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Slasher and Richard Lewis hit out at Overwatch Community for attacking journalists

Published: 18/Feb/2019 20:58 Updated: 18/Feb/2019 22:06

by Bill Cooney

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Esports journalist Rod ‘Breslau’ Slasher criticized the Overwatch community for attacking journalists and others who leak information about Overwatch and the Overwatch League.

The issue of trying to report on the Overwatch Community came up in a discussion between Slasher and Richard Lewis had on the latest episode of the Dexerto Talk Show.

“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen, since the early days of League of Legends,” Lewis said about the Overwatch Community. “I’ve never seen a community so incapable of grasping the basics of reporting and attacking reporters.”

Robert Paul/The Overwatch League

Slasher explained that the disconnect between the Competitive Overwatch and Casual Overwatch communities contributes to the misunderstanding some fans have.

“The traditional Overwatch community and the Competitive Overwatch community area so far apart, and this is the fault of Blizzard for that happening, where a lot of casual Overwatch fans really don’t know what the fuck is going on in terms of esports as a whole,” he told Lewis. “Let alone being able to understand the journalism around the space.”

“A lot of the things they’ve done to bring in fans who otherwise wouldn’t watch esports is good,” Slasher said about the Overwatch League. “But I do think at the same time it’s brought in like, a lot of the new age, very young Millennial, Generation Z ‘stan’ culture.”

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While “stan” culture has brought some good things to esports, Slasher said it had made things “really weird” when reporting on the space.

“[Stan culture] clashes with the traditional ‘gamer culture’ and these two things don’t necessarily fit with each other,” he explained. “So when they come together in Overwatch more so than any other game, the community gets upset with prickly people or people who push the edge.”

Robert Paul/The Overwatch League

“Whenever a player gets traded or signed in Overwatch, fans in Overwatch almost lose their shit like “Why!? How could this happen?” Slasher said. “They want to protect their favorite players, and then I guess the whole Overwatch League more than they want to try and listen to the truth, a lot of it being very negative.”

Slasher did say that the Overwatch community had been good to him most of the time when it comes to reporting on the game, but there’s still seems to be plenty of misunderstanding and outrage when fans catch wind of unfavorable news.

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Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.