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Simple Overwatch change would let Pharah rule the skies

Published: 23/Jul/2020 0:27

by Bill Cooney

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A simple change made by a player to Pharah in Overwatch’s Workshop could help her reclaim the skies from all of those Echo players that have been popping up lately.

For a long time, Pharah was the undisputed queen of the skybox in Overwatch – until the arrival of Echo seriously challenged her aerial supremacy, but one small adjustment could go a long way towards fixing that.

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Reddit user ‘samasaurus6’ took to the Workshop mode and retooled Pharah’s jetpack to make it operate similar to Mercy’s Angelic Descent when low on fuel, which means she floats slowly down instead of her usual, jerky movement.

We have to say the final product does look quite clean, and it would make aiming much easier for Pharah players once they run out of fuel in the air – though it wouldn’t necessarily make her completely overpowered.

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I used the PTR Workshop to let Pharah glide with Hover Jets when she’s bingo on fuel! from Overwatch

“I don’t know if I like this idea or not, but I was thinking about other things I could change/do with the new PTR “ability resource” stuff, and Pharah’s Hover Jets immediately came to mind,” samasuarus said. “I used the Workshop to let Pharah glide/hover rather than her usual short bursts to descend. I accomplished this by never letting the fuel gauge start refilling if you are holding space and applying a slight downward impulse once the player has a positive Y velocity.”

Almost instantly, it’s clear from samasuarus’s clip how much smoother this would make playing Pharah, but before you go assuming she would be way too OP, it’s worth considering how much easier she would be to shoot down.

Any Mercy player worth their salt knows that simply holding down Angellic Descent and slowly floating is basically an open invitation for the enemy Widow to end your life, and Pharah players would have to quickly learn that they’re much more vulnerable if this change were to happen.

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Pharah would be much more dangerous with this upgrade idea, but she would also be a much easier target.

In fact, Pharah mains would probably adopt a similar method to Mercy players, who usually tap the Angelic Descent to make their path more unpredictable to enemies making it similar to Pharah’s current low-fuel movement pattern, ironically enough.

Like we mentioned, this isn’t an actual change, just one that a player came up with using the Workshop, but it is a great idea to level the playing field between Pharah and Echo, who definitely has an easier and smoother time flying around.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.