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DEVELOPER - Blizzard Entertainment | RELEASE DATE - May 24, 2016 | PLATFORMS - PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One



Thanks to Azoor for the title and Dance Inferno for the words!


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Overwatch is Blizzardís first new IP in 19 years and is a multiplayer FPS that pits two teams of 6 against each other in short, objective-based modes. The game is available on next-gen consoles and PC and currently has 4 multiplayer modes: 3 asymmetrical (one team attacks, one team defends) and 1 symmetrical (king of the hill). There are 22 heroes, each with unique abilities to choose from and fitting a specific role: Offense, Defense, Support, and Tank. Heroes have 2-3 abilities and an ultimate, which is charged up by doing damage to enemy heroes (it also charges up slowly over time). All abilities function on a cooldown and do not cost any resources to use, so you are free to use your abilities whenever they are off cooldown. There is also no ammo to pick up or run out of. You do have to reload when your clip runs out, but you have an unlimited supply of ammo. This helps focus the players on playing the objective rather than rationing their ammo during intense firefights.

What makes Overwatch unique is its hero selection and the ability to switch heroes in the middle of a game. This allows teams to change tactics on the fly as a match is progressing, and often a change in team composition can be the impetus for breaking through a defending teamís chokepoint or halting an attacking teamís push!

Overwatch takes place in a fictionalized version of Earth, in which humanity lives alongside a race of robots called the Omnics. However, this peace was not to last. 30 years before the start of the game, the Omnics, many of whom were military peacekeeping robots, went rogue and turned against humanity. This marked the beginning of the Omnic Crisis.

In response, the United Nations scoured the world for the best that humanity could offer and formed an elite strike team called Overwatch. With its strength and expertise, Overwatch managed to beat back the Omnics and end the Omnic Crisis. This ushered in a new era in which Overwatch expanded into a global peacekeeping force, operating all over the world. Over the next 30 years, Overwatch grew to become a vast coalition of the worldís best soldiers and scientists and was revered all over the planet.

Under the surface, however, cracks were beginning to form. Accusations of human rights abuses began to surface, strife between members of the group led to an internal civil war, and a UN investigation along with an explosion at the Swiss headquarters led to Overwatch being officially disbanded. The world had lost the organization that saved it so many years ago, and all its members went their separate ways...

Until now. The world is once again in peril. Dark forces threaten world peace. The world needs its heroes. Are you ready?

Click on the images for links to the animated shorts / comics.








Overwatch launched with 12 maps split across 4 competitive modes. All future maps will be free to everyone who owns the game.




Attackers have to capture point A, which the defenders must defend. If point A is captured, the defenders fall back to point B and the attackers get a time extension. If point B is captured, the attackers win. If time runs out, the defenders win.




Attackers must escort a payload from the beginning of the map to the end. The payload only moves when attackers are nearby; it stops moving as soon as a defender stands near it. Each map has a number of checkpoints that give the attackers a time extension. If the clock reaches zero, the defenders win.




A combination of the Assault and Escort modes. The attacking team must capture a point that is protected by the defending team. If the point is captured, a payload is spawned and must be escorted to the end of the map. Time is extended upon point capture and upon the payload reaching checkpoints within the map.




The only symmetrical mode in Overwatch. Two teams fight to control a central location on the map. Once it is captured, it slowly ticks up from 0 to 100 for the team that holds it. Whichever team reaches 100 first wins the round. Each map has 3 different rounds set in different areas of the map, and the mode is best of 3

Heroes are separated into 4 categories, but you will likely see all kinds of heroes in all kinds of matches. In other words, donít be surprised to see defense heroes on offense, and offense heroes on defense. Overwatch is designed first and foremost around its heroes, and the interplay between them is what creates the most hectic and fun situations in the game! Certain heroes will also speak to each other in-game, revealing their personal histories and the lore of the Overwatch universe as you play! All future heroes will be free to everyone who owns the game.




These are heroes that specialize in doing damage and taking out the enemy team. You will want them on offense to break through chokepoints and capture the objective, but you may also want a few on defense in order to hold back the attacking team.




These are the heroes that specialize in zone denial, long range damage, or fortifying an area. Basically, their job is to make it difficult for the attacking team to advance. However, donít be surprised to see them on attack, as their crowd control abilities can be useful in many situations.




These are the damage sponges, the initiators, and the front line fighters. They take damage so their team doesnít have to, and they allow their teammates to flank and do their jobs more effectively. Every team needs a good tank if it hopes to successfully withstand a match.




Donít call them healers! Yes, support characters provide healing, but in Overwatch they are so much more than just that! In addition to putting out decent damage, supports can provide AOE speed boosts to help teams reach objectives quicker, fly around the level providing damage buffs to their damage dealers, and set up mini-turrets that damage and slow enemies. Donít be afraid to give them a shot; these are some of the most fun heroes in the game!

