Watchpoint Radio #87: Sending the Wrong Message

December 21st, 2017

Not much news coming directly from Blizzard, but we did get some changes on the PTR and news more news that effects competitive Overwatch.

PTR Report

If you check out the current build on the PTR you will notice that characters like Winston and Junkrat have more noticeable air control. This is a side effect of a fix made to all character movement. Bob likes it, but Jaa is skeptical. Additionally, Zenyatta mains will have more info about their Harmony and Discord targets, and Doomfist may be receiving a buff… Or a bug. We can’t tell.

The One-trick Discussion

The discussion that never ends. An Overwatch dev steps into a forum post say that you can play whatever you want, as long as you are trying your best. Bob and Jaa think this is sending the wrong message for competitive players, as the overall team comp is more important than a players favorite character. Jaa & Bob also talk about ways that Blizzard can resolve this by adding new systems to Overwatch that give players more information about the matches.

Path to Pro

New info on how you can go from scrub to pro was released. On top of Open Division being available for all ranks, some Overwatch League teams are creating Academy teams to play in Contenders. This should help mold the next group of OWL pros.

Hosts

Jarret is Executive Director as well as one of the founding members of Mash Those Buttons. He plays all types of games, but tends to lean more toward FPS, Stealth, and Racing Games. Currently too involved in Overwatch.

IT System Engineer by day, avid gamer by night! Bob has been gaming his entire life and first started standing on a chair playing the arcade version of Super Mario Bros. Now he plays all kinds of games but focuses mainly on Overwatch.

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