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Dafran surprises casters with epic Zarya ultimate play on Hollywood

Published: 26/Feb/2019 9:44 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 1:09

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch pro Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca demonstrated a Zarya tactic so powerful that he used it to pull off one of the biggest plays of Overwatch League Season Two so far.

Zarya’s ultimate is one of the most powerful ultimates in Overwatch when it lands, but managing to catch a large number of players with it can be easier said than done. If the enemy team has a D.Va they’ll be doing everything they can to capture the Graviton with their Defense Matrix, and even then a team watching out for the ultimate will be wary of grouping too closely.

If you’re a Zarya player, then, finding ways to catch the enemy off-guard and land your ultimate reliably is one of your top priorities, perhaps the most important skill you can hone once you’ve gotten to grips with keeping your charge high.

Doing so can be made a lot easier with some creative tactics to catch the enemy unawares, and Dafran demonstrated one such tactic on Hollywood’s offensive side that was so impressive it even caught out a professional team in the Overwatch League.

Zarya’s ultimate is one of the most powerful in the game.

By utilizing rocket-jumping – a technique for higher jumps that involves timing the jump with the knock-back effect of your own weapon, in this case the alternate fire of Zarya’s Particle Cannon – it’s possible to propel yourself over the roofs separating the first capture point from the Stage 2 area.

In this specific case, Dafran also had the assistance of a Lúcio with Speed Boost to help make the jump quicker and easier, but it is still possible alone.

As the archway between the two areas is a major choke point, if the enemy team are defending on the other side doing so will drop you right into the back line for a free ultimate, as Dafran demonstrated to incredible effect against the Paris Eternal.

If you time it right – which is made much easier if you have a team-mate spotting for you to call when the enemy are approaching – not only will the opposing team have no warning that you’re coming, but it’s likely that the majority – if not all – of them will be grouped up in the choke point, making for a massive Graviton Surge and an almost guaranteed team wipe.

Not only will you earn some free time pushing the payload forward, but it’s likely that the enemy won’t have much chance to work on building ultimates of their own. In the worst case scenario, you should at least force the enemy to trade powerful defensive ultimates immediately at the start of the second stage.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.