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Published on 2018-05-29 03:00 PM

Week 2 of Stage 4 brought with it a lot of upsets, close calls, and disappointments. Teams are still adjusting to the new patch, and the squads adapting the best and worst to this new Brigitte meta are not the ones you might think. Wanna know who they are (and aren’t)? Read on.

Week 2 Day 1


Match of the Day

Houston Outlaws vs. Los Angeles Gladiators

Houston is one of those teams that should be doing well in this meta but aren’t. They’re are dead even at 2-2 and currently 7th place in the Stage standings. If this is going to be their Stage, and more importantly, if they want to have any chance to make it to the playoffs, the Outlaws have to win most, if not all of their remaining matches. So where did they go wrong against the Gladiators? The Dive Meta is still important to the overall success of these matches even with stunlock queen Brigitte in play. Necessary to the Dive composition is Tracer, and Houston famously isn’t fond of the character.



That’s not to say that Houston only lost because they played poorly. The Gladiators have managed to keep the momentum that propelled them into the Stage 3 playoffs into Stage 4. Fissure is still a powerhouse as main tank, Bischu has taken to the role of Brigitte quite well, and with the Gladiators’ ability to remain flexible with the team compositions on the fly — a critical skill in this new meta — the Gladiators will likely yet again see themselves in the playoffs.

Week 2 Day 2


Match of the Day

London Spitfire vs. San Francisco Shock

After a winless Week 1 and some roster shakeups, the Spitfire just might be on a much needed comeback. Birdring, after being sidelined with a wrist injury, has returned his much needed strength to the DPS lineup. Meanwhile HaGoPeun, TiZi, WooHyaL, and Hooreg were moved to permanent inactive status to pare down the roster from 11 players to 7 and solidify player roles. Though it hurts to see good players benched, this streamlined roster seems to be working for London for the moment. This new experiment passed its initial test as London won both their matches this week — most critically against a very strong San Francisco Shock.

Week 2 Day 3


Match of the Day

Boston Uprising vs. Los Angeles Valiant

The other team that’s struggling with the new meta is still Boston. Week 2 and they are still winless, even after making a comeback run against the Valiant and taking the game to a fifth map. The team woke up after the half, pulling out some clutch combo ult plays.

But Boston was unable to answer Agilities’s Pharah on tiebreaker Nepal, putting to bed any hopes for a Boston reverse sweep.

Week 2 Day 4


Match of the Day

Dallas Fuel vs. Philadelphia Fusion

You want a team that’s thriving in the new meta, cast your eyes south to Dallas. They are 3-1, upsetting both Boston and now Philadelphia, thanks in no small part to Mickie’s Brigitte, as well as both Taimou and Seagull playing really, really well.



Carpe’s sniper rifle couldn’t save them, nor could Sado’s Earthshatter. So Philadelphia got desperate and brought out ShaDowBurn from whatever void they had been keeping him in since Stage 1. His Pharah is the hard counter to Brigitte, her mobility keeping her out of range of Brigitte’s flail and her rockets are powerful enough to melt her shield. The substitution worked long enough to win the Fusion a single map and prevent a total 4-0 sweep, but it just wasn’t enough to stop the Fuel from burning right through them.

Final Thoughts

It’s not all Brigitte this Stage. What’s most important now is a team’s ability to pick and counter pick mid-match. You have to see what heroes your opponent are fielding and adjust accordingly. Teams able to do this lighting quick — New York — are going to be more successful. Teams that never really got into the groove of the dive and who are able to thoroughly embrace Brigitte — Dallas — are also going to do well. But even though it is Week 2, it is still early. There is plenty of time for the biggest surprises — Houston, Boston, and Philadelphia — to return to form, rack up some wins, and make a play for the Stage Finals.