  • PRACTICE RANGE - Visit a training area and experiment with your abilities against practice bots. Use this mode to hone your skills or learn a new hero
  • PLAY/PRACTICE VS A.I. - Play against AI-controlled opponents on any map you choose. Use these modes to try out different maps and learn how multiple heroes work
  • QUICK PLAY - Square off against other players at your skill level.
  • CUSTOM GAME - Change the rules of the game with custom modifiers (like disallowing heroes, increasing Ultimate ability charge rate, etc.).
  • ARCADE - Experimental matches with unique and seasonal rules, plus weekly rewards!
  • COMPETITIVE PLAY - Compete against other players and work your way up the ranks.



As you play games you earn XP, which is applied to your profile after every game. You earn 4 XP for every second you are active in a game, as well as an XP bonus for the highest medal earned in a match. A gold medal is worth 150 XP, a silver medal is worth 100 XP, and a bronze medal is worth 50 XP. If you receive multiple medals, you will only get an XP bonus for the highest medal earned. For example, if you earned 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal, you will only receive an XP bonus of 150 XP. You also receive a 500 XP bonus if you win a match, a 250 XP bonus if you lose a match, a 200 XP bonus if you complete consecutive games in the same lobby, a 1,500 XP bonus for your first win of the day, and a 20% multiplier to all XP gained in a match if youíre grouped up with friends. You do not gain any XP if you quit a match before it ends.

Every time your profile levels up, you unlock a loot box which contains 4 random cosmetic items. These can include skins, voice lines, sprays, victory poses, profile images, and Play of the Game intros. In typical Blizzard fashion there are rarity tiers for each cosmetic item, which range from common (white) to legendary (orange). You can also sometimes get credits in a loot box, either as its own drop or as the result of a duplicate item. Credits can be used to purchase any cosmetic item for any character, and prices for items vary based on rarity. At the high end, you will need 1,000 credits to purchase a legendary skin.

At low levels, leveling up is quick. The amount of XP required to level up increases up until you hit level 23, at which point it remains constant until you hit level 100. You will receive a new portrait frame every 10 levels. At level 100 you are ďpromoted,Ē which gives you a new portrait frame theme and resets your level. Your cosmetic items are never reset. Overwatch also has achievements, which can be earned for performing various tasks in-game. Certain achievements will unlock general and hero-specific sprays that can be equipped.
When you have reached at least level 25, you can join Competitive Play. After playing 10 placement matches, you are given an initial Skill Rating. You then spend the rest of the season trying to climb as high in the rankings as possible. Rewards are given at the end of each season for participating and based on your peak Skill Rating.

Welcome to Season 3 of Competitive Play (Blizzard blog post)

Key Differences from Quick Play:
  • Teams take turns attacking/defending on asymmetrical maps
  • Control (KOTH) is BO5


Hero Resources: Playlist of Video Guides | The Oversheet (stats spreadsheet) | r/OverwatchUniversity
Competitive Resources: GosuGamers | Over.GG | r/CompetitiveOverwatch | r/Overwatched (competitive VODs)
Q: I'm new to the game and there are so many heroes! Where do I start?
A: This playlist features useful video guides to all the heroes.

Q: Any tips for new players?
A: Turn on the Kill Feed in Gameplay Options and hit Tab a lot to see who's alive and your team's Ultimate statuses. Every bit of information helps!

Q: Do I need a mic to play this?
A: Not necessarily, but any kind of communication can have a big impact. Try to join Team Chat whenever you enter a new game so you can at least hear calls. Also, there are a few useful text chat lines that you can bind. For example, by default pressing Z will let your team know your Ultimate percentage.

Q: What can I keep in mind to be successful in fights?
A: There are 3 key types of advantage in Overwatch that you should leverage to give yourself a better chance.

1 - Positional advantage: use the features of the map to your benefit. Hold areas where the enemy is forced to walk through a tight space (aka a choke) so you can easily focus damage into it. Take high ground, which provides an angle for easy headshots, gives you more vision to scope out your surroundings, and reduces the amount of your hitbox that is exposed to the enemy.

2 - Number advantage: more players mean more damage, heals, and utility, so the team with more people in an engagement has the upper hand. Try not to go anywhere alone and do not overextend, or you're giving the enemy a free chance to pick you and gain the number advantage themselves. Also, when you die do not trickle in one-by-one; wait for your team so you can group up and push together.

