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Role Lock reportedly coming to Overwatch League for Stage 4

Published: 24/Jun/2019 23:55 Updated: 25/Jun/2019 0:06

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League will reportedly be implementing a 2-2-2 Role Lock beginning in Stage 4 of the current season.

Implementing some sort of role lock has been talked about for some time in the Overwatch Community and 2-2-2 would only allow a team to field two supports, two tanks and two DPS heroes at a time.

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According to a report by Upcomer, Multiple sources inside the Overwatch League have said that the rumored 2-2-2 role lock would be put in place for Stage 4.

Blizzard EntertainmentTeams would be limited to 2 supports, 2 tanks and 2 DPS under the new system.

The end of GOATs?

Limiting teams to 2 of each hero would effectively remove GOATs (which is basically three tanks and three supports) from Overwatch League play.

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According to Upcomer, it’s not known whether the system will be implemented for all Overwatch players, but based on how Blizzard has handled the Overwatch League and updates in the past, it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility.

Forcing a 2-2-2 Role Lock would be one of the biggest changes to happen to Overwatch Competitive since getting rid of the “no hero limit” rule, which let teams choose as many of one hero as they wanted. Basically, every match used to be no-limits.

According to the report teams only learned about the change in early June, which would leave them around a month and a half to prepare before the start of Stage 4 on July 26.

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Overwatch LeagueSwitching to a role lock would be one of the biggest changes Overwatch and the League have ever seen.

Can we expect 2-2-2 in our games?

If we look back to the replay feature, the Overwatch League client was announced before the main game feature came out, but a replay system and role lock are two different animals entirely.

Blizzard could be holding back on the announcement to avoid upsetting fans and players who don’t want to see a role lock implemented, but at this point everyone will be waiting for official word from the publisher on whether or not it’s actually happening.

Jeff Kaplan did tease “big changes” coming to Overwatch this summer, and role lock of any kind would certainly be one of the biggest changes they could make to the game.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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