REMINDER: You can get Overwatch for $12 right now
There's only one week left for this month's Humble Bundle. For $12 you get Overwatch along with a handful of other games. You also get bonus loot boxes for the rest of the year. It's the perfect time to get your friends to start playing Overwatch and the money goes to charity!
OWL Free agency is heating up
Those that closely follow Overwatch League have probably seen news of the new expansion teams and recent player signings. Well, things are about to start heating up even more!
Starting on October 8, free agency will be cometely open (right now it's limited to give the expansion teams a chance to start developing their rosters). This means that we might see some major shifts in team rosters and as a a result, some very different results for OWL season 2. Keep an eye out for your favorite players as the date approaches!
Have you guys heard about 'Visor'?
I saw the post about it at this lounge. It assists player by analyzing player's screen, and providing some tips and information about enemy's ult. Well, if you're using it, you better not.
Perfectly Fine to Smurf
Welp I guess Jeff has settled the debate on whether smurfing is considered cheating. Jeff's words "it's not against the rules as long as you play a certain way." I take it this means you can do whatever you want so long as you don't violate the rules.
Technically there is no rule about having multiple accounts. What players end up doing with those extra accounts is where lines are drawn. To set the record, I am completely fine with players buying extra accounts to smurf. What I am not okay with is when players use smurf accounts to grief other players, throw games, boost players, etc. There are some indirect causes to smurfing, but if extra accounts remain another account you play normally on then the side-effects are mostly negligible. So smurf away, don't be a dick about it though. Where do you stand on this topic?
Skins That Make You Go "Eww"
Overwatch skins, for the most part, are really good and I can appreciate almost all of them. However, there are some that I just look at and go "I'll stick with the default skin." I'm sure everyone has at least 1 skin they refuse to equip or will not consider regardless if it's legendary.
I can name several that I don't like:
Cybergoth (Zarya), Bedouin (Genji), Security Chief (Pharah), Odile and Comtesse (Widow), and even though I put D.Va on a high pedestal the B.Va/Junebug skin isn't all that great. Typically there's that one main element that repels me from sporting it in any game. There are some others that I'm not a fan of but look good enough for me to equip. Are there any skins you would skip for the default instead?
How'd Season 12 Placements Treat You?
So as always I was about 3 millennia late to the party to complete my placements. And they were... Pretty good. But that's every season for me. I won 7-3. I got pretty good matches, all of the ones that I lost were completely fair, as well as 5 of the matches I won. 2 of the matches that I won were my team just dominating the enemy, which makes the satanic part of me feel good, but the rest of me felt worse than a 30 year old that ran over 6.5 kindergarteners.
(Wait, should I leave that in... Screw it)
A lot of my game were full of one person out of team chat, and that person spamming "I need healing" after they die. And for me being a support main that just hurts. Someone in team chat stopped right in the middle of a battle to MESSAGE me on how bad of a support I was followed by insults that if I mentioned here would get my YouTube account banned for bad words. And since he was in team chat, I said "Boy if you gonna say shit actually say it."
Then he just leaves.
And then we win the match with me getting silver elims on Mercy.
This was a diamond doomfist btw.
Rest of the matches went fine. The last one was a bit weird because all of my teammates and opponents were ranked 3100-3400 and I won that match and I got placed 2594.
But anyways I'd be interested to read the other tortures that people have gone through for their placements.
So type those out.
BE A SUPPORT MAIN(tips)
(I just want to get some posts in so why not)
First rule you need to know before becoming a support main is that your life in the Overwatch universe will be filled with two, AND ONLY TWO, responses. 1. "OMG you saved meh life you are best Overwatch player EVAH" or 2. "You are a retarded dipshit!" You cannot avoid the second one no matter how hard you try, but just act like you are always receiving the first one and keep doing good!
But you can't do good by just selecting said support, you need to DO STUFF! Don't tell anyone this but the main goal of a support is to make sure your team health bars don't go to cero.
Never played support? Gotta practice in quick play. Join teamchat to see if anyone is willing to coordinate with you because that is the true way to learn support.
Ahh but you don't know who to practice do you? No? Well before you pick who to practice just know that if you pick a support that is meta in Competitive then you will receive more insults then the list of reasons that you have for losing a 1v1.
(Meta means everyone picks them btw)
So let's start out with my opinion on who is the most important in the team. Why am I including this? Because I like to think I'm top 500 so I am top 500 and that means anyone reading this has the significance of an ant.
Now most of the time a team comp needs two healers. I know, I know, you've never seen one healer I'm your comp, HOW THE HELL AM I SUPPOSED TO HAVE TWO. Well, I don't know. But let's just go in an alternate universe where people did pick supports.
