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There's a new competition in Overwatch, with some PvE streamer action coming our way! But watching our favorite streamers battle it out as the Blackwatch team from Retribution and Overwatch team from Uprising isn't the only prize we get, as the winning teams will be giving away all the prizes to their viewers! There will be three weeks of competition and a lot of PvE challenges for the players, which we can all enjoy! Check out the full schedule, participating teams and more:
Now that the Overwatch Archives have been unlocked, we’re hosting our first Overwatch Archives Challenge. These weekly mission challenges will feature your favorite streamers and community personalities striving to prove who’s the best Blackwatch strike team in the world.
Cheer on your favorite streamers with their hand-picked squads as they compete against their rivals for the prize—four Retribution-themed bundles featuring a top-of-the-line MSI Gaming 27” curved gaming monitor, MSI gaming peripherals, a Genji statue, and other gear... all of which they will give away to their viewers.
We’ll update this blog every week with their scores so you can track your dream stream team on the leaderboard.
SCHEDULE AND RULES
Each Wednesday we will reveal the new weekly challenge and teams will have until Sunday at 11:59 PT to play through the missions on Legendary mode and to post their highest scores. Scores will be submitted by tagging @PlayOverwatch on Twitter and using the hashtag #OverwatchArchives. Please note that all runs must be livestreamed or uploaded to YouTube and accompanied by a screenshot for the score submission to be valid.
Week 1 (April 11 – 15): Retribution Story Mode Challenge
For this challenge, teams will play Retribution as the original members of Blackwatch—Genji, McCree, Moira and Reyes—to escape a Talon facility with their lives and the highest score.
Week 2 (April 18 – 22): Uprising Story Mode Challenge
In this series, combatants will play as either Reinhardt, Mercy, Tracer, or Torbjörn on the highest difficulties to defeat the omnic resistance—and other teams—for the most points possible.
Week 3 (April 25 – 29): UNKNOWN
We’re partnering with content creators from around the world to bring you three weeks of action-packed Overwatch Archives content. See which of your favorite community personalities are competing with the full roster of participants listed below.
Riku, Fascinate, Amplifire, Asurai Afiz, Owl, QianYawns, Xenofly Deejay Knight, Black Oni, DJ Tech, TheeWrightGuy Emongg, Fran, WantedOW, barcode_ow Lt. Eddy, GreenThyme, LeeAcer, iamSamurai Fareeha, Jayne, AspenOW, FitzyHere BrandonTV, CupAhNoodle, zotbot, okaydrian DabbaCabb, YourOverwatch, OW Curios, OhNickel Mr Yee, alaykeru, Paul, Graves Team BabyNie, BigBoss, Karlos, PANDAHARUHI JugandoConNatalia, Viciosin, Thomasturbado, Halcyontv Cherrigan, Sopademurloc, Summercitoxp, Ashketchum113 pOkiz, Cooruja, Desth - o Ogro, Fleeur Zilverk, Liaph, Nuviaouo, Sockzam Nadiacala, Lolirot, Daniikills, Atomika13 Muselk, Tyr0din, BazzaGazza, MuddyHikoku Makina, CooLifeGame, AlphaPlays, Winghaven Fayors, Teko, Theo, Kondyss aSmoogl, Misskywalker, iOllek, MedusaOW MISSION DEBRIEFING
After completing all three weekly challenges, we’ll tally the points and the team that scores the highest will be crowned the champions! Each member of the winning team will receive a Retribution prize pack to share with their stream viewers. Return to this page for more details as we reveal which challenge the teams will face next.
Play along with the streamers and post your own scores on social media with the hashtag #OverwatchArchives.
Today's live patch brings a whole bunch of Retribution event fixes, as well as an Uprising fix, including leaving incapacitated players behind when everyone else is in the drop ship already!
April 17 (source)
GAMEPLAY UPDATE Retribution
The evacuation drop ship will now leave incapacitated players behind to complete the mission BUG FIXES
Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s voice lines from playing in Japanese (JP) Fixed a bug that prevented Talon units from attacking players who boarded drop ships Fixed a bug with the placement of the hero panel when viewing a highlight recorded during the Retribution mission Fixed a bug that caused Junkrat to count as two heroes when boarding the evacuation ship if he was using RIP-Tire inside it Fixed a bug that prevented the evacuation phase from counting players who had become incapacitated inside the ship Fixed a bug that prevented the evacuation phase from counting players if they were in the corners of the dropship. Uprising
Fixed a bug that allowed Sombra’s EMP to instantly eliminate Detonators Previous live patch notes.
6v6 Elimination has come to Competitive today! Scott Mercer announced the deathmatch mode is live a little earlier than expected, with the lockout rule in place (aka when you win with a hero you can't pick them again) and that the first season will be quite short. It's nice to see things like this added without any special event or occasion, with the team simply putting a feature live once it's ready, and hopefully we'll get more in the future!
Scott Mercer (source)
We’re started a short Competitive 6v6 Elimination season at 0:00 UTC today, which is 5:00 PM PDT.
This season will end on May 8, 0:00 UTC, which is May 7 5:00 PDT.
The “Lockout” rule in place, so once a team wins with a hero it becomes unavailable for that team for the duration of the match. All the previous Elimination maps are available to play this season, but we’ve also added Ayutthaya to the mix as an Elimination map.
To play, simply choose the Competitive Elimination card in the Arcade!
So, how many of you will be jumping into the more serious Elimination format this week?
Experience the Retribution mission, get your hands on the new collectibles and find out which heroes didn't survive the nerfbat!
This seasonal event returns with a new mission, a bunch of new skins and cosmetic items and hero tweaks!
A huge patch (~14 GB) is now available to download for all Overwatch players. The Overwatch Archives event is live and you can experience moments from Overwatch's history. The Uprising brawl is obviously making a return with some brand new skins, but there's also a new mission called Retribution, which will show players more about how Talon operates. The event will last until April 30.
In Retribution, you can explore the new map, Rialto, situated in Venice. Rialto will be available as a PvP map at a later date. According to PCGamesN, the map will hit the PTR in a week or two and it will go live after Overwatch archives finishes. PvP Rialto will have some differences compared to the PvE one you'll be able to experience now.
If you want to check out all the new skins and collectibles, u/Yernemm has compiled a nice list over here.
The patch also contains the much anticipated buffs to Mei and Reaper; you can read Mournflakes' expert opinion on these changes here. The Avoid as Teammate option is available, too. Lastly, lots of bugs have been fixed - which is always good!
Here are the patch notes:
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.
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.
[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.
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
An option to “Toggle Barrier” has been added under Options > Controls > Brigitte D.Va
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.
Added additional voice lines for Lifeguard McCree Mei
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.
Reloads Hellfire Shotguns after use Wraith Form
Move speed bonus increased from 25% to 50%
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.
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.
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
Lockout Elimination cards in the Arcade are now just referred to as Elimination
Added Ayutthaya to the map rotation in 3v3 Elimination game modes
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.
Corrected the spelling on a poster from Thespian 4.0 to Thespion 4.0 USER INTERFACE UPDATES
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
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
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
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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