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When is Baptiste going live in Overwatch?

Published: 12/Mar/2019 23:13 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 20:52

by Bill Cooney

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Baptiste, the newest Overwatch hero has been on the PTR for a couple weeks, and players are wondering when he’ll come to the main game and consoles.

UPDATE 3/13: Blizzard has announced that Baptiste will be available in the main game and on console beginning March 19.

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New Overwatch heroes always spend some time on the PTR before being released to the main game and consoles.

The time spent on the test region varies from hero to hero, but on average they usually spend about three weeks being tested before going live.

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Baptiste was revealed and released to the PTR on February 25, which would make Tuesday, March 19 a likely candidate for when he’ll be going live, based on that three week rule.

Overwatch updates usually happen on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, so there are a few opportunities in the next few weeks for Baptiste to arrive.

For example, Brigitte was released to the PTR on February 28, 2018, and went live on March 20, a little over three weeks later.

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When Baptiste is added to the main game it will also be the first time console players will be able to try the new hero, since Xbox and PS4 players can’t access the PTR.

Once he does go live, it will be one week before Baptiste will be available in Competitive play, but he will be playable in Quick Play, Custom Games and Arcade Mode.

There are also a ton of updates to various Overwatch heroes on the PTR right now as well, and there’s a good chance those could go live along with Baptiste.

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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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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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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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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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