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Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Yehat, Apr 23, 2022.

  1. Yehat

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    Official Site: https://overwatch2.playoverwatch.com/

    Current Roadmap: (as 16th June 2022)
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    Further Info: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/23814218/overwatch-2-reveal-event-recap/

    Beta Related:
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    OW2 Beta Status:

    • PVP Beta 1 Ended 17th May 2022, currently waiting for the next Beta which will be sometime after an announcement from Blizzard slated for Thursday June 16th 2022
    • Next PVP Beta Starts 28th June 2022 - Source

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    Trailers:

    They are a bit old now but for a recap:

    Overwatch 2 Cinematic "Zero Hour"


    Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer (2019)


    New Hero - Sojourn Trailer (15th April 2022)


    Some key changes from OW1 (known at time of writing)
    - New heroes (starting with Sojourn)
    - Complete Rework of some existing heroes
    - New Maps - initially +4: Circuit Royal (Monte Carlo), Midtown (New York), Colosseo (Rome), New Queen Street (Toronto). Plus some of the OW1 maps have changes apparently.
    - New map type: Push - https://overwatch2.playoverwatch.com/en-us/explore/team-vs-team
    - Co-op missions / Replayable hero missions - https://overwatch2.playoverwatch.com/en-us/explore/co-op-missions
    - PVP will now be 5v5 instead of 6v6, competitive mode being: 1 tank, 2 dps & 2 supports.
    - Updated graphics and sounds - https://overwatch2.playoverwatch.com/en-us/explore/new-look

    Links:
    Overwatch 1 Thread - https://forums.overclockers.com.au/threads/overwatch.1147080/
     
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    Yehat

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    Some Videos from Closed Alpha (mainly only available from OW1 streamers at this stage) - The Alpha builds apparently change very often so the information may not be up to date by the time the public beta drops, but still, as a preview:

    Blizzard Guides - New Heroes, Reworks, Maps & More.



    KarQ
    Reviews every support hero in OW2


    KarQ's Hero Tier List (Based on Closed Alpha)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w71oCp4ovPk

    Flats
    Overwatch 2 Alpha hero changes


    New Overwatch 2 Map Walkthough + Midtown + Circuit Royal


    Rein Gameplay Overwatch 2 Alpha
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm1rq7yvEpw

    ML7
    Ana Gameplay:


    Mercy Gameplay:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e5SNYDrh1k
     
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    Yehat

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    1st PVP Beta is live:
    Beta FAQ: https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/overwatch/23798985/welcome-to-the-first-overwatch-2-pvp-beta

    Patch notes: Contains all the hero reworks/changes.
    https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/patch-notes/beta/

    Pasting the initial patch notes below in a spoiler, just so the future versions of these heroes can be compared vs the original beta to see how far they change (if for some reason blizzard remove the initial beta release details)

    April 28, 2022
    OVERWATCH 2 PVP BETA PATCH NOTES - APRIL 26, 2022
    NEW FEATURES

    Welcome to the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta!
    Welcome to the Overwatch 2 PvP Beta! We have a fresh lineup of heroes, new maps and game modes, 5v5 multiplayer, and more! Please keep in mind that everything you see in the beta is a work in progress. It's important for us to gather valuable feedback and insight from our players, so things are likely going to evolve throughout the beta phases. You may notice some features from Overwatch are absent in the beta. This reflects the game's current work in progress state, and it will change throughout testing! We appreciate everyone's interest, and we can't wait to share more.

    To share general beta feedback, please post in the General Beta Feedback forum.
    If you encounter any bugs or issues, please share in the Beta Bug Report forum.
    You can also share feedback on specific forum topics such as 5v5, Push, Hero Reworks, New Maps, and Sojourn.

    New Game Mode- Push
    Push is a new game mode available on two brand-new maps: Toronto and Rome. Gameplay unfolds with two opposing teams fighting over control of a single shared objective, the Treadweather TS-1 Large Utility Robot, that starts in the middle of the map.

    Each team fights to take control of TS-1 as they would a payload: by having teammates located next to TS-1 with no enemies nearby. When a team takes control of TS-1, it slowly pushes their team’s barricade towards the opposing team’s start location along the predetermined path. If TS-1 and the barricade reach the goal at the end of the path, then the team controlling TS-1 wins the game.

    When the opposing team takes control of TS-1, it leaves the first team’s barricade in place and reverses its direction. TS-1 then quickly moves back along the path until it reaches the opposing team’s barricade, which then pushes towards the first team’s spawn.

    Midway between TS-1’s starting location and each team’s end goal, there is a forward checkpoint objective along the path. When TS-1 pushes a team’s barricade to their forward checkpoint, that team activates a closer respawn location. This respawn location deactivates if the other team retakes control of TS-1, then moves TS-1 to a point on the path before the forward checkpoint.

    Players have 8 minutes to push their team’s barricade to the end goal and win. If neither team’s barricade reaches its end goal after 8 minutes, then the team who pushed their barricade the farthest distance AND has control of TS-1 wins. The game enters overtime if control of TS-1 is contested, or the team who currently has control of TS-1 does not have the farthest distance pushed. Overtime ends when the team with TS-1 loses control of it, or when the team with control of TS-1 pushes their barricade to a distance exceeding the opposition’s.

    Assault Maps Being Removed
    With the addition of the Push game mode and its new maps to Overwatch, we’ve decided to remove all the maps using the Assault game mode from both the Quick Play and Competitive map rotations.

