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Servers crash during Overwatch Open Division Grand Final

Published: 3/Feb/2019 19:35 Updated: 3/Feb/2019 19:49

by Vincent Genova


An unfortunate server error spoiled the Overwatch Australian Open Division Grand Final, crashing in the middle of the match.

Paradigm Shift made a dream run through the Losers Bracket to meet X69 Gaming in the Grand Finals, who were dominant up in Winners.

The teams were all tied up at two maps a piece and were in the middle of a hotly contested point on Volskaya. Then, the Australian servers decided the matchup was going to wait a little bit.

The casters were stunned into silence while trying to process what just happened, before saying, “it seems we’ve had an unexpected error in the server.”

Trying to lighten the mood of a Grand Final being interrupted by a server crash, the casters made a joke in reference to Overwatch’s hacking hero, Sombra.

Blizzard EntertainmentDid anyone see Sombra when the Australian Overwatch servers crashed?

The Overwatch Open Division is a part of the new Path to Pro system. The top four teams from the Open Division will qualify for a relegation tournament called Trials, where they will play the bottom four teams of the Contenders Division.

The Trials will determine the Contenders teams for the following season. Thankfully, the server crash had no bearing on who will qualify for Trials, since both teams had already secured a top four placing.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.