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Role Queue finally comes to Overwatch Competitive Season 18 and Quick Play

Published: 3/Sep/2019 23:17 Updated: 3/Sep/2019 23:49

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s new Role Queue system went live in Quick Play on Tuesday, September 3, just before Competitive Season 18 started.

UPDATE 9/3 4:45 PM PT: Overwatch Competitive Season 18 has now officially begun with Role Queue included. Full story continues below:

Role Queue in Competitive was supposed to go live on August 31, but the release date got pushed back a week due to some serious bugs with matchmaking.

“Hey everyone, when Season 18 went live matchmaking values from prior seasons weren’t being respected,” Overwatch Developer Bill Warnecke wrote on the official forums. “We’re extending the Role Queue Beta Season while we work on a fix for this bug, we expect to be ready for Season 18 early next week.”

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What’s different about Quick Play now?

With Role Queue now in Quick Play, players will have to choose between DPS, Support and Tank when they enter a game, just like in the Competitive Beta Season.

Regular old QP is still around though; it can now be found in the Arcade under the name “Quick Play Classic”. It’s sort of like Overwatch’s mini version of WoW Classic.

Role Lock was introduced by accident to Quick Play along with the massive August 13 Overwatch patch that brought Sigma and the new Competitive Beta Season into the game.

The bug basically locked each role after two characters from the role was chosen. As Reddit user RetroBowser said, “It’s Role Lock Quick Play, but without role queue.”

Luckily, Blizzard fixed the bug only a few hours after it was reported by players and so far, the official Quick Play Role Queue release seems to be going much smoother.

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When does Competitive Season 18 start?

Warnecke said in his post on the official Blizzard forums that he expected Competitive Season 18 to begin, with Role Queue included, “sometime next week” which was pretty accurate, because it began the same day as Quick Play – Tuesday, September 3.

There were some excited tweets from Overwatch players due to a glitch that showed Season 18 on the Competitive Card earlier in the day, instead of the beta season – but it just turned out to be an early tease from Blizzard.

Overwatch players didn’t have to wait long for Competitive Season 18 to start and the Role Queue era to officially begin.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.