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by Published on 2018-04-10 07:43 PM

Overwatch Archives Event Live
The Overwatch Archives event is now live!



Overwatch Patch Changes
The patch that contains the event and balance changes is now live as well.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Patch Highlights

New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Archives 2018
Experience pivotal moments from history in Overwatch Archives. Join a team of four heroes and participate in cooperative, story-driven missions that give a new perspective on the era before the fall of Overwatch.
This year, take command of the agents of Blackwatch and face off against Talon in an exciting new brawl, Retribution. Players also get a second chance to stop an omnic insurrection as last year’s Uprising mission returns for a rematch. You’ll earn Archives Loot Boxes as you play, unlocking new cosmetics based on moments from Overwatch’s past including legendary skins like Blackwatch Moira, Scion Hanzo, Soldier: 24 Reaper, Talon Doomfist, Specimen 28 Winston, and more.

General Updates

General
  • Players can choose to “Avoid as Teammate” with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile

Developer Comments: The addition of the “Avoid as Teammate” option gives players the ability to craft their online gameplay experience. Up to two players can be selected with this feature. If you use the “Avoid as Teammate” option on a player, the matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. To learn more about this feature, click here 107.

[PS4/XB1] Voice Chat Mode
  • An option to toggle Voice Chat Mode has been added under Options > Sound

Report Menu
  • The “Poor Teamwork” dropdown menu option has been removed
  • The “Griefing” dropdown menu option has been renamed “Gameplay Sabotage”

Developer Comments: Due to player confusion about the most appropriate category to report players for poor or toxic gameplay, we are removing the Poor Teamwork option from the reporting system. Players should instead use the Gameplay Sabotage option when players actively harass or disrupt their own team with game mechanics or their actions. Players should not be reported simply for performing poorly, since everyone occasionally has a bad game.

Heroes
  • Sombra’s “Enemies Hacked” commendation card now also displays her offensive assists
  • Brigitte’s Golden Weapon variant will now also give her a golden shield
  • Changed Mercy’s Valkyrie voice line


Hero Updates

Brigitte
  • Barrier Shield - An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte

D.Va
  • Micro Missiles - Explosive damage reduced from 6 to 4
  • Boosters - Impact damage reduced from 25 to 10

Developer Comments: D.Va’s burst potential is a bit too high, so we’re reducing the damage of her Micro Missiles and Boosters impact. Prior to this change, each missile dealt 3 impact damage and 6 explosive damage. We’re reducing explosive damage from 6 to 4 but leaving the impact damage the same, the net result being 21% damage reduction.

McCree
  • Added additional voice lines for Lifeguard McCree

Mei
  • Endothermic Blaster - Now pierces through enemies

Developer Comments: This change helps Mei combat multiple targets that are clumped up and makes it easier for her to keep freezing a specific target if another enemy gets in the way. This change also helps her ultimate more consistently freeze enemy targets, especially if they are near each other. Note: While her shots now pierce enemies, they still do not pierce barriers such as Reinhardt’s shield.

Reaper
  • Death Blossom - Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use
  • Wraith Form - Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
  • Wraith Form - You can now cancel the ability by pressing the Shift or Primary Fire hotkey

Developer Comments: These changes help Reaper use Wraith Form more consistently as an escape, but they also open up new options, such as chasing down key targets.

Moira
  • Biotic Grasp - Transparency increased the closer you are to a target
  • Coalescence - Now becomes more transparent the closer its visual effects are to a player’s camera
  • Fade - Transparency increased the closer you are to a target

Developer’s Comment: Due to issues with visibility, we have made most of Moira’s visual effects fade away the closer they are to the camera. We have also made modifications to Coalescence to greatly increase the ability for foes and allies alike to see through it when facing it.

Zenyatta
  • Orb of Destruction - Secondary fire rate of fire reduced by 15%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta is meant to be able to deal a lot of damage, especially for a support, but his alternate fire burst damage was a bit too high. This change keeps the overall damage the same but lowers the DPS slightly and makes it harder to hit multiple shots at very long ranges.


