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Jeff Kaplan took to the forums a while ago and addressed some questions, and the big news that came from that session was that there are some changes coming to Pharah on the PTR soon. There's a slo a dev update video coming next week, but it probably won't be Pharah related, as he said they're not sure when those changes will be coming and the video is already recorded. The other news is that the dev team is not happy with progress being segmented on the various platforms, so your skins and other cosmetics don't transfer between PC, Xbox or Playstation and that they're brainstorming solutions.
Here are the full (and pretty short) quotes:
Jeff Kaplan (source)
(on smurfing) Starting a new account is not against the rules. Boosting or throwing is against the rules. If you start a new account and play normally, the matchmaker determines your skill level very quickly and matches you with similar players.
We don’t actually need this behavior reported. We have a whole crew here doing some pretty significant analysis to determine this behavior.
... We’ve been trying some changes to Pharah internally. Some of those changes might make their way to the PTR next week. More details to come later.
... We just recorded a Developer Update. Should go up next week. (on the BlizzCon Sombra Demon Hunter skin) As long as your console account is linked with your Battle.net account, you’ll receive the skin on both platforms. (on cosmetics being non-transferable cross-platform) Yeah… we’re not crazy about that. We’re brainstorming solutions. It’s complicated…
The latest competitive season doesn't just bring the usual updates you'd expect, it's also increasing the "Avoid as Teammate" slots from 2 to 3, as well as adding Hammond/Wrecking Ball to the roster. It seems queue times weren't affected that much by the new feature, so an extra slot won't be that much of an issue there.
Season 12 (source)
Get ready to sharpen your skills and perfect your strategies—Season 12 of Competitive Play has begun!
Unlocked at level 25, Competitive Play is designed for those players who want to put their skills to the test, and offers a more serious experience than our Quick Play or Arcade Modes.
Getting Started Competitive Rewards What's New To begin your competitive journey this season, click on the “Play” button, select “Competitive Play” from the submenu, and you’re ready to enter a match. You can join on your own or in a group, and Overwatch’s matchmaking system will automatically find the best game possible for your skill level.
Before you can kick off your competitive career, every player must first complete 10 placement matches to obtain their initial skill rating. This rating will be a number between 1 and 5000, with higher values indicating a greater skill level. Players will also be assigned a tier based on their rating—Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, or Grandmaster—and climbing into the next tier is possible as you improve.
Skill ratings and tier icons will be visible at the beginning of every match. As you compete, your rating will increase or decrease with each win or loss based on a number of factors, including your own performance and the skill of the other players in the match.
A detailed breakdown of the skill tiers, along with icons and information about the corresponding skill ratings can be found by pressing the “Information” button under the Competitive Play menu.
In addition to experiencing the thrill of victory, players can also unlock unique rewards through Competitive Play. Anyone who completes their placement matches during a season will receive a special spray and player icon. If you are placed within the Top 500 players on your platform (and in your region) at the end of the season, you’ll receive an extra player icon and animated spray.
On top of that, as you complete competitive matches, you’ll earn a currency called Competitive Points. When the season concludes, you’ll also receive a number of those points (based on your overall performance) to spend on golden versions of your favorite heroes’ weapons.
Avoid as Teammate Update
Starting now, we’ll increase the Avoid as Teammate slots from two to three spots. As promised when the feature was implemented, we have been watching to see the effect Avoid as Teammate has on gameplay and queue times. After reading feedback and deciphering data, we think adding a slot will help players enjoy their Overwatch experience while keeping queue times reasonable. When you add a player to your Avoid as Teammate list, you will not be grouped with that player for seven days. Create Your Competitive Play Dream Team
Get ready to climb the ladder and battle your way to the top of the charts by using Looking for Group to create your dream team. Customize your group settings to ensure you find other like-minded players whose sights are set on grinding out points to get into the top tier (or just to have fun). Filters include specifying roles, Skill Rating, endorsement level, and more. Wrecking Ball Rolls Into The Lineup
Our newest tank hero, Wrecking Ball, rolls Competitive Play for his first full season. Wrecking Ball provides disruption while also being an aggressive bruiser that bullies the enemy’s backline, eliminating vulnerable heroes that are left unguarded. ABILITIES Quad Cannons Automatic assault weapons. Minefield Deploy a massive fields of proximity mines. Grappling Claw Launch a grappling claw to rapidly swing around the area. Enables high speed collisions to damage and knockback enemies. Roll Transform into a ball and increase maximum movement speed. Piledriver Slam into the ground below to damage and launch enemies upward. Adaptive Shield Create temporary personal shields. Amount increases with more enemies nearby. Season 12 is live RIGHT NOW on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, so power up your favorite gaming machine and join the fight. We’ll see you on the battlefield!
The Nano Cola Challenge has begun! Not much else to today's patch notes except a few fixes for Symmetra's turrets and teleporter issues, Hero Gallery bug fixes and a few other things. Also of note is that the patch crashed a lot of competitive games on the last day of the season, which didn't go over so well.
August 28 (source)
D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge
We’re celebrating the release of D.Va’s action-packed animated “Shooting Star” short by making some special content available to unlock in-game. For a limited time, your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you additional D.Va sprays, a player icon, and a new epic skin: NANO COLA D.VA!
