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The new hybrid map will be available next week.
Blizzard World will indeed open its doors before the end of January, as Jeff Kaplan had reassured. The map will be added to live servers on January 23 in the US and January 24 in Europe.
Placeholder for tweet 953431688477945857 Jeff has promised that the Blizzard World patch will bring collectible stuff for all heroes! Lastly, it has been hinted that balance changes may follow in the near future after Blizzard World's release. And don't forget: there's a new hero being on the works and he/she/it will apparently change the meta!
Jeff Kaplan tells Overwatch Central about the newest addition to the roster.
We're getting up to the 27th Hero when the new one hits and Overwatch Central had a little chat with Game Director Jeff Kaplan on the subject. Apparently the Hero is already deep in testing and they're making additional skins for it as well, which all means they won't be changing their minds and the concept will go to PTR and then live eventually. The Hero will also change the meta according to Kaplan, which implies a significant impact and not just the "default" meta change of simply having another Hero to choose. He also mentioned that new Heroes are taking more and more time to make as players expect more and more from each of them, including custom emotes etc. In any case, the interview itself is well worth a watch as well:
The first two days of Overwatch League have showcased amazing coordination, incredible individual effort, and unbelievable quick-wit. Now that teams have gotten their feet wet with the League’s protocol and tournament-style, there are no more excuses for nerves or jitters. The Overwatch League is in full swing, and today’s matches will say a lot about each team’s tenacity, skill, and heart.
Dallas Fuel vs Los Angeles Valiant- 4:00 P.M. PST
On Wednesday, the members of Dallas Fuel placed their hearts and souls in the match against Seoul Dynasty. Despite their efforts, Seoul came away with a victory due to a last round tie that gave the match advantage to Dynasty. Losing to technicality is never easy, and there is no doubt that Fuel fans felt for the team. Due to the competiveness of the match, Fuel members have undoubtedly been thinking about what they could have done differently to change the outcome against Dynasty. Despite the loss, Dallas members must once again put it all on the line for their matchup against Los Angeles Valiant, who swept every single round against San Francisco Shock on Wednesday. With Fuel wanting to prove that they can bounce back from a difficult first loss and Valiant trying to show why they are one of the top contenders of the league, this is a match you don’t want to miss!
Florida Mayhem vs Boston Uprising- 6:00 P.M. PST
The Eastern United States tilt features Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. Last night, both teams were able to secure one round in each of their respective matches, but the stiff competition gave them nothing more. With a quick one day turnaround, both teams must overcome their recent defeats and bring their best to the match tonight. You can expect a fantastic game, as both teams try to prove why they are the best choice in representing the prowess of the Eastern United States.
Shanghai Dragons vs San Francisco Shock- 8:00 P.M. PST
San Francisco Shock ended up being the first team to lose an official Overwatch League game (and to lose a match without winning a round) Wednesday night. As the match played out, it became apparent that Shock has talent, but that it is still working on coordination and synced team play. The same could be said for the Shanghai Dragons, who followed up Shock’s play with their own 0-4 match against the Los Angeles Gladiators. Both of these teams have yet to win an official round of Overwatch, but tonight, one of these teams will be walking away with a match. The question is— which team will it be? Watch the Friday night finale to find out.
My personal predictions are:
Dallas Fuel 3-2 Los Angeles Valiant
Boston Uprising 3-1 Florida Mayhem
San Francisco Shock 4-0 Shanghai Dragons
What are your predictions for tonight’s matches? Put your comments below!
Overwatch's Game Director hinted that the new map will be released soon and a lot of unrevealed skins will come along with it. Balance changes may follow after the Blizzard World patch.
Even though Blizzard World has been on the PTR for a while now, the map is still scheduled to be released in "early 2018". In a recent interview with Forbes, Jeff Kaplan explained all the detail that has gone into this map, making it sound like Blizzard World is the most complicated map the Overwatch team has designed so far.
In a series of forums posts yesterday, Kaplan reassured the community that Blizzard World will be released on live servers really soon, perhaps even before the end of this month. Jeff also talked about some characteristic issues they had to fix in the map.
Blizzard World and the new loot box items release early this year. Between you and me, I am hoping before the end of the month. But "stuff" can happen.
Loot boxes roll their items the moment you acquire them -- meaning if you hold on to loot boxes, they will not have new items or any other changes to that system.