3 - Ultimate advantage: the team with more ults should win the fight, provided they are used wisely. Certain ults can be combined to devastating effect or can save your team if timed properly.
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ExMachina
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(11-07-2016, 04:29 AM)
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OT6 Wall o' Shame:

preta
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(11-07-2016, 04:30 AM)
Great OT. I should get back into OW - I got burned out a while ago but I want to try Sombra and the competitive season.
Shouta
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(11-07-2016, 04:31 AM)
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I am ready for Sombra.
IceIpor
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(11-07-2016, 04:33 AM)
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Originally Posted by Shouta

I am ready for Sombra.

They should just let Symmetra's turret see Sombra. Instant counter and increased pick rate. /s
MetroidPrimeRib
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(11-07-2016, 04:33 AM)
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Who is Sombra?
Red Arremer
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(11-07-2016, 04:33 AM)
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Boop!
RecRoulette
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(11-07-2016, 04:34 AM)
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Boop.

Arcade mode was more exciting than Sombra. Competitive isn't ready for the 4-attacker meta.
Redmoon
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(11-07-2016, 04:35 AM)
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Cant wait for the ptr tomorrow/tues. Sombra, the new overlord, and arcade and a new map along with the other hero balances and S3 will be quite a content update when it all goes live.
Vault Dweller 111
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(11-07-2016, 04:35 AM)
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No one can defeat Whippy.
Neoxon
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(11-07-2016, 04:39 AM)
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Boop.

Gotta love that new thread smell. Bring on Sombra!
Antiwhippy
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(11-07-2016, 04:39 AM)
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Originally Posted by Shouta

I am ready for Sombra.

I'm ready but i have to wait 2 more weeks mgrgr.
Last edited by Antiwhippy; 11-07-2016 at 04:42 AM.
MarioHead3
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(11-07-2016, 04:40 AM)
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Originally Posted by Vault Dweller 111

No one can defeat Whippy.

We can try dammit.
Lunar FC
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(11-07-2016, 04:41 AM)
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Can somebody explain the stupid 'boop' thing so I can hate the reason behind it?
Erekiddo
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(11-07-2016, 04:41 AM)
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inb4boop.

Edit: well shit.

Originally Posted by Lunar FC

Can somebody explain the stupid 'boop' thing so I can hate the reason behind it?

Sombra says it in her trailer at the end.
Tabby
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(11-07-2016, 04:41 AM)
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boop.
Tovarisc
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(11-07-2016, 04:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lunar FC

Can somebody explain the stupid 'boop' thing so I can hate the reason behind it?

Sombra does certain gesture and says "Boop" twice in her introduction animation.
Antiwhippy
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(11-07-2016, 04:44 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lunar FC

Can somebody explain the stupid 'boop' thing so I can hate the reason behind it?

It's spanish for boobs.
komaruR
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(11-07-2016, 04:45 AM)
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lol antiwhippy post almost 2x more than the runner up, optimus
Apathy
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(11-07-2016, 04:45 AM)
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new is always better, sombra
Vault Dweller 111
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Originally Posted by MarioHead3

We can try dammit.

*pads stats*
Lunar FC
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(11-07-2016, 04:47 AM)
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Eh the reason could of been worse, didn't notice that in that trailer.

Need to come back to this game, hopefully over the holidays.
Sir Griffith
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(11-07-2016, 04:49 AM)
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Yes! Can't wait to try Somb.... Dammit no one went support.

* Picks Zen / Lucio*
Apathy
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(11-07-2016, 04:53 AM)
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3 d.va ults and 4 of my team got hit all 3 times. WTF is wrong with people
Red Arremer
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(11-07-2016, 04:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by Lunar FC

Eh the reason could of been worse, didn't notice that in that trailer.

Need to come back to this game, hopefully over the holidays.

Not her character trailer, but the animated short centered on her that came with her announcement.

Originally Posted by RecRoulette

Boop.

Arcade mode was more exciting than Sombra. Competitive isn't ready for the 4-attacker meta.

There's no way there'll be 4 offense heroes in the meta, ever. Unless I'm misunderstanding what you're saying.
Tovarisc
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(11-07-2016, 04:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sir Griffith

Yes! Can't wait to try Somb.... Dammit no one went support.

* Picks Zen / Lucio*

Forever tank / support :/
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(11-07-2016, 04:55 AM)
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that new thread smell... ew.
Antiwhippy
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(11-07-2016, 04:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by Sir Griffith

Yes! Can't wait to try Somb.... Dammit no one went support.

* Picks Zen / Lucio*

I actually really want to try an ana/sombra support duo.

I think it can work very well.
Red Arremer
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(11-07-2016, 04:56 AM)
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Also, cause I just saw it in the last OT:

Love the 6 solo queue players vs 2 3-party matchup. Good fun.

