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YouTuber roasts Blizzard with fake Overwatch Developer update featuring Jeff Kaplan

Published: 9/Jan/2019 2:14 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 2:48

by Alan Bernal

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Blizzard hasn’t been making the most popular choices in the eyes of its fans lately, and popular YouTube clip splicer Dinoflask is back with an extremely harsh but presumably honest faux message from the Overwatch Developers.

The YouTuber has made a name for themselves as a source of hilarious but sometimes ripping content, since his videos are caked with alternating layers of humor and criticism toward the developers at Blizzard.

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In his latest mashup, Dinoflask once again borrows sound bytes from Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan to digitally say what some of the community members have been feeling over the company’s recent decisions.

Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard come out with frequent video updates about their game, but a creative YouTube creator famously finds ways to alter the message.

The latest diss video uses the VP to discuss issues around Overwatch’s latest hero Ashe, Blizzard’s realigned priorities as a game developer, frustration over the state of the esport, and more.

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“If you look very closely, you’ll notice that Ashe is actually just a white Widowmaker with the ‘Ass-slider’ set to the very low end,” Dinoflask edited Kaplan to say. “It’s one of those really tough design trade-offs that we feel we have to make in order for us to release new heroes now that over half of the development has been moved to mobile games that no one really wanted in the first place.”

The latter half is a harsh criticism but one that resounded among the Blizzard fan community following BlizzCon 2018 and the subsequent decisions of the company.

The video is laced with incredibly diverse clips of Kaplan that mocks some of the things that Blizzard really want fans to be hyped about, such as the brand-new esports viewers, the upcoming Overwatch League season, and more, that simply failed to please most in the community.

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The video is being met with tremendous applause from fans as this might be the video that best demonstrates the sentiments of Overwatch players everywhere.

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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.