Game Browser and Custom Games Updates

General
  • Lockout Elimination cards in the Arcade are now just referred to as Elimination
  • Added Ayutthaya to the map rotation in 3v3 Elimination game modes


Map Updates

Blizzard World
  • Moved the first payload checkpoint (Pylon Terrace) back 10 meters

Developer Comments: We moved the checkpoint back for two reasons. The original location swung the map’s balance too far in one direction (favoring the defenders). Also, once the payload reached the checkpoint, defenders returning from spawn could get pinned in this area, usually resulting in their death.

Hollywood
  • Corrected the spelling on a poster from Thespian 4.0 to Thespion 4.0

UI Updates

General
  • Heroes can now be selected by double-clicking the hero icon during Hero Select
  • Added leaderboard information to the competitive information screen. This can be accessed by right-clicking the menu on the competitive card
  • Simplified Hero Select tips for roles

Bug Fixes

General
  • Fixed a bug that caused camera movement to be jittery when players ran against a moving ramp
  • Fixed a bug that prevented oxygen tanks and fire extinguishers in spawn rooms from propelling after taking damage

AI
  • Fixed a bug that caused bots to attempt running outside of the spawn room before the match began on Assault/Escort maps

Heroes
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Ana’s sidearm from displaying golden coloration from her Golden weapon when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from firing projectiles immediately after going into Tank configuration
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Bastion from being knocked back while transforming during Configuration: Tank
  • Fixed a bug that caused Ganymede’s tail feathers to be cropped during Bastion’s Toast Victory Pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion’s Gatling gun barrel to disappear if he took damage while reloading in Sentry mode
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion to not animate or play sound effects when transforming from Recon to Sentry mode while trapped inside Zarya’s Graviton Surge
  • Fixed a bug that caused Bastion to emit blood instead of oil visual effects when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s impact effects from playing when hitting the environment
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s aim to be slightly offset after using Shield Bash
  • Fixed a bug that caused details to detach from Brigitte’s Rocket Flail when she swung it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s hero portrait on voice line icons to have low resolution when unlocked from Loot Boxes
  • Fixed a bug that caused team names on Brigitte’s armor to distort when Overwatch League skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s hand to clip through her head when her Hilarious emote was used
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail and melee sound effects to stop playing after a few strikes
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s shield to emit blood visual effects
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Rocket Flail to not cast a shadow when using her Cheer emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s flag to disappear and abruptly reappear during Rally when using her Rocket Flail
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s High Five spray to have a transparent square in her torso
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Excelsior decal to fragment in unintended areas
  • Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s foot, leg, and shield to clip into the ground during her Defender highlight
  • Fixed a bug that caused a player’s camera to jitter when spectating Doomfist during his Meteor Strike
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Meteor Strike from landing where it was telegraphed when standing close to a ledge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to access unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist’s Meteor Strike to penetrate angled surfaces as he descended
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s Rocket Punch from impacting enemies
  • Fixed a bug that caused D.Va to face the wrong direction during her default victory pose when posed to the left of her MEKA
  • Fixed a bug that caused the glass window of D.Va’s cockpit to distort when her Palanquin skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the triangle texture on D’Va’s MEKA control stick from glowing when her Officer skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Genji’s dagger from displaying golden coloration from his Golden weapon when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Junkrat from being knocked back while piloting his RIP-Tire
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s skin textures to have a visible seam
  • Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat’s Ornament spray to appear at a low resolution
  • Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s shoulder strap to clip into his shoulder when during his Medal victory pose
  • Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s Peacekeeper to grow substantially during the hero select screen when certain skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused the symmetry of McCree’s collar to distort when the Van Helsing skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to shoot through Mei’s Ice Wall when trapped behind it
  • Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s The Witch spray to appear at low resolution
  • Fixed a bug that caused a hero to unavailable to pick in the Hero Select screen if the dead player had the Hero Select screen open after selecting a new hero
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to float outside the Attacker spawn room in Dorado before the beginning of a match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Moira’s Biotic Orb to pass through Mei’s Ice Wall
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Orisa’s Halt! to sometimes affect enemy targets behind walls
  • Fixed a bug that caused Reinhardt’s Earthshatter visual effects to display after it was interrupted by Sombra’s EMP
  • Fixed a bug that caused the camera to clip through the floor during Soldier: 76’s Light’s Out highlight
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra’s Photon Projector beam to move plants erratically on Ayutthaya
  • Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s non-cybernetic arm to have a gap along its seam
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn to wipe his face with his hammer in his hand during his Refreshing highlight when certain skins were equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Torbjörn’s to emit the sounds effects of his default skin when his Magni skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Alliance and Horde emotes to animate at a slow framerate
  • Fixed an issue with Tracer’s neck animation during her Bomb Spin emote
  • Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to activate differently based on the player’s latency
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s wrist twist during his Glasses highlight intro
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s legs to clip into each other during her Casual victory pose when her Xuan Wu skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zarya’s Particle Cannon would clip into her torso during her Check Out This Gun victory pose when her Xuan Wu skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented textures on Zarya’s nails from loading if an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the Zarya’s logo textures to flicker when an Overwatch League skin was equipped
  • Fixed a bug that caused Zenyatta’s Orb of Destruction to appear it fired from his chest if he used his melee ability immediately following a fully charged Orb of Destruction

