The latest experimental patch in Overwatch is pushing the competitive hero shooter in the right direction, according to Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, who now has a new reason to be hopeful for the game’s upcoming sequel.
While Seagull might not be an active competitive in the Overwatch League anymore, he’s still deeply embedded in the Overwatch community. Through major updates and massive balance patches, he’s never shy when it comes to sharing his thoughts on a game he’s dumped thousands of hours into.
Much of his feedback over the past few months has often been quite negative. However, the DPS expert has praised Blizzard for the latest update on August 24. The experimental patch is aimed to address power creep in perhaps the most dramatic way yet.
While almost every hero was nerfed in some way, shape, or form, Seagull believes it’s an “incredible” update. One that could help improve the state of Overwatch as we approach the release of its sequel.
Even Junkrat wasn’t free from nerfs in the latest experimental patch.
“The latest Overwatch experimental card addressing power creep is incredible,” he tweeted just 24 hours after the changes were deployed. From halving Baptiste’s Regenerative Burst output to implementing damage falloff for Widowmaker, the patch dragged almost every hero down in some way.
Whether you’re a Support main or a Tank veteran, your favorite heroes were likely altered in the experimental card. This was done as a way to “reduce some heroes’ damage and healing outputs,” Blizzard explained.
“I hope the game continues in this direction,” Seagull expressed. Clearly happy with the massive nerfs across the board, he argues the experiment brought most heroes down to “reasonable power levels.”
This is especially important as we “continue into Overwatch 2,” according to the former pro turned streamer. If Blizzard is looking to recapture some of the balancing magic that attracted pros to the game early on, this seems to be a step in the right direction as far as Seagull is concerned.
The latest OW experimental card addressing power creep is incredible.
I hope the game continues in this direction and actively strives to maintain reasonable power levels for damage/healing in the game, especially as it continues into OW2.
While these drastic changes aren’t yet on the live servers – and perhaps they won’t be anytime soon – it shows that Blizzard is willing to test extreme measures. Rather than finely tuning certain abilities or doing some minor tweaking of a specific hero, the experiment offset heroes in major ways.
This could be a sign of things to come for Overwatch in the near future. It could also be a great indicator as to where Blizzard is at internally with Overwatch 2 balancing.
Only time will tell as more information comes to light. The developers have been tight-lipped since BlizzCon in 2019, but Seagull is hopeful we see something big during the Gamescom Opening Night Live broadcast on August 27.
The Overwatch League season has wrapped up for 2020, but the off-season roster shuffles are only just beginning. Ahead of the 2021 season, be sure to keep your eyes right here on Dexerto as we cover all of the major OWL moves you need to know.
San Francisco walked away from the 2020 Overwatch League season as the league’s first two-time, back-to-back winners. While it was an interesting season, to say the least, the NA squad once again proved why they are the most dominant team in Overwatch history.
However, in 2021, that could all change. After all, the off-season is a wacky and wild time where players could land anywhere.
The Shock went back-to-back in OWL 2020, taking down Seoul Dynasty in the final 4-2.
We saw big movers and shakers in the likes of the Vancouver Titans and Washington Justice in 2020, and what happens in 2021 is anyone’s guess.
Before we get stuck into the big moves, there’s a few key dates in the Overwatch League transfer period you need to be weary of.
Oct. 12, 2020: Teams may begin submitting player trades for League Office review. All player trades are subject to League Office approval prior to becoming effective. Teams may also begin extending or otherwise signing their current players to standard contracts.
Oct. 16, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2020.
Oct. 23, 2020: PSAs signed using the 2020 PSA template that are not extended terminate and such Players become free agents. Players who are signed using the 2020 PSA template whose contracts extend into the 2021 Season begin receiving Base Salary at the 2021 Season rate.
Oct. 24, 2020: Teams may begin signing free agents to contracts for the 2021 Season.
Nov. 13, 2020: Deadline by which teams must exercise any team options to extend existing contracts which were initially executed in 2019.
Nov. 20, 2020: Players whose contracts that are not extended become free agents. Teams and players also may mutually agree to an early release from contracts prior to this date.
Jan. 4, 2021: Deadline for all teams to have a minimum of seven players signed to season-long contracts for the 2021 season. (See below for changes to player contract terms for the 2021 season.)
Players who were born on or before June 30, 2003, are eligible to sign Overwatch League contracts for the 2021 season.
October 14: London Spitfire announces the release of seven players: ALTHOUGH, Babel, Clestyn, Highly, Jihun, Krillin, and Schwi.
It is with heavy hearts that we must announce that we must bid farewell to our players. We have offered free agency to most of our players to ensure that they can find a new team to thrive in with the least amount of resistance. #AcesHighpic.twitter.com/PqRIKHGAEn
Both players joined the Uprising amid a turbulent season & we're thankful for their adaptability, resilience & hard work along the way. We wish them success in 2021 & beyond! pic.twitter.com/4q3Z3mntxM
October 6: uNKOE retires from professional Overwatch to pursue Valorant.
I can finally announce that i'm LFT on VALORANT. I would like to join an EU team. I'm not ready yet for a twitlonger, will explain later what happened this season to me. And explain why i stop OW.https://t.co/KNm62mv3ym
DM for Inquiries Discord: uNKOE#5754 RTs appreciated <3