Shanghai Dragons Director says Blizzard can do more to stop Overwatch toxicity - Dexerto

Shanghai Dragons Director says Blizzard can do more to stop Overwatch toxicity

Published: 12/Jan/2019 20:44 Updated: 13/Jan/2019 0:36

by Vincent Genova


Michael “Irvine Panda” thinks Blizzard can do more in preventing the toxicity found in some Overwatch lobbies.

“Some of the most horrible, sexist and racist things I’ve heard were from in-game and voice chat [in Overwatch],” said Michael, who is the Operations Director for the Shanghai Dragons Overwatch League team.

Part of his concern is the amount of minors playing the game, which is rated “Teen” in the United States and “12” in Europe. Michael thinks Blizzard can do a better job policing the in-game behavior of it’s community, saying “I think Blizzard can to do more to control toxicity especially with many minors playing OW.”

The Shanghai Director’s comments come at a time of debate in the Overwatch community, set off by the “Ellie” story of a male OW prospect pretending to be a woman on a different account.

The incident has brought to light broader issues like toxicity in online gaming and the lack of women in esports.

Overwatch streamer and former pro xQc, no stranger to controversy himself, called out gaming culture for “bottlenecking” women trying to become professional esport players.

Blizzard has not indicated changes are on the way for how they ban players or control toxicity, but they did explain how the fake Ellie account almost joined an Overwatch Contenders team.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
Blizzard Entertainment
Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.