Watchpoint Radio #94: The Meta has Been Destabilized

February 7th, 2018

We’ve had a week to digest the Mercy and Junkrat changes, and it’s looking like those nerfs have taken their toll. This week Kinder from Fragging Out Podcast joins us to talk the latest in Overwatch!

Year of the Dog Developer Update

Jeff decided to grace us with a developer update literally minutes before we recorded. It gave us some insight into this year’s Lunar New Year event, such as balance changes for CTF, a longer event time, and a new map.

Mercy/Junkrat Nerf Effects

There has been a clear effect on Mercy and Junkrat from the latest nerfs. Both Bob and Kinder lament the changes to Junkrat, which Jaa seems to be perfectly fine with them. Through analysis, we are able to the negative impact to Mercy thanks to Omnic Meta.

Should Smurfing be an actionable Offense?

We pulled a forum post where the OP was complaining about smurfs on console. Console players have access to unlimited smurfs, which can cause lots of problems and can also limit the effect of the reporting system. Should something be done about it?

What hero does Overwatch Need?

One of our iTunes reviews requested that we discuss a bit about heroes we would like to see in Overwatch. We did just that.


Kinder / Fragging Out Podcast


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.