Dive Comp Misconceptions Debunked


winston_skin_potg_play_game_serious_random

Dive compositions are everywhere but because the playstyle is so aggressive and fast, it can be very easy to make mistakes. In this video FREEDO breaks down a few if the most common mistakes that are common to playing the mode in Overwatch Gameplay. Video and discussion by Your Overwatch

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Competitive Play, Discussions, Guide, News, Video |

Reddit: Sombra and Symmetra helped me through an anxiety attack


symmetra_sombra

A thank you to the voice actors behind Sombra and Symmetra on Reddit. Original post.

The voice actors are Carolina Ravassa for Sombra (Twitter, Instagram, her YouTube series) and Anjali Bhimani for Symmetra (Twitter, IMDB, YouTube).

“I was vollunteering at an incredibly busy convention and the day all round was just extremely stressful for me. I had been helping the two voice actors for the first two days and they got know my face and recognized i was in distress. They were incredibly caring and helped me through it better then most people ever have. After that I got back to work there was another instant where I just needed to leave but I wanted to say thank you to the beautiful people who helped me and I did. And they were so incredibly generous, thankful for all I had done for them that weekend, and gave me the biggest warmest hugs in the world. And if that’s not all they were nice enough to give me autographs and hope I get well soon. Seeing these actors so passionate for their fans and their work was just incredible and turned a really crappy experience into one of the greatest in my life. I will probably never see these people again and I only met them the day before but I hope they know that what they did changed my life.”

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Links, News |

New Leaked Overwatch Maps! Summer Games Event?


event_patch_summergames_season

Check out these brand new leaked Overwatch maps!

One escort, one control. Special thanks to Richard Gryffon for his initial post! Video by Overwatch Curios and original Reddit post can be found here.

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Discussions, Environment, News, Video |

Respect! Jeff Kaplan And Gamer SharkyMarky Apologizes – Now Friends.


friends_team

Forum and Reddit user SharkyMarky had some wonderful information about how Jeff Kaplan responded after the bluepost that was made (below). In short; While some good feedback was given to Jeff the second time around, SharkyMarky had a personal exchange of words with the developer and was proven that they do care about everyone.

Does blizzard even play their own game?

SharkyMarky: nuff said

Jeff Kaplan: We play the game a lot. Looking at your profile, I’ve won approximately 800 more games than you have. That’s not counting the daily internal playtests I am in, the time I spent in Alpha and Beta.

Did you have a specific question or are you just here trolling? [source]


So yes, I was the rude forum poster and to whoever reads this, me and Jeff are cool now. Basically I wanted to formally apologize to Jeff but I didn’t know how to contact him. So I got into a blizzard live support chat to find a way to contact him. The support member ( Kallafrax ) was kind enough to let me convey an apology and the reason I was so mad. I was tilted over widowmaker so I left some suggestions for her and I left my apology. Approximately an hour lately I get an email from Jeff saying this

Hi SharkyMarky,

Customer Service Representative Kallafrax just contacted me with the details of your ticket.

I felt compelled to reach out to you directly for two reasons:

  • Apologize
  • Thank you for the feedback

side_jump_attack_mccree_mei_mercy_numbani_defendSo first, I’m sorry for calling you out publicly on our forums. It was unprofessional and lacked good judgement on my part. To explain (and not excuse) what I did, I was simply feeling worn down at the moment. My team and my company care so much about feedback. So much so that one of the company values – which is bronzed around our Orc Statue in the center of campus – is “Every Voice Matters”. We’re constantly taking critical feedback – as we should be. On a personal level, I get frustrated and annoyed when people take “shots” at us without actually stating what their issue is. How are we supposed to act on feedback if the feedback is nothing but an insult? We get tons of feedback each day that we both agree and disagree with, and we love hearing it. But it’s super demoralizing to us to simply get insulted. To imply that we don’t play our game or that we don’t love our game is just straight up false.

Our team cares so deeply for what we’ve created and equally – if not more so – for our players.

I’m really sorry I replied the way I did and I hope it hasn’t brought any unwarranted attention from other players to you. If anyone is harassing you, please let me know.

Secondly, thanks for providing such detailed feedback on Widowmaker. I know people hate when I say this, but we really are keeping a very close eye on her. Widowmaker is one of those heroes whose usefulness greatly ebbs and flows depending on the current “accepted” meta as well as the map pool. Lately, we’re seeing a rise in Widow play. We’re starting to see Widow’s in the Top 1000 and she’s getting more and more use in pro play. The resurgence of Pharah has also led to a rise in the prevalence of Widow play. Your hook suggestions are interesting and not difficult for us to implement. We do want to be careful though. Widow should have some counters. I know as much as Widow players hate Winston and D.Va diving them, that’s kind of their job. We’ve had states of the meta in both live and in beta where Widow was too dominant and the resultant gameplay was not very fun. Because of the ability to 1 shot kill heroes, we have to be extremely careful with her so there is some counterplay in the mix.

widowmaker_venom_mineRegarding Venom Mine, when we first implemented it it did significant damage. So much so that we had to tone it down. We eventually settled on its role being more about “detection and awareness” and less about lethality. Maybe it could use a little bump on damage? It’s quite possible.

Geoff, our Hero Designer, plays a ton of Widowmaker and is very good with her. So we do have some expertise with her directly on the team. We wrestle with that collective feedback from the forums which is “why are you guys always changing stuff” vs. “Blizzard takes too long to balance”. Obviously, those two statements are in direct conflict but our forums are riddled with both statements.

Anyway, SharkyMarky, I’m really sorry. I shouldn’t have used a dedicated and loyal player like you to make a point. You didn’t deserve that.

