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Role queue in doubt as Overwatch League reportedly vetoes role lock

Published: 17/May/2019 11:07 Updated: 17/May/2019 11:40

by Joe O'Brien


Reports suggest that the Overwatch League isn’t going to move to a 2-2-2 role lock for the upcoming Stage 3 after all.

It was initially reported by Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau that Blizzard are planning major changes to the way the game works and that these changes would likely be debuted in the Overwatch League.


While Slasher wasn’t explicit about what those changes might be, the implication many took from it was that Blizzard were considering implementing role restrictions.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Overwatch League won’t be implementing a role lock yet.

Game director Jeff Kaplan has discussed the possibility of a role queue as being something that the developers are open to on multiple occasions in recent months, and debuting such a change in the OWL, where players can simply be told to follow role lock rules, would seemingly make sense ahead of implementing the change in-game, which Kaplan has said requires months of work.


Unfortunately for fans hoping to see a role lock, according to a report by Overwatch journalist Arran ‘Halo’ Brown role restrictions will not be implemented for the next stage of the Overwatch League, which kicks off on June 6.

Despite all 20 of the league’s teams reportedly pushing for a role lock rule to be implemented, the Overwatch League itself has apparently vetoed the idea.

The report comes as disappointing news for both fans of the league and Overwatch players hoping to see a role queue soon, as Blizzard’s hesitation to implement a role lock rule in the OWL would seem to suggest that they’re not ready to make such a drastic change to the game, at least at this time.


Blizzard EntertainmentA role queue would lock players into a particular role for the duration of a game.

Why have a role lock?

A role lock would see players restricted to playing heroes within a particular role for the duration of the match, forcing teams to maintain a certain balance of roles. If Blizzard were to ever introduce a role lock, it would almost certainly enforce a 2-2-2 composition, with an even split of Tank, Support, and Damage heroes.

In matchmaking, this would mean that teams are forced to run at least a somewhat viable composition, negating the possibility for teams to end up stuck in line-ups without the tanks or supports necessary to realistically work. Players could also be given different ranks for separate roles, improving the chances of properly balanced matches.

Though role lock technically means fewer options, for pro players it would likely be a welcome break, as for many months now the highest level of play has been dominated by the triple-tank, triple support GOATS composition that has been criticized by players and viewers alike.


From Blizzard’s perspective, it also makes balancing heroes somewhat easier, as there are fewer possible combinations in which they can be used and therefore fewer scenarios that the developers have to account for when determining how powerful a hero should be.


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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


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.


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.

Overwatch player Tiago
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.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
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.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
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.