Ash, the first of her name, keeper of Zenyatta lore, protector of Hanzo mains and Mother of Shanghai Dragons, is a content writer for the Overwatch section of MMO-C and Gamepedia.
by Published on 2018-05-29 04:01 AM

Overwatch League News & Highlights - Dallas Fuel Victorious & the NYXL Wins $300,000
Another week of Overwatch League and victory for Dallas Fuel!

by Published on 2018-05-24 06:05 PM

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
With our anniversary celebration in full swing, we wanted to share a few of the fun milestones that Overwatch crossed in its second year. Obviously, these numbers don't tell the entire story, but with an ever-expanding community, new heroes, new maps, and thousands of new in-game items, Overwatch looks much different than it did two years ago.



The fight for the future is just getting started, and we're excited to experience that future with you all.
by Published on 2018-05-22 08:38 PM

2018 Overwatch Anniversary Event Patch Now Live!
The 2018 Overwatch Anniversary Event Patch is now live! All previous event skins and cosmetics are available among a host of new ones! This patch also introduces the new Deathmatch map Petra and various nerfs and buffs.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary 2018

Celebrate Overwatch’s two-year anniversary with a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map—Petra—and more than 190 Anniversary items (60+ new for 2018), including eight legendary skins: Stealth Bastion, Shieldmaiden Brigitte, Formal Doomfist, Buccaneer Junkrat, Sherlock McCree, Forest Spirit Orisa, Magician Symmetra, and Cybjörn Torbjörn. Did you miss an item from a previous event? Throughout Overwatch Anniversary, you’ll be able to unlock items from past seasonal events with credits (and opening Anniversary Loot Boxes)!

Many of our past seasonal brawls will be available to play in the Arcade, and the brawl of the day will rotate throughout the event.

As a bonus this year, each Anniversary Loot Box can contain items from past seasonal events! You’ll also get one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, with at least one guaranteed legendary item, just for logging in to the game during the event.

Thank you all so much for spending the last two years playing Overwatch with us, and we look forward to celebrating with you in-game!

New Map: Petra

A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match. Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away into a lethal pit (with a little firepower). Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you. . . .

New Competitive Play Mode: FFA Deathmatch

Petra and Château Guillard will also be available in an optional Competitive FFA Deathmatch mode with placement matches, skill rating, leaderboards, and the opportunity to earn competitive points.

HERO UPDATES

Ana
  • Biotic Rifle
    • Projectiles will now pass through allies with full health
    • Ammo increased from 10 to 14

Developer Comments: These changes should help Ana when she is trying to land clutch heals in the middle of a big fight. Allies that do not need healing will no longer potentially block shots meant for teammates that do need it. Increasing her magazine size makes it less likely that Ana will be forced into a reloading in the middle of an important fight.

Brigitte
  • Rally
    • Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100
  • Shield Bash
    • Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds

Developer Comments: Brigitte’s ultimate is very powerful, especially when it is placed on the entire team. This change will reduce the maximum armor value of Rally, but does not reduce the overall amount of armor given by the ability over its duration. This means when used in combat while her allies are taking damage, it should feel about the same, but the lingering effects of the armor should have less of an impact. Her Shield Bash is a very strong ability on a fairly short cooldown, making it difficult for her opponents to play around. Increasing this cooldown allows for more options when battling against her.

Hanzo
  • Storm Arrows
    • Damage reduced from 80 to 70

Developer Comments: Hanzo’s Storm Arrows are doing too much damage considering his other changes, such as Lunge and projectile speed. This damage reduction will give Hanzo’s enemies a more reasonable chance to react and fight against him while using Storm Arrows.

COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES

Rialto
  • Rialto is now available in Competitive Play

GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES

General
  • Added Infinite Ultimate Duration and Scalable Ultimate Duration options for Moira’s Coalescence

FFA Deathmatch
  • Ana can now Nano Boost herself

BUG FIXES

General
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to repeatedly return to the Hero Select screen when backfilling into a match
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the sound wave visual effect from animating when previewing a voice line unlocked from a loot box
  • Fixed a bug that caused a visual error to display 0/0 unlocks on the main menu
  • Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker to become stuck in a pillar in the Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Groups tab in the Social menu from dynamically refreshing
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented shields from blocking projectiles (e.g. Tracer’s Pulse Bomb and Junkrat’s Frag Launcher)
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to dip down for a frame when crouching and returning to an upright position