Glad you like the Doomfist skin. The artists will be happy. (source)
The map is very close. We had to fix a few things like the fact that Torb's turret would get destroyed if you built it on the "Flight to Duskwood" ride. There is also a lot of invisible collision that goes into all maps that prevents players from getting into weird or stuck places and also just makes things like Lucio wall ride or Genji/Hanzo wall climb work better. We also had to do a ton of optimization on Blizz World -- it's the map that has the most stuff in it by far. Getting it to run fast is super important to us. (source)
Blizzard World patch will bring along new Blizzard-related skins, highlight intros, emotes etc., but it will also contain a lot of unrevealed new skins and other stuff. The plan is for every hero to receive something.
Yes. Most of the new stuff is NOT Blizzard World related, as a matter of fact. Also, the new stuff is the whole range of items -- not just skins... so highlight intros, emotes, sprays etc.
If you guys really dig the Blizz stuff, then we'll make more of that in the future... we love doing it. (source)
There's stuff for all heroes but not all of it is the same tier. Some will get legendary stuff, some epic etc... A lot of that was based on who has gotten stuff recently and who hasn't and how many items those heroes had in those categories. (source)
Lastly, as mentioned before, Blizzard World and the new items will come out together within the next few weeks, given that they are already in console certification. It is probable that a balance patch will follow soon after the Blizzard World patch. Kaplan mentioned that the team was experimenting with Hanzo, but he didn't want to share any more detail.
The map and the loot box items will come out together. My guess (and this is not a promise... just trying to be real here) is that any balance changes will drop shortly after. The map/items are already in console certification but the balance changes have not yet been submitted as we are still evaluating them. (source)
We were experimenting with Hanzo today but any changes there are a ways off... we still need to be happy with what we're trying before we go to PTR or discuss things outside of the team. (source)
Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty May Be Rivals After Incredible Opening Night
Every match of the Overwatch League’s opening day was exciting for fans who have been waiting patiently for its commencement. However, the match between Dallas Fuel and Seoul Dynasty was by far the highlight of the night.
The best part about watching these two squads play was the guessing game of who was going to win the engagements. At any point during a fight, one of these teams could pull off a crazy kill combination that was, quite frankly, unbelievable. The outcome of the battle was always in question until the last member of Dallas or Seoul was dead.
The pure talent of these teams often left the victor of a map in question until the last team fight. A case in point was the Temple of Anubis round. After Dallas had secured possibly the fastest professional Temple of Anubis two-point capture time with over 6 minutes left, Seoul posted a very strong answer with a two capture point time of over 4 and a half minutes left.
As game time wound down, both teams ran through Temple of Anubis again, making the total map score 4 to 4. Within these four captures, Seoul Dynasty’s Fleta had a few multikills with Widowmaker’s Widow’s Kiss: Sniper headshots, in addition to multikills with Genji using his Dash ability mixed with well-placed Shurikens. For Dallas Fuel, Effect answered Fleta with some multikills of his own on Widowmaker, and some more multikills with Tracer’s Pulse Pistols and Pulse Bomb.
At 4 and 4, Seoul Dynsasty was still behind in total time but managed to capture another two points with 11 seconds left on their clock. This put Seoul to a 6-4 advantage. As Dallas Fuel made an attempt to capture their fifth point, Fleta’s incredible Widowmaker plays demolished Dallas’ time. At one point, Fleta secured three separate picks on Dallas team members, forcing the Fuel squad to wait more than 20 seconds before being able to attack as a full team once again. Dallas was able to overcome Seoul’s hold to secure their fifth point, but Fleta’s plays and Dynasty’s positioning granted Dallas one last ditch effort to tie the match.
As Dallas charged in to secure the last point, a few picks lead viewers to believe that the Fuel would force the match into overtime. However, Dynasty was able to pull off some picks of their own that ultimately turned the tide of battle. While both teams played extremely well, Seoul Dynasty was able to push back against their early time deficit to win the round with 11 seconds to spare. This win would ultimately lead Seoul Dynasty to victory for the entire match due to a close draw on the fourth map, Numbani.
While Dallas fans may be frustrated at the match's outcome, the whole series was unquestionably one of the best games of Overwatch that fans have seen since the induction of professional play. The Dallas Fuel vs Seoul Dynasty match may have created the first Overwatch League rivalry while simultaneously giving viewers a taste of what’s in the store for the rest of the season. There is no doubt that when these teams face off again, the crowd can expect another brilliant four games of Overwatch.
What were your favorite match moments? Post your game highlights in the comment section below!