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Widowmaker and McCree banned again in Overwatch April 27 hero pool

Published: 27/Apr/2020 2:13

by Andrew Amos

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Echo is back in the Overwatch hero pool for Week 9, but it comes at a cost. While some of her biggest counters in Widowmaker and McCree are gone, so is her biggest ally in Mercy, alongside Wrecking Ball.

April 27’s hero pool in Overwatch has brought Echo back into the mix at the cost of four other heroes.

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McCree, Widowmaker, Mercy, and Wrecking Ball will be unavailable for play starting on April 27 until May 4, after the quartet were taken away after this week’s Overwatch League action.

Overwatch April 27 hero pool bans McCree, Widowmaker, Wrecking Ball, and Mercy
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McCree, Widowmmaker, Wrecking Ball, and Mercy will be unavailable for play for the next week in Overwatch.

Widowmaker and McCree have been banned as a duo three times since the inception of hero bans. McCree has been banned at every possible opportunity too, with the DPS character proving to be a nuisance in ranked play.

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Mercy’s removal comes as a slight surprise, given numerous other supports like Ana are must-picks over her. Regardless, her removal will be a detriment to Echo players returning to the fold, with the Swiss medic being the best hero at enabling Overwatch’s new DPS.

Wrecking Ball’s ban might be of little consequence to Overwatch League players, given that Reinhardt has seen the majority of play time. However, it could make the lives of ranked players just that little bit easier, not having to deal with the hamster in your backline.

As with every hero pool, while some heroes depart, others rejoin the roster. Tracer, Orisa, and Moira will be rejoining the fray alongside Echo for the next week.

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Double shield could then be making a resurgence, with Orisa and Sigma both being available at the same time, with Hanzo and Mei still on the board. The popular duos of Reinhardt-Zarya, Reinhardt-D.Va, and D.Va-Winston could also see some play.

However, we won’t be seeing Pharmercy taking to the skies for the third week in five, with one of either Pharah or Mercy taking time off in recent pools.

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Echo is rejoining the active roster this week in Overwatch.

The Week 9 hero pool for Overwatch will activate on Monday, April 27, and will run until May 4.

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This week will also mark the first time teams in the Overwatch League will be able to play Echo, so if you want to watch the pros handle Hero 32, now’s your best chance.

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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.