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Strange Overwatch glitch traps Reaper across the map after teleporting

Published: 21/Jan/2020 17:23

by Eli Becht


Reaper’s teleport ability is a great way to cover ground in Overwatch, but it does no good when it gets you trapped inside a wall.

For the most part, Overwatch runs pretty well which is why when glitches happen, it’s all the more eye-opening.

Reaper has the power to be one of the most devastating DPS heroes in the game when he’s in the right hands. His high mobility also makes him a great choice for players who want to contest a point while their team is waiting to respawn.

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Sometimes Reaper’s teleport ability doesn’t go where you want it to.

On the verge of losing the round, Reddit user ShinWho tried to do just this and contest while he waited for backup, however, his teleport ability had other ideas.

When the player tried to teleport, the game actually moved Reaper to a random spot on the map and trapped him there, effectively losing the round for his team.

Although incidents like this are rare, it certainly does seem like they rear their ugly head at the worst possible times.

Just gave a round to the enemy team because of weird teleport bug. from Overwatch

At first glance, it might not be all that obvious as to what happened, but one Redditor thinks they cracked the code.

“It looks like you [teleported] on the Mei wall when it disappeared at the perfect time, the game didn’t know where to send you so it sent you to 0,0 which is inside a wall,” wrote SplOrange_.

We don’t know if that’s the actual reasoning behind what happened, but it does make a little bit of sense if you go back and watch the clip. At the same moment Reaper used his teleport ability, Mei’s ice wall was in the process of disappearing. It’s possible the game had no idea what to do in that situation, so it decided to banish Reaper to a wall for making it think too hard.
Whatever the case may be, this appears to be a glitch that will be pretty hard to replicate going forward, so it’s not really something players should worry about happening too much.
If it does end up becoming an issue, we’re sure Blizzard would get it addressed and fixed in a future patch.

Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”