Competitive Play
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the two-minute leaver warning from appearing in chat during off-season games
  • Fixed a bug that caused ungrouped players under level 25 that clicked on the Competitive Play option to receive the error message, “All Group Members Must Be Level 25”

Ayutthaya
  • Fixed a bug that caused certain hero abilities to glow blindingly bright
  • Fixed a bug that caused certain textures to not load
  • Fixed a bug that caused shadows to appear where they shouldn’t on the terrain
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on top of doorways
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Widowmaker to shoot enemies exiting their spawn room

Blizzard World
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Pharah to fly indefinitely when falling against the Pylon in the StarCraft II area
  • Fixed a bug that allowed turrets to be built and hidden inside vines
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players could stand on a ledge above the spawn room outside the Diablo area
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to get stuck between a column and bush in the StarCraft II area

Dorado
  • Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to get stuck between a table and corner inside a building while using Seismic Slam
  • Fixed a bug that prevented an interior windows on the last point from blocking abilities (e.g. D.Va’s Self Destruct)
  • Fixed a bug that allowed small heroes to use decorative pipes and avoid taking damage

Eichenwalde
  • Fixed a bug that allowed sprays to be applied to the spawn door behind walls

Hanamura
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Mei’s Ice Wall to reach unintended locations
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a doorway ledge
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Pharah to regain Jump Jet fuel at an increased rate on the second point

Hollywood
  • Fixed a bug that caused Pharah’s wingtips to poke through walls

Ilios
  • Fixed a bug that allowed projectiles to pass through rubble

Junkertown
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to place her turrets inside a wall
  • Fixed a bug that prevented turrets from being built on a television if it was damaged

Lijiang Tower
  • Fixed a bug that caused Winston to clip through outdoor walls and take damage

Nepal
  • Fixed a bug that caused some textures to not load
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a rock in an unintended area
  • Fixed a bug that prevented a control point hologram from activating after the start of a match
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on a ledge in an unintended area
  • Fixed a bug that caused the bell tower to hover

Numbani
  • Fixed a bug that allowed Junkrat to shoot grenades through a closed spawn door
  • Fixed a bug that caused large heroes to get stuck between chairs in the spawn room

Oasis
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on library archways

Volskaya
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on some ledges
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to shoot projectiles through the ceiling
  • Fixed a bug that allowed the Custom Game spectator camera to escape the intended play area
  • Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand on an invisible ledge