There are so many different roles that individual healers can fill, but I'mma just go into two categories, main healer and off healer.
Main healer = good healing
Off healer = Instant loss if you try to solo heal.
If you are a brave enough player to Solo heal, choose an off healer and you will get skinned. By me. I personally play Moira too much, and often I get stuck solo healing. Moira is an excellent pick because She deals out great healing to everyone at the same time.
Yes, at the same time. She actually can do it in THREE WAYS. Her regular healing(dubbed piss) can do somewhere like 65 healing a second. Amazing. And it is a spray out of her hand that gets stopped my no man. Which means you can deal out healing to everyone. Next is her pissball, that heals everyone in it's radius after you throw it out. It can deal out a Max of 300 something heals across every target. Last is her ultimate, which heals for 150 a second and 50 damage but you need to be sorta precise. She also has a decent amount of survivability because damaging people with here secondary fire heals you. But she had a really high skill gap.
(Also I just stuck myself in a whole because I'm really tired, have the attention span of my cat, and not even halfway done with this post. I can actually go really in depth with every support and I didn't even start to with Moira. So don't surprised if I click done because I just want the EXP. Don't worry, I'll make a part 2 of this if I do and proceed to go in-depth with every support.)
"Oh, but daddy, I don't even wanna get close to my enemies, let alone my teammates. They smell bad" Well that is okay because Ana is going to Grandma your whole team.
Ana, IMO, has a lower skill gap then Moira in terms of intelligence you need to have. But if you are planning to stick with the 3 brain cells you have, and you have mechanical skill, you can dominate as Ana.
Here's the thing, Ana has the highest healing per second in the game, but to make it consistent requires you to move your joystick (or mouse for you master race peeps) and click. Click on your teammates bodies. It heals 75 per shot and shoots once per second. It also damages 70. She has a grenade that can heal yo everyone she hits and ups the healing that everyone receives from all sources. It also prevents the enemies it hits from healing. She can also be a kind Grandma and put the enemies to sleep. Now her ultimate heals for 300 too and it boost the damage that comes from your target by 50% and halves the damage they take.
She is in second place for my top 3 supports and I think she will become meta in time.
(Alright I'm a lazy bitch and I should not have typed this much. I'm tired and I'll make a part 2 tommorow if this gets noticed and I know a part 2 won't be a waste of time. I can also go super in-depth on each support and make a separate post on them) Bai
How important is rank?
When Overwatch first came out, I exclusively played ranked. I really wanted climb the ladder and shoot for GM (not that I ever got close). As time has passed, I've found myself playing more and more casual games. And you know what? I've been having the most fun I've had in a while. It's really nice getting to play with all my friends whether they be silver or masters.
I still love the competitive spirit of ranked matches, but I feel like it also takes away from the idea of playing a game just because it's fun and you enjoy it. We've all had friends that have become so obsessed with their rank that they put aside their friendships and completely lose track of what made them fall in love with the game to begin with.
Don't get me wrong, I still play plenty of ranked matches and try my absolute hardest to win. But is rank really all that imprtant?
Possibility of Overwatch Battle Pass?
The wake of Belgium forcing Overwatch to remove loot box purchases gave the developers something to worry about. The movement to have loot boxes removed from all games is gaining ground and Belgium is only one of the first few to put their foot down. When the issue first arose organizations demanded games list the chance at receiving items from any type of loot box. This forced many companies, including Overwatch, to reveal meta-data about loot box chances if they wanted to continue selling. We are now seeing the next steps to pretty much removing loot boxes altogether.
The Overwatch team are obviously not happy about decisions made for removing loot boxes. Their views are on the other side of things and they don't believe loot boxes constitute as gambling. To make up for any lost profits they will need to get crafty and that's when I thought about battle passes. Battle passes are the next hotness and lots of games are adopting it. It would be of no surprise to me if Overwatch announced some kind of battle pass that is exclusive to players in regions that can't purchase loot boxes.
Battle passes hasn't received ire as much as loot boxes have, but I'm curious to know what everyone else thinks. Would you be receptive of Overwatch introducing a battle pass? For me, so long as they keep the current loot box system in they can go ahead and add a battle pass too.
Shanghai dragons dropped 8 of their players!