Jeff Kaplan said that's actually a bug and will be fixed. It's supposed to have one of each of the 3-stacks in each team.
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(11-07-2016, 04:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by komaruR

lol antiwhippy post almost 2x more than the runner up, optimus

to be fair, Optimus has been banned for a minute, which affected the OW defence force, and impacted their post count greatly. LOL
MarioHead3
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(11-07-2016, 05:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by Red Arremer

Jeff Kaplan said that's actually a bug and will be fixed. It's supposed to have one of each of the 3-stacks in each team.

Kaplan's said a lot of things.
cyborg009
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(11-07-2016, 05:02 AM)
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Damn I'm not on the wall of shame.
ArgyleReptile
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(11-07-2016, 05:02 AM)
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Ready for Sombra and Revamped Symmetra.
Red Arremer
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(11-07-2016, 05:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by MarioHead3

Kaplan's said a lot of things.

Yeah but there's a difference between saying "a lot of things" and giving a concrete response and saying that it is a bug that will be fixed.
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(11-07-2016, 05:03 AM)
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Originally Posted by MarioHead3

Kaplan's said a lot of things.

Lunar FC
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(11-07-2016, 05:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by Red Arremer

Not her character trailer, but the animated short centered on her that came with her announcement.

Ye I know.

She seems pretty rad.
Blues1990
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(11-07-2016, 05:05 AM)
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Well, now.

I think it's time to work towards taking down Dr. Whippy & his 8 Overwatch masters.
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(11-07-2016, 05:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by Red Arremer

Yeah but there's a difference between saying "a lot of things" and giving a concrete response and saying that it is a bug that will be fixed.

didn't he also say peeps were playing Symm wrong for months? xD
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(11-07-2016, 05:09 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blues1990

Well, now.

I think it's time to work towards taking down Dr. Whippy & his 8 Overwatch masters.

As long as i have free reign of the internet in my office it's impossible.
Last edited by Antiwhippy; 11-07-2016 at 05:15 AM.
Tovarisc
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Originally Posted by xaosslug

didn't he also say peeps were playing Symm wrong for months? xD

If people don't use her as devs intended then she is played wrong. If it's fault of players or devs depends on your point of view.
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Originally Posted by Antiwhippy

As long as i have few reign of the internet in my office it's impossible.

*Ready's arm cannon*

Challenge accepted.
MarioHead3
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(11-07-2016, 05:14 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blues1990

Well, now.

I think it's time to work towards taking down Dr. Whippy & his 8 Overwatch masters.

Am I one of the Overwatch masters?
Apathy
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(11-07-2016, 05:16 AM)
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Fuck this. Fuck the people on my team that started the stacking and wanted to go full stack then because I didnt follow they tried to 2x stack, and fuck what the other team had to do.

This isn't fun and the sooner this shit ends, the better. Can't wait till it finally gets off the ptr
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Originally Posted by Tovarisc

If people don't use her as devs intended then she is played wrong. If it's fault of players or devs depends on your point of view.

She's unconventional, but doesn't her strength lie with minimizing the number of routes that enemies/flankers can take safely, usually with clever thinking and good preparation rather than brute force?

Originally Posted by MarioHead3

Am I one of the Overwatch masters?

Basically the 8 people below Whippy are qualified. You can be Rockman if you want, cause screw it, Blues is cooler then that nerd. :P
Last edited by Blues1990; 11-07-2016 at 05:21 AM.
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(11-07-2016, 05:20 AM)
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We will never reach OT7 at this rate
JHall
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(11-07-2016, 05:22 AM)
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Which hero do we want nerfed today, ladies and gentlemen?
Tovarisc
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(11-07-2016, 05:23 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blues1990

She's unconventional, but doesn't her strength lie with minimizing the number of routes that enemies/flankers can take safely, usually with clever thinking and good preparation rather than brute force?

If I remember right devs said that her turrets were meant to be spread all over the place, as early warning system. Players concentrating them into chokes or rooms for maximum damage burst is considered playing her wrong.

Originally Posted by JHall

Which hero do we want nerfed today, ladies and gentlemen?

Sombra.
Vault Dweller 111
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(11-07-2016, 05:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by JHall

Which hero do we want nerfed today, ladies and gentlemen?

Game feels pretty good at the moment.

PTR changes + Sombra will shake things up dramatically. Should be interesting.
Red Arremer
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(11-07-2016, 05:26 AM)
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Yeah I always considered Symmetra's turrets to be more of a surveillance system rather than being used for actual damage, given their pitiful health and damage output. At least that seemed to be the intention to me.
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(11-07-2016, 05:27 AM)
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Originally Posted by Blues1990

Basically the 8 people below Whippy are qualified. You can be Rockman if you want, cause screw it, Blues is cooler then that nerd. :P

I feel like Clown Man is most suitable in my case.

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