FFA Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that allowed groups to queue for Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to be revealed to all enemies if targeted by Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow or Widowmaker’s Infra-sight while stealthed

Game Browser and Custom Game
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence’s animation to incorrectly loop when Ultimate Duration was set above 100%
  • Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence SFX to stop playing after a couple of seconds when Ultimate Duration was set above 100%
  • Fixed a bug that caused players who were idle in Assault and Skirmish game modes to be flagged as inactive and removed from the match
  • Fixed a bug that prevented spawn resets and round start dialogue from playing when Random Heroes was enabled
  • Fixed a bug that caused the start of match dialogue to say “Capture the enemy flag” instead of “Fight” in Team Deathmatch
  • Fixed a bug that caused suicides to count as multiple deaths in Deathmatch when the Respawn as Random Hero option was enabled

Highlights
  • Fixed a bug that caused dialogue lines to get cut short at the end of highlights
  • Fixed a bug that caused placement indicators to appear red in Play of the Game playbacks and highlights when they were placed on valid ground

Heroes
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle crosshair to disappear momentarily when scoping and unscoping
  • Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin textures to stretch when waving hello
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte to reapply Repair Pack on her previous target rather than her new target if she used Repair Pack immediately after the cooldown ended
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash hitbox to be wider than her shield
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Self Healing statistic from being tracked
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s hand from animating when using Hand Cannon immediately after Rocket Punch
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Lunge animation to follow the direction of the first jump after changing directions on a subsequent jump
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s hands to float above his legs during his Meditate emote with certain skins equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s shins to appear malformed in his Heroic victory pose with his Scion skin
  • Fixed a bug that prevented players from modifying Hanzo’s Lunge ability cooldown time in Custom Games
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s reticle from constricting when using Storm Arrows
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s Soundwave animation to play twice if he used his quick melee attack immediately afterward
  • Fixed a bug that caused the hammer on McCree’s golden weapon variant to be dull with his Scrooge skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s ankles to deform when he used his Take a Load Off emote
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused frozen targets to evade attacks
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Pajamei skin to exaggerate the curvature of her spine
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Endothermic Blaster visual effects to go through shields
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s wings to stretch out comically when waving hello while using Angelic Descent
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to be placed too far towards the back of the hero line up
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s healing and damage boosting beams from being visible the first time it’s used on a player after activating Valkyrie
  • Fixed a bug that caused the pumpkin in Orisa’s Pumpkin Head victory pose to persist after navigating away from it in the Hero Gallery
  • Fixed a bug that caused the player’s camera to zoom into Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer when struck by it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Soldier: 76’s jacket collar to clip into his shoulder with his Classic skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s laser sight from tapering at its end with her Talon skin equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s hard-light prism visual effects to deform into a sphere on the Hero Select screen
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter and Shield Generator to self-destruct when placed against certain walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to appear jittery for spectators, in highlights, and in replays
  • Fixed a bug that made Torbjörn’s turret lose sync with his breathing animation in his Medal victory pose
  • Fixed a that caused Widowmaker’s crosshair to disappear for a moment when unscoping
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s shoulder to dislocate after using an emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Jump Pack to stop short of its full distance when clearing ledges

Maps
  • Fixed a bug that caused projectiles shot at Attacker spawn room doors to slide upward
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload marker from appearing before the game started
  • Fixed a bug that caused players in the first Defender spawn room to make water splashing noises
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the payload thrusters from turning red when reversing
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s Cyber-agility and Hanzo’s Wall Climb animations to loop and stutter when scaling walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to clip through the environment during his Combo highlight
  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to get a Play of the Game by killing gondoliers in Rialto
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the heal icon from displaying on with the first Defender spawn room
  • Fixed a bug that allowed defenders to see attacker spawn entrances

Outlaws Dominate Brigitte Meta & Dallas Fuel's New Coach
This week in Overwatch League news we take a look at the Brigitte meta and Dallas Fuel's new coach.


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