The Dragons definitely had a horrible year for overwatch. Ending the season 0-40 we all knew roster changes were coming but 8 players is a ridiculous number. The players who were dropped are Altering, freefeel, fiveking, roshan, xushu, ado, sky and daemin. I can’t wait to see who they pick up but hopefully it’ll help them get a win next year.General
Majoring in Esports as a Career
I read this rather interesting article exploring the new future of esports as a "major," an alternative to receiving a traditional bachelors at a university. No surprise that this is taking place in arguably the the country that made esports a big thing, South Korea. The discussion points talks about the legitimacy of pursuing an esports career under the tutelage of cram school level instructors sanctioned by the government. They place themselves on an elite status claiming they offer more than what cheap online courses can offer, namely the face to face aspect.
To me this is truly next level for the esports scene, and hearing all the material the students have to learn is no different than taking college courses for a year. The tidbit that I liked the most was the fact that they were teaching students gaming manners, ignoring trash talk, and how to keep calm under pressure. Something I personally believe to be highly essential in the professional scene.
I know there are a few universities around the world that have classes on esports. However, they only explore the topic of esports and offer little opportunities to pursue professional gaming as a career. With esports growing year after year it's becoming harder for businesses to ignore its potential. The stigma surrounding esports is slowly disappearing, but it's still there. All these things combined really makes me wish esports had exploded 5 years earlier than it did.
The question I have now is, if you had the choice or a university had the option to pursue a pro-gaming career, would you do it? I can tell you now, if there was the chance for me to become pro, I would take it. Realistically speaking though, there are some mental and physically limitations that would hinder my performance, and be the cause of an early retirement. I would look beyond that though, and the path I see would be to go pro, retire as a player, and then become an instructor or devote myself to the esport industry.
The ground work has been paved for the next generation and am looking forward to seeing how all of this evolves.
Blizzard's Response to the Recent Belgian Ruling on Overwatch Loot Boxes
Before I go on to my thoughts on Blizzard's response to the recent ruling, here's my previous post on the ruling itself.
In the wake of the ruling, Blizzard put out a statement that was pretty passive aggressive in how they are going to accept the ruling but don't agree with it. on a side note, while I don't think that the game Overwatch isn't the best example of a game with problematic loot boxes, it's still good that Blizzard can't charge gamers for obtaining loot boxes. In going back to Blizzard's statement, they could've handled their messaging better and not come off so passive agressive.
It's this part of their statement that comes off as passive aggressive and whiny:
"[...] While we at Blizzard were surprised by this conclusion and do not share the same opinion, we have decided to comply with their interpretation of Belgian law. As a result, we have no choice but to implement measures that will prevent Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm players located in Belgium from purchasing in-game loot boxes and loot chests with real money and gems."
Is it me or does Blizzard come off as being sore losers? I honestly think that they could've phrased this better and still be against the ruling. I would've have started the statement off by saying that there's a new Belgian law restricting the sales in our two games, and that we will be upholding that ruling. I wouldn't have started my statement in a whiny tone. I accept the ruling and will implement it. then I would proceed to say that while we accept the ruling that we don't agree with it because our loot boxes are predatory like loot boxes in other offending games.
I would write those things in a neutral tone to not come off as being whiny. To finish off my statement I would say that we, Blizzard, would try and sit down with Belgian's gambling authority to clarify the situation, and to see if we can come to an agreement that benefits everyone. See how tonely different my approach is? You can disagree with someone and not come off as being whiny.
That's just me though...
Here's the official statement by Blizzard:
Nano Cola Challenge Event
The new Nano Cola D.Va skin is here and we can get it absolutely free. The only thing you need to do is win 9 games total in either competitive, quick play, or arcade. I love events like these and wish Blizzard made more every so often. What I really want aside from the D.Va skin are those chibi sprays. Normally I don't care much about sprays, but these are on a different level. To get the sprays you have to watch a total of 8 hours from select twitch streamers. You can get all the details on the challenge here:
I want it!!!
Who's gonna win the Finals?
The first season of Overwatch League is finally coming to a close: Philadelphia Fusion will face off against London Spitfire to determine who will become the first ever Overwatch League Champion.
Quite honestly, I'm shocked that these are our two finalists but such is the crazy world of esports. Even though I'm disappointed that NYXL didn't make it I'll still be tuning in because it's sure to be a great match. I don't really like that they spread it out over 2 days (27th and 28th) but hopefully they'll make some changes to the format in the future.
So, what are your thoughts on Overwatch League now that the first season is almost over?
Which team will be victorious and become the inaugural king?
Wrecking Ball is Now Available in Overwatch
The adorable hamster in a spherical mech is finally available on Overwatch’s public servers after a few weeks on the test realm. Wrecking Ball, perhaps better known as Hammond, has some unique new abilities to bring to the battlefield. Perhaps the most noteworthy is the combination of his Roll ability and his Grappling Claw, which enables Wrecking Ball to swing through the air in a tremendously fun acrobatic maneuver.
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