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Powerful Overwatch Tank would let you call in AI allies to win any fight

Published: 14/Jan/2021 5:32 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 5:51

by Brad Norton

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A powerful new Tank hero could be just what Overwatch needs to spice things up and this innovative design would call down some AI-controlled targets to flip any team fight on its head.

Overwatch has just eight Tank heroes in total. While a handful of post-release characters like Sigma and Orisa have tried to flesh out the role, there’s still plenty more that could be done.

Players are often thinking of new abilities and fresh hero concepts to push the envelope. Mauga, a new Tank design from ‘Spktra’ does just that. While the beefy figure comes with his own set of abilities, it’s his staggering Ultimate that sets him apart from any other hero in the game.

Talon is one of the most feared organizations in Overwatch lore. While they’ve been exclusive to cutscenes and PvE chapters, this hero brings them into the game like never before.

Overwatch Talon gameplay
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Talon forces dropping into standard multiplayer could completely change Overwatch.

Upon casting Magua’s Ultimate, players would put on a special helmet to track some new forces dropping into the fight. Two troopers, an enforcer, a sniper, and an assassin would all flood the map at once.

Opposing players would have to think on their feet and take down these AI-controlled foes. The longer they’re around, the more of a threat Mauga becomes. Ashe obviously has her Omnic companion that she calls down from the sky, but B.O.B. merely shoots at targets and leaves. The presence of these Talon operatives actively buffs Mauga for the duration of the Ultimate.

While they’re alive, Mauga can only take critical damage from his back. Meaning that all headshots become ineffective while AI are left standing. It would drastically alter the flow of any teamfight as the Talon forces would become a top priority.

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Talon played a major role in the Retribution mission back in 2018.

Meanwhile, Mauga also happens to have a rather unique kit outside of his Ultimate. One particular ability helps fill the Tank role in a unique way. Rather than dropping into battle with a shield, Mauga himself is the bullet sponge so to speak.

Activating his Body Shield ability lets him rush towards any friendly target in danger.

This provides a big HP buff upon arrival and lets the enormous figure block any incoming damage. It’s a unique way of quite literally throwing yourself in the line of fire to protect your team.

Overwatch hero concept
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The full Mauga hero concept provides a ton of information to ground the potential hero.

Additionally, this hero would be an absolute menace on the map thanks to his miniguns. Similar to Bastion, they have a brief warm-up time before they unload some devastating rounds. Naturally, Mauga would move much slower than usual with his weapon equipped.

It might seem like an extremely powerful concept on paper, but Mauga’s kit could help shake up the Tank role in Overwatch. From his innovative Ultimate to his protective abilities, there’s no one quite like him in Overwatch today.

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Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.