as their interact button).

There are also custom team colors available, a randomized spawn to make sure you’re not always stuck playing goalie and a ton of other cool features.

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For players who want to try out Kocq’s new and improved Lucioball, the code is: PAN76.

When will Summer Games arrive?

We don’t have an exact date for when Summer Games and therefore Lucioball will be back, but Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan indicated the event would return sometime in August.

Kaplan also hinted at some major new content coming later this summer, but didn’t specify what they would be or when they would arrive.

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With players complaining about Lucioball showing up even in the Anniversary Arcade lineup, it will be interesting to see if Blizzard makes any more changes to the minigame for 2019.

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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.