I hope you forgive me and realize that my actions are a reflection of my own personal flaws and don’t speak directly for the awesome folks I work with here at Blizzard.

All the best to you,

Jeffrey

p.s. I’m not sure if you’re a World of Warcraft player, but please enjoy a year Subscription on me: (not putting it here lol)

If you don’t play WoW, have fun making a WoW player’s day!”

I replied with this. “I really cannot put into words how appreciative I am that you took time out of your busy day to respond to me about this situation. I’m really glad I was able to reach you. In no way did I really mean what I said and it’s totally acceptable what you said in response because I’ll be honest I laughed really hard. I understand the heavy pressure you guys go through so please excuse my comment.

I really can’t believe I’m talking to you and I’m so glad some of my suggestions got to you. I know some of them wouldn’t really fit in the game but I’m happy to know that you guys are keeping Widowmaker in mind.

In conclusion, seriously thank you for responding and I’m so sorry I disrespected not only you but the overwatch team. You guys are the working on the only game I play and I appreciate you all so much.

Thank you.

600px-Widowmaker_Skin_NoireP.S. I don’t really play WoW and I don’t know anyone who plays it but maybe I could trade it to someone for a Widowmaker Noire preorder skin key. Thank you for it anyways maybe I’ll end up trying the game out. ”

I forgot to tell him that I wasn’t being majorly harassed or anything so I also said this. “Reading over your email again, just wanting to let you I have not receive any sort on harassment that was too unbearable. Just people saying “Wrestle with Jeff, prepare for death” haha. Feel free to respond to me whenever you have time.

Cheers. ”

He responds with…

“Hey there.

Well you and I both have to get used to this “Wrestle” thing… so welcome to the club. lol?

Check your account. You should have Noire Widowmaker.

If you haven’t redeemed that WoW key yet, be a hero to a WoW player on their forums or on their sub reddit and give someone a miracle. If you already redeemed it, check out Legion! It’s an awesome expansion. Easily their best yet.

All the best,

jeffrey”

I was really surprised that he did that for me so if y’all think the overwatch team doesn’t care about players individually they do.

I respond with… “Thank you so much Mr. Kaplan! Have an awesome day and thank you for such a great game! ”

And he finishes it with…”Thank you as well. Peace, friend.

So moral of the story, appreciates the devs. Don’t be rude like I was because they truly care about their players. I’ve learned from my mistakes that Jeff is indeed a force to be reckoned with.

For those of you who are doubting if this is legit I will link pictures here (and source).

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Bluepost, News, Video |

Advanced Guide: How to heal Genji


pop_potg_lucio_genji_tracer_team_quickplay

Genji is not easy to heal as ana in overwatch at the best of times, but in this advanced guide we break down the core fundamentals required to learn in order to stay alive and heal your team. Video and guide by Your Overwatch

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Guide, News, Video |

The New Arcade. Troll Bans. Become Krusher99 – The path to stardom begins here!


unit-lost

New 6v6 limited elimination arcade mode, troll/thrower accounts to face harsh punishments and Horizons patch date. Videos by Unit Lost – Great British Gaming

competitive_play_rank_tournament_mode

The path to stardom begins here

If you’re ranked Master or higher, assemble your team to compete in the Overwatch Open Division. This entry-level program for aspiring professionals will be the proving ground where players can test their strengths as teammates.

Step 1 – Hone your skills in Quick Play

Hit the Quick Play card to begin your training. Learn the basics of team roles and experiment with heroes in unranked play to find your favorites. As you level up, you’ll learn map layouts and hopefully find new allies along the way.

Step 2 – Start Competitive Play

Once you reach level 25, head over to Competitive Play to determine your rank and begin your climb to the top. You’ll learn more advanced team compositions and map tactics – teamwork and communication will be key as you gain experience and increase your skill rating.

Step 3 – Step out into the Open Division

To compete in the Open Division, you must achieve Master rank or higher (skill rating 3500+) in Competitive Play’s most recent season. You’ll face other top-ranked players and teams in your region in a structured format, and begin an exciting, challenging journey towards the world of professional Overwatch.

Sign up for Overwatch Open Division here!

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Discussions, Event, News, Video |

Crosshairs & The Mercy Bug


Mercy_random

Horizon Lunar Colony is set to go live next week June 20th.

  • Patch changing Roadhog, McCree and Reaper ‘s Overwatch Gameplay will go live as well as some unannounced Crosshair Options.
  • Reinhardt’s hammer swing detection bug should be fixed next week as well, but no word yet on the Mercy Rez bug that stops some heroes from ‘never dying’ [get it?] when they are shown on screen to be in range to be rez’d, hopefully that gets patched too.
  • Last two stories are report options for hackers on the Blizzard website and a question for you all :
  • Were you disappointed in the Overwatch Anniversary event?
  • Video by Your Overwatch

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Development, Discussions, News, Video |

Overwatch Dance References


dance

Overwatch Dance Emotes have a bunch of pop culture references behind them – discover all Overwatch Dances with sources here!

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Development, Discussions, Lore, News, Video |

New Map Preview: Horizon Lunar Colony


Horizon Lunar Colony_environment_moon_assault_map (3)

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Overwatch’s newest map, Horizon Lunar Colony! The journey to Horizon begins on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One June 20, 2017.

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Development, Environment, News, Video |

Is Junkrat Never Viable!?


junkrat33

In this video we discuss the junkrat problem part 2, focusing on what makes junkrat viable and what parts of his kit are strong and weak. Video and discussion by Your Overwatch

↑ Go Back Up - Posted in Discussions, Heroes & Roles, News, Video |