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This old Mercy highlight shows how much Overwatch has changed

Published: 29/Jan/2019 16:02 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 16:07

by Joe O'Brien

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In the two and a half years since Overwatch’s release, the game has changed significantly.

As well as making new additions to the game, Blizzard have continued to adjust and rework existing content in pursuit of balance, and one of the biggest subjects to change over the years has been Mercy.

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Mercy has long been one of the game’s most contentious heroes, enormously popular with some players while simultaneously hugely criticized by others.

Those who watched Stage 1 of the Overwatch League will remember the last time that Mercy was considered exceptionally powerful. At that time, Mercy could resurrect one team-mate with her regular ability, and then reset the cooldown with her ultimate and resurrect another. In this form, Mercy was so powerful that she was the most frequently picked hero in the game.

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This version of Mercy only entered the game after a rework, however, and prior to that overhaul she was even more powerful.

BlizzardMercy’s Resurrect was originally even more powerful.

When Overwatch originally released, Mercy’s Resurrection was her ultimate ability. Rather than being limited to bringing a single hero back to life, however, Mercy could bring back any team-mates who had died within a certain radius when she used it.

Timed right, then, Mercy could reset a fight entirely for her team, bringing all five members back to life.

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As ridiculous as that sounds in itself, there were scenarios in which Mercy’s Resurrection could be even more absurd. When defending the final point of Gibraltar, for instance, it was possible for Mercy to use it from the safety of the spawn room to resurrect her team-mates on the point above.

Pre-rework and pre-Gibraltar patch Mercy from r/Overwatch

Fortunately, Blizzard saw the issues with this state of the game and eventually fixed the Gibraltar exploit and reworked Mercy. While inevitably not all players will agree that Mercy is in exactly the right place right now, most should at least recognize that her not being able to nullify an entire fight single-handedly is probably a step in the right direction.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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