Watchpoint: Gibralter
  • Fixed a bug that caused a rock pile in the environment to appear off-color
  • Fixed a bug that caused Genji to get stuck in a spawn room wall

Practice Range
  • Fixed a bug that caused target dummy arms to jitter when they were destroyed
  • Fixed a bug that caused the weights to defy the laws of physics

UI
  • Fixed a bug that prevented kills made by Ana’s Biotic Rifle from displaying in the kill feed if the target’s health was low
Published on 2018-04-10 03:00 PM

There have always been two Overwatch organizations — the public face of Overwatch with Strike Commander Morrison, Ana Amari, Dr. Angela Ziegler, Winston, Mei, Tracer, and many more. This is the Overwatch that stands hope in an uncertain and war torn world, the cavalry we know and love.

But hidden in the shadows those heroic figures cast is the second Overwatch, Blackwatch: where scruples are hard to come by and the ends often justify the means. For the longest time, we’ve only known about the first Overwatch. That was by design, as Blackwatch records were sealed away and kept from the public eye (and sometimes literally buried under rubble and ruin). Now, with the new Overwatch: Retribution event, those archives are open and the truth about Blackwatch will finally be revealed.


Led by Gabriel Reyes, Blackwatch was the secret ops arm of the Overwatch Initiative. They did the work too dirty or unsavory for normal Overwatch operatives. That might explain why a number of current Talon agents were once counted among Blackwatch’s ranks before the organization fell apart entirely.

Overwatch: Retribution will bring back last year's King’s Row Uprising event, giving new players the chance to relive Tracer’s first mission as an Overwatch operative during the Omnic Crisis. But as part of what Blizzard is calling Overwatch: Archives, players will have also have a new event to experience — the Venice Incident.

After a devastating attack on Overwatch’s Oslo headquarters, Strike Commander Morrison unofficially sanctioned a covert Blackwatch mission to apprehend noted Talon leader Antonio, suspected to be behind the attack. It was supposed to be a quick and quiet affair, in and out before authorities could catch on. But according to new declassified files, something went wrong.


In Retribution, you can choose to play as Blackwatch members Reaper, Genji, McCree, or Moira as you fight your way out of a mission gone wrong. Survive against new Talon enemies and earn new skins for Sombra and Doomfist that harken back to their days as Talon Operatives. Unlock the pasts of some of your favorite heroes with new skins for Hanzo, Winston, and Mei, or earn the skins for Mercy, Widowmaker, Reinhardt, and Tracer you missed out on during last year's King's Row Uprising event.

Get ready to learn the darker secrets of your favorite heroes, the Archives will be open April 10-30.

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.
Published on 2018-04-09 03:00 PM

With the end of Stage 2, Overwatch League's inaugural season is halfway over. Now at the beginning of Stage 3 we’re playing on a new patch, with a new map, new rules, and a ton of new players. Hybrid map Blizzard World is in, changes to Sombra have made her the new meta, and now the top four teams will advance to the Stage Finals instead of three. Stage 3 Week 1 didn’t shake the table too much (Shanghai’s still losing and New York’s still winning) but with that said, let's see all the winners and losers this first week into the new stage.

Week 1 Day 1


Match of the Day

Shanghai Dragons vs. Dallas Fuel

I know I already said Shanghai is still losing, but new additions to their roster and their coaching staff had Shanghai playing the cleanest we’ve ever seen.


Gi-hyeon “Ado” Chon and Dae-min “Daemin” Kim are filling the DPS sized holes Chao “Undead” Fang and Weida “Diya” Lu have left behind, while Flex/Tank Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim provides valuable service on and off the stage, being the only woman (for now) in the league and the only player in the Shanghai tank line capable of peeling pesky Genjis and Widows off supports. Sadly, inevitably even, Shanghai lost, thanks to Dallas Fuel DPS madman Hyeon "EFFECT" Hwang.

