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Overwatch • Feb 25, 2019

Shroud explains how to fix the Overwatch League

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Shroud explains how to fix the Overwatch League
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Popular streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained how he thinks the Overwatch League could be improved.

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Shroud came into contention with the Overwatch community recently after he posted a tweet that appeared to be mocking the Overwatch League.

When discussing it on his stream, however, shroud revealed that it wasn’t the game itself that he took issue with, but rather the current prevailing meta.

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Overwatch has faced criticism from viewers and players alike recently for the dominance of “GOATS”, a triple-tank, triple-support composition named for the Contenders team that popularized it.

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GOATS has been the subject of much criticism in recent months.

Between the sheer power of the composition reducing diversity as in many cases it appears to be the optimal choice, and the fact that GOATS lacks the DPS characters that often make for the flashiest plays and most exciting moments, plenty of fans would undoubtedly agree with shroud that the game has become less entertaining to watch in the GOATS era.

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Unfortunately, it seems shroud doesn’t have faith in Blizzard to work out how to improve it themselves. He did have a simple suggestion for figuring it out, however.

“It’s a great game, it really is. Just the devs don’t know what the fuck they’re doing. They don’t know how to make a fun viewing experience,” shroud said, “It’s literally probably as easy as just listening to the pros.”

A former professional player himself in CS:GO, it’s little surprise that shroud puts his faith in pro players to have the greatest understanding of how the game should be played and what elements need to change.

Unfortunately, it does appear that shroud’s diagnosis might have some truth to it, as despite what look like attempts to curb the GOATS meta with repeated nerfs to Brigitte and buffs to the supposedly tank-busting Reaper, the strategy still prevails in many cases at the highest level.

It may well be, however, that a major shake-up is on the way, as Blizzard is now gearing up to introduce the game’s 30th hero, who is expected to be revealed by the beginning of March.

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