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Players debate whether a leavers’ queue would work in Overwatch

Published: 2/Apr/2019 18:27 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 18:41

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players are trying to figure out whether or not a “leavers queue” for people who leave competitive matches early would actually work.

Ask any Overwatch player and they’ll probably say that having someone leave your team in the middle of a Competitive match is one of the most annoying things that can happen in the game.

It immediately puts the team with the leaver at a 5v6 disadvantage and in most cases means an easy win for the team with all it’s players, most of the time.

The problem has been around since day one and players have been talking about different ways to fix it for almost as long, but it’s not as simple a problem as it seems.

The last thing any Overwatch player wants to see during a competitive match.

In a recent highly-discussed post on Reddit, user captainpotty asked if anyone had a good reason why a so-called leavers queue for players who leave during competitive matches wouldn’t work.

“If you leave a match, you’d join a queue full of other leavers,” they suggested. “To get back into the regular queue, you need to stick in an undetermined (5-10), varying number of games (regardless of outcome or other leavers on your team).”

The main point of the argument is that if you give leavers a taste of their own medicine, maybe the punishment would be more effective.

One of the major issues with this system would be dealing with players who leave matches due to disconnects, not because they choose to.

Blizzard EntertainmentShould leavers be forced to queue up with other leavers?

“It’s difficult to make it “You get punished enough you don’t leave intentionally, but you don’t get punished for a simple disconnect,” a user named Gatonom argued.

If there were a way to figure out how to not punish players who disconnect then rejoin, or players who disconnect through no fault of their own, then an intentional leavers queue might actually have some potential.

Blizzard has said they have big plans in store for Overwatch in 2019, including new social features, but whether or not a leavers queue is in the works, or ever will be, is unknown.


New Overwatch mode shows how hero ban system would work in ranked play

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Hero bans in Overwatch have long been a contested topic amongst the community and the developers, primarily with how such a concept could be implemented. Now, a new mode has been created that shows how hero bans would work in ranked play.

As a competitive game, Overwatch has struggled to maintain balance, often leading to stale metas or overpowered heroes. As a result, this has led to heroes calling for hero bans in ranked play.

In the past, Blizzard has attempted its own variation of hero bans, with the devs themselves deciding which heroes to ban every given week. However, this quickly fell by the wayside as many were unhappy with the implementation.

Those against hero bans normally are so because it means there is a chance those players can’t choose their favorite character. Now, however, this new hero ban mode gives those users the chance to keep playing their main while still getting the benefits of a ban.

Preview of the ingame Hero Ban & Protect system made by @GrandeurHammers for SVB’s experimental PUGs (tonight @ 8:30pm GMT) from Competitiveoverwatch

This new custom game mode lets every player in the lobby first vote on which heroes to protect from a ban before voting on which heroes would be removed from play.

Basically, the heroes with the most votes in the protect phase cannot be banned, but in the event of ties, the system will choose.

The best part about this is the fact that every player on each team has a vote, so if someone really wants to play Mercy, they can ask all their teammates to protect that support so it cannot be banned.

Once heroes have been banned, however, they will be grayed out so no one on either team will be able to pick it.

The mode itself has many different options too such as the number of votes each player gets, the ability to see who voted for what hero, the length of the protect and ban stages, and more.

According to Overwatch content creator SVB, who tested the mode with Pick Up Games, it was designed to replicate what it would be like in ranked where players may not know who their teammates or opponents are.

Overwatch hero ban settings
The hero ban system has a lot of options.

If you want to try it out yourself, the code is HDVGF. Give it a shot and see what you think of the experience.

Who knows, there is even a chance that the devs decide to implement this in some capacity, especially with Overwatch 2 still on the way.