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World of Warcraft

WoW Classic streamers are being muted for a truly bizarre reason

Published: 10/Nov/2020 16:18 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 22:03

by Lauren Bergin

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World of Warcraft: Classic is one of the most iconic games of all time, attracting viewers and streamers from around the globe. However, one streamer has been muted due to a copyright strike on wind noises. 

Amid a host of DMCA copyright strikes that has seen the Twitch universe descend into chaos, it seems that no music is safe to play during streams.

Popular streamers such as summit1g and xQc have all spoken out against the new wave of takedowns, with even iconic former CS:GO pro shroud calling for streamers to unite in the face of DMCA adversity. 

In a similar vein, a Polish World of Warcraft streamer has had a vod of his stream muted due to a copyright strike that seems very odd.

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WoW Classic streamers are pretty confused by their vods being muted.

Why was the vod muted?

Polish WoW streamer Michał ‘michalronin’ Ronin received a seemingly uncalled for mute on his most recent Twitch vod because of the sound of in-game wind noises.

The streamer clarified that any music that was playing was just “in-game WoW music, played by the game itself”, and that the mute had occurred during his Sen’Jin Village explorations.

He followed this up with a screenshot of Twitch’s reason for muting him.

According to Twitch, the howling wind apparently belonged to a clip belonging to The Hollywood Edge Sound Effects Gallery and was part of a track named ‘Medium Wind Storm with Gusts, Whistles and Low Rumble”.

Michał went on to appeal to Blizzard in an attempt to get this rather confusing state of affairs sorted out, but it looks as though there has been no followup from either Blizzard or Twitch.

Hopefully this is amended quickly, as it seems somewhat bizarre to punish streamers for things that are entirely out of their hands. Music adds so much ambiance to games such as WoW, and so to have streamers have to play them muted for fear of copyright strikes will ruin the mood of the stream itself.

Fingers crossed this is just a one off and that Michał’s tweet has alerted other streamers to possible future repercussions.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends dev explains why “useless” Wattson won’t get more buffs

Published: 26/Nov/2020 5:27 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 5:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Bad news Wattson fans… Respawn has no plans to buff the Apex Legends engineer again in Season 7, despite the fact much of the battle royale’s player base believes the Static Defender is “useless” in her current state.

Wattson who has been part of the ever-growing Apex Legends roster since mid-2019, was recently handed a buff in Season 7’s ‘Ascension’ patch; her signature ability, “Perimeter Security,” had its damage topped up slightly.

According to the Apex Legends community, however, the French defender is still relatively “useless” in the Season 7 meta. In fact, the view is so widespread that a Reddit thread simply titled “Buff Wattson please” racked up 15.1k upvotes, and more than 125 awards.

In the thread, ‘BaguettePaquette’ declared: “It’s time to radically remake Wattson. Not just +5 to fences, but the whole concept of a ‘defending legend’.”

Unfortunately, when an Apex Legends dev did finally arrive in the thread, it was to deliver bad news: there are no plans to give Wattson more buffs in Season 7, despite the defender’s low pick rate in public playlists and ranked lobbies.

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Wattson has been dubbed “useless” by the wider Apex Legends player base.

Wattson isn’t “useless,” says Apex dev

The reason, game designer Daniel Z. Klein explained, is twofold. The first is that Wattson is “all over the place” in pro play. According to the dev, who “rewound the final game,” four of the final six squads in ALGS finals included a Wattson.

The second was a rebuttal to the Reddit thread’s suggestion Wattson is “useless,” both on new map Olympus, and in all Apex Legends lobbies.

“I’m going to respectfully disagree… on Olympus, or elsewhere. You’re confusing two things; pick rate and effectiveness,” Klein said. “Yes, she’s lowest pick rate, but her win rate is very good. She’s is top 4 across most power metrics.”

The “fun” problem: why no one plays Wattson

The problem, he continued, is that Wattson “isn’t super fun for most people.” Her abilities are based around holding choke points, which Apex Legends players often shy away from.

“[That] means we can’t just put power into her until she’s more widely played, because she’s already very near the top of our power charts; on the other hand, it means that putting power into her won’t address the problem either,” he said.

“It’s not that people pick her and fail to be effective. Clearly the people who do run her have more success than on most other characters. There’s something about the FEELING of playing her that isn’t attractive, and power doesn’t fix that.”

Wattson Apex Legends screenshot
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The French defender is powerful, but fails to be “fun” in public lobbies.

Rework may be one possible solution

So, no more Wattson buffs in Season 7, especially as she continues to hit top scores on many of Respawn’s hidden metrics. A rework though? That’s another story.

“Your suggestion for a rework is most promising,” Klein admitted, but said there are two issues there; the cost ⁠— “reworks are incredibly expensive” ⁠— and two, she already fills an area “very needed” in competitive play: defensive strengths.

“I don’t think she should be 100% or near 100% pick rate in competitive… ideally we find a rework that makes at least part of her kit exciting in the moment, while not losing her identity as a structure giver,” the Apex developer concluded.

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Mirage (pictured) and Lifeline have both got reworks; could Wattson be next?

There was a glimmer of hope for fans of the French defender, however. Klein admitted he “could be convinced to buff her” in an effort to “throw a bone to Wattson mains,” but promised that “wouldn’t change the problems.”

For now, Wattson mains should hold tight. There’s a rework in the pipes that may eventually land, and more buffs are possible; it may just take a bit of begging!