When you’re not playing to win, you can watch sponsored Twitch broadcasters to unlock even more D.Va-themed sprays!
To learn more about D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge, click here.
Fixed a bug that prevented flavor descriptions from displaying when a skin was selected Fixed a bug that prevented hero descriptions from displaying in the Hero Gallery Fixed a bug that prevented cosmetics’ unlock requirements from displaying in the Hero Gallery Heroes
Fixed a bug that prevented some of Roadhog’s voice lines from playing with his Lacrosse skin equipped Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Sentry Turrets to fall through the environment when thrown into a Teleporter Fixed a bug that allowed Symmetra to teleport players into certain vehicles on King’s Row and Numbani Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Jump Pack damage to not falloff properly
Fixed an issue that prevented sound from playing after a memory-intensive team fight Previous live patch notes.
It's all about everyone's favourite tank heroine up until September 10!
With the release of the Shooting Star animated short, as well as the introduction of the new Busan map on the PTR, the Korean heroine is back on the spotlight! And she has a pretty easy challenge for you: win a total of 9 games to win D.VA sprays, player icon and an epic skin. Moreover, by watching specific Overwatch streams every day, you can win even more sprays! The event will last until September 10.
Check out the announcement blog post and video, as well as the stream schedule:
D.Va has successfully defended South Korea from another gwishin omnic attack in her new animated short, “Shooting Star”—now it’s time to kick back with her favorite (officially endorsed) beverage!
To celebrate her victory and the upcoming release of the new Busan map (now on the Public Test Realm), we invite you to participate in D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge starting now until September 10!
GAME FACE: ON - Learn how to unlock brand-new D.Va sprays and skin NO HACKS REQUIRED! - Earn special D.Va-themed sprays by watching Twitch streams SHOOTING STAR - Watch the new animated short NOW TRAVELING TO…BUSAN - Learn about Busan, a new control map LOVE D.VA - Print the free official D.Va poster and download digital wallpapers
We’re bringing the excitement of the action-packed animated “Shooting Star” short into Overwatch by making some of the special content in the short available to unlock in-game. Your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will all earn you additional limited-time D.Va sprays, a player icon, and a new epic skin: NANO COLA D.VA!
These special D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge rewards are a bonus on top of your normal earnings for playing in the Arcade.
When you’re not playing to win, you can watch to unlock even more D.Va-themed cosmetics! For the next two weeks, we’re partnering with a variety of content creators from around the world to bring you a new series of Twitch Drops. Tune in to these MEKA-awesome broadcasters while they’re playing Overwatch anytime through September 10 to earn eight D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge sprays!
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to receive these Twitch Drops you must first link your Blizzard account to your Twitch account. Visit the Twitch Connections page to log in and complete the link now.
D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge Twitch Drops will be available August 28 - September 10 on select Twitch broadcaster channels—see the full list of participating channels below. Tune in during the highlighted dates and times to support a specific broadcaster, or watch their streams at any point during the campaign to unlock these rewards. For more information on Twitch Drops, click here.
Behind closed doors and away from the cameras, beloved former pro gamer and current MEKA squad pilot D.Va prepares her mech for the unexpected…
Overwatch has now spread to South Korea with our newest control map: Busan! Check it out now on the Public Test Realm. Travel to Busan, South Korea and battle for control across three distinct locales within one map: the Sanctuary, Downtown, and MEKA Base.
Explore the serene setting of the Sanctuary, surrounded by an ancient temple, beautiful gardens, and historic architecture. Clash in the bustling metropolis of Downtown, where players will fight in a busy PC bang, flashy karaoke bar, and central light rail station (just watch out for the train). Contest for position in MEKA Base—home of South Korea’s frontline defense against the gwishin omnic attacks: D.Va and the rest of the MEKA squad.
Teams must fight to hold each of the three stages to establish complete control of the city that refuses to surrender its way of life to any threat.
Level up your wall art matrix with the official printable poster from Shooting Star for free. You can also give your desktop, laptop, tablet, and phone the diva treatment with these gorgeous wallpapers that are free to download and use.
It’s time to raise your APM in-game and rack up your hours watched on the streamer scoreboard so you can add all of these limited-time cosmetics to your collection.
Now bunny hop to it—bailing out!
There's a summer sale on Overwatch happening following the free weekend, as usual, so now's the time to grab the game if you aren't one of the 30+ million players already enjoying it. We also had a nice highlights video from the Overwatch part of Blizzard's gamescom presence:
Summer Sale (source)
If you’re ready to join the fight for the future or have a friend who wants to dive into the action, then join Overwatch® this summer! Stay in the shade and save 50% when you purchase Overwatch, including the new Legendary Edition that comes fully loaded with 5 origin, 5 legendary, and 5 epic skins for PC, PlayStation®4, or Xbox One.*
The action is at an all-time high with new in-game features including Looking for Group, our newest hero Wrecking Ball, limited time Summer Games content, and more.
If you’re ready to take a break from the summer heat, pick up the Overwatch Legendary Edition and join 40 million players in the ultimate team shooter.
Head to buyoverwatch.com now to party up with your pals and bring the heat to your opponents—this offer evaporates on September 3 at 11:59 p.m. PDT*.