Blizzard Announces New Assault/Escort Map, Teases Bastion Short

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At Gamescom Blizzard announced a new Assault/Escort map for Overwatch, Eichenwalde. The map, which is described as, “…an Assault/Escort hybrid map set in an abandoned village on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany,” is the first new map since Overwatch’s release in May. Also at Gamescom, Blizzard released a short teaser for the first in the second series of Overwatch shorts, “The …

Player Test Region for Competitive Play Season 2 Live

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Blizzard recently opened a player test region for Overwatch’s second season of Competitive Play. The player test region is meant to test both the new ranking system that Jeff Kaplan spoke about in a recent Developer Update Video, as well as implementing a few balance changes. The change to competitive play will include a wider range for matchmaking ranks, from 1 …

New Developer Update Announces Season 2 Changes

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In a new Developer Update video released on August 15th, 2016, Jeff Kaplan spoke about a number of upcoming changes that would happen to Overwatch’s Competitive Play mode. The first change that Kaplan talked about was Competitive Play’s rating scale, shifting from a 1 to 100 scale to a 1 to 5,000 scale. The goal is to eliminate the chance …

Overwatch: Summer Games 2016

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Blizzard has announced the first Overwatch game event: The Summer Games. The event, which coincides with the 2016 Rio Olympics, offers players the first new skins since launch and even a new game mode. During this event, all loot boxes will contain limited edition cosmetic items and skins based on the various Hero’s nation of origin. Additionally, the Summer Games …

Overwatch Open Tournament Announced

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Last week, ELeague and Faceit announced that they would be partnering to create a new Overwatch tournament, the Overwatch Open. This tournament, will begin qualifiers on July 23rd and offers the Overwatch’s largest prize pool to date, $300,000 with $100,000 going to the top team.. The tournament will be split into two regions and compete live in two separate playoffs …

New Overwatch Developer Update “Introducing Ana”

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Blizzard recently released a new Developer Update video, focusing on the patch that was released this Tuesday. Jeff Kaplan walked through the design of Ana, and then explained the reasons behind each of the balance changes. This video distills many of the discussion points that Jeff Kaplan and the other developers discussed with Ster last week. Kaplan discussed the design …

Overwatch Patch – July 19, 2016

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Today Blizzard released the newest patch for Overwatch, bringing with it the newest hero, Ana- a support sniper with a powerful selection of unique abilities. We at PDQ have already covered Ana, in detail, including our hero guides as well as our Ana first impression post. The new patch also includes changes to the Overtime mechanic, making the fuse “burn down” more quickly after 20 seconds …

Blizzard Developers Talk Ana and Balance on Ster’s Stream

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On July 13th, 2016, a group of Blizzard developers hopped into Overwatch to play the new Player Test Region patch with Ster, an Overwatch streamer. In the whole video, which runs almost two hours, the developers discuss different elements of Overwatch, Ana, and the new balance patch. The developers that Ster interviewed are: Tim Ford – lead gameplay programmer for Overwatch, …

Scott Mercer Discusses New Player Test Region Hero Changes

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In a new video released by Yahoo Esports, Overwatch designer Scott Mercer discussed some of the new changes that would be added to Overwatch’s Player Test Regions this week. The first topic Mercer spoke about was the implementation of single-hero limits to Competitive Play, saying that that Blizzard thought no hero limits would allow for more fun, he conceded that, …