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Streamer explains why there are no healers in Overwatch

Published: 12/Nov/2018 18:30 Updated: 12/Nov/2018 19:28

by Bill Cooney

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Support heroes are commonly thought of as mainly healers on the Competitive Overwatch ladder, but streamer and Overwatch coach Spilo told viewers on stream that healing shouldn’t be considered the main thing these heroes are capable of.

The streamer starts out the clip by boldly claiming that “There is not a single character in Overwatch that’s a healer, there are only supports.”

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“Supports can support you via healing,” he continued. “But that is never, ever the only extent by which they can support you.”

“They can support you via sleep darts and their grenades and their discords and their damage, their damage boost, speed boost, their boops, their stuns,” Spilo told viewers as he listed all the ways supports can be used other than healing.

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“If you are going into Overwatch and you’re displeased because your heals are not providing enough for your team to succeed it’s because you’re ignoring the fact that you have the rest of your kit by which to win the game,” the streamer asserted to viewers.

Focusing simply on healing instead of fully utilizing a support hero’s kit is a mistake a lot of players make, Spilo said.

So the next time you’re queueing up for a match, try to think of all the abilities a support hero brings to the table, not just raw healing output.

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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.