I had hope for a Shanghai victory. If there was any team they were going to beat, it was going to be Dallas after their sudden and questionable roster changes that saw shot caller, team leader, and all around good guy Scott "Custa" Kennedy traded to the Valiant in exchange for Benjamin "uNKOE" Chevasson. But for all my hopes, Shanghai is dealing with players that were still fresh off the plane. In Daemin’s case, he was playing for the Shock’s Contenders Team the very day before he took the stage for Shanghai. Shanghai has a lot of obstacles to overcome but I still believe Stage 3 will see them win their first game. It just wasn’t this one.

Week 1 Day 2


Match of the Day

Houston Outlaws vs. London Spitfire

The Philadelphia Fusion spoiled London Spitfire’s chances at a return to the Stage finals. But if you were looking for the Stage 1 Champion Spitfire to return to their place at the top of the Stage rankings this match...and this week entirely...is not for you.

London for some weird reason, can’t beat Houston. In regular season play they never have. What’s more, Houston ended Stage 2 dead even: 5-5 with 22 map wins and 22 map losses. Contrast that to London, who finished the Stage 8-2, with 31 map wins and 11 map losses. So the stats were in London’s favor even if the history between the two teams weren't. But it was map selection that killed London’s chances for a win. Oasis, the tiebreaker map, is London’s worst...ever. Out of six engagements there, they’ve only won it once. London lost the map 0-2, sending them to the bottom quarter of the standings.

Week 1 Day 3


Match of the Day

Seoul Dynasty vs. San Francisco Shock

Much has been said about Seoul, about how they’re not performing to their standard. They lost Joon-hyuk "Bunny" Chae to the Valiant, then went on to lose 0-4 against them in their first Stage 3 match earlier in the week. Meanwhile, new additions Matthew "super" DeLisi and Jay "sinatraa" Won ,and Sombra savant Dante "Danteh" Cruz have made San Francisco a new force to be reckoned with and the odds on favorite to win the match.

With the deck and predictions stacked against them, team leader Je-Hong “Ryujehong” Ryu had a little something in store for his team.


Seoul won 4-0. Proof that you should never underestimate your hype-man — a little fighting spirit can go a long way.

Week 1 Day 4


Match of the Day

New York Excelsior vs. London Spitfire

There are currently only two tiers of Overwatch League teams: New York and everyone else. The Excelsior, in the whole of the season, has lost only twice. The last match they lost was back in Week 1 Stage 2. That being said, New York has weaknesses and they are capable of faltering. If you can surprise them like Dallas did, taking them to a surprising tiebreaker 5th match, or like Philadelphia did in the Stage 2 finals, you can beat them.

In terms of sheer team strength, however, the only team that can compare is London. And London’s beaten New York before, during the regular season and in the Stage 1 Finals. The match up between the Stage 1 and Stage 2 champions promised to be close. They’ve always gone to 5. Not this time.




(And London never recovered.)

Robert Kraft may own the Uprising, but the Patriots of the Overwatch League aren’t in Boston.

Final Thoughts

London had a bad week, but even though they’ve been sent to the bottom of the Stage rankings they’re still second overall and a smooth 12 points ahead of their closest competitor, Seoul. Now that it’s Stage 3, the Stage standings matter less and less while the overall standings gain greater importance. It’ll be the top six teams that compete in the Grand Finals, and London, even after this miserable performance, will definitely be playing in them. With the start of Stage 3, it's time to start thinking about the long game.

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 2018-04-05 05:58 PM

Overwatch Archives - Blackwatch Moira
Blizzard showed off a new Moira skin this morning!





Overwatch Retribution Lore
The Overwatch Retribution trailer was released yesterday, so we are taking a look at the story behind it today!



Overwatch Statue - Mercy
The Mercy statue was announced today! It is $175 on the Blizzard Store and will arrive before the end of Q4 2018.







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