    After examining all our maps and game modes, we noted that the Assault game mode has always been a source of discontent for many members of our community. We believe many of the issues for the Assault maps could only be solved by making major changes to the game mode and major reworks to the maps, resulting in complete level rebuilds. We’ve shifted our focus to create maps in exciting new locations across the world such as Toronto and Rome.

    Although Assault maps will no longer be in standard rotations, all Assault maps (Hanamura, Temple of Anubis, Volskaya, Paris, and Horizon Lunar Colony) will still be available for use in custom games and the workshop. We’ll also look for future opportunities to bring them back into Quick and Competitive map rotations, as well as special events and arcade game modes.

    5v5
    For the Quick Play and Competitive Role Queue modes, the team composition now consists of 1 Tank, 2 Support, and 2 Damage heroes. For Quick Play Classic, Open Role Queue, and arcade modes such as CTF or Mystery Heroes, the number of players on a team is now 5 instead of 6.

    With one fewer player on each side, individual contribution means more to the overall success of the team. Fewer players on the map also changes gameplay in a host of positive and sometimes subtle ways. Players have more space to spread out, and the battlefield is easier to understand with fewer visual effects and sounds happening around you.

    The removal of one Tank hero in restricted role queues has allowed us to rework all our Tank heroes to be even more impactful and fun to play. This change increases gameplay clarity for all hero roles, and makes matches play more fluidly.

    Tab Score Board
    We’re making a large change to the Scoreboard screen by displaying key statistics in real time for all the players in the game, including eliminations and deaths. They’ll be presented in a new layout that mirrors other competitive games and sports. This new layout should provide players with an overall more accurate view of the game.

    As a result of this change, we are retiring the Fire and Medal systems. Both systems are no longer as necessary with the new Scoreboard providing a more accurate and easier to read view of each player’s performance-related data. We do plan on revisiting the Fire system in the future, as it can provide excitement and positive feedback around awesome plays made by you or your teammates. These changes are a work in progress, and we are looking forward to hearing what the community thinks about these updates!

    SOUND

    Weapon Sound Updates
    • New weapon fire audio for all heroes
    Environmental Audio Updates
    • New “Convolution Reverb” System – more realistic environments
    • 3D Reverb – can hear the environment your enemies are shooting in, giving more
      gameplay information
    • Weapon and Explosion Tails –decaying of weapons and explosions now reflect the
      environment in which they occur
    • Debris Updates – a more complete pass to have weapon impacts and explosions react to the surface that they impact
    • Whiz-by Updates - new bullet pass by audio for ballistic weapons
    • Speed of sound adjustments for very long-range impacts and explosions
    UI Sound Updates
    • Added a "Kill Stinger” sound for final blows
    • Added a “Teammate Down” sound to help you know when you lose a teammate in
      battle
    Get Hits
    • Performed a consistency pass across all damage sounds
    • Added different impact sound for different types of health (regular, armor, shields,
      overhealth)
    Home Theater Mix
    • Enhanced use of the subwoofer/LFE channel
    • Enhanced multi-channel panning
    Sound Options
    • Teammate and Enemy Eliminated optional sounds
    • There are two new settings in the sound options to turn on sound when a teammate or an enemy are eliminated
    Audio Mix Options
    We have added audio mix options for various common settings (home theater, TV, headphones, etc.). They are still in the early stages of tuning and will likely change as we develop them through the betas.

    Unit Impacts
    We have added unit impact sounds that now corelate with the type of health pool you are impacting – for example you will get armor impact sounds on Reinhardt until his armor is depleted, and flesh impact sounds when in his default health pool. This is true of all heroes regardless of what material type they are made of.

    FEATURES

    Ping System
    This highly requested feature is finally making its debut in Overwatch! Bound to middle mouse, G, and D-pad left by default, the Ping System arrives with a suite of new communications options. Ping allows players to place waypoints anywhere in the world to strategize with their allies or suggest which enemy heroes to attack. Tapping the Ping button will fire a contextual Ping that highlights a location, marks enemies, confirms allied Pings, objective Pings, or even tells injured allies to group up with you if you’re playing Support! Pressing and holding the Ping button opens the Ping Wheel, where you can select from a variety of pings that can be placed in the world or on your hero. Double-tapping the Ping button places a Warning ping, for when you can’t see an enemy hero but want to let your team know about potential danger. Many of the Ping System’s parameters can be modified in Options>Controls. Please share your feedback about the Ping System and any improvements you’d like to see in the future! We will continue to adjust the Ping System as we progress throughout testing, but here are some current work in progress elements:

    • Enemy hero ping icons are using temporary art
    • Controller support is in progress
    • There are text-to-speech placeholders for some pings while we finish the recording
      process
    • Localization is only partially complete for a few languages.
    Read About the ping system in our blog: An inside look at the ping system in Overwatch 2.

    Heads-up Display (HUD)
    • Visual updates to some Hero HUD items and in-game HUD elements
    • Some elements of the HUD have not been addressed yet
    MAPS

    Control
    Ilios

    • (NEW) Evening Lighting
    Lijiang Tower

    • (NEW) Dawn Lighting
    Oasis

    • (NEW) Night Lighting
    Escort
    (NEW) Circuit royal

    • Circuit royal, the stunning future playground of the mega-rich, is Overwatch's brand-new Escort map. Protect the payload as you battle up the gilded promenade through the marble archways of luxurious Monte Carlo towards the majestic Hotel Arche.
    Dorado

    • (NEW) Evening Lighting
    Route 66

    • (NEW) Night Lighting
    Hybrid
    (NEW) Midtown

    • Midtown, New York City, the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the Omnic Crisis, and our newest Hybrid map! Drive your enemies back through the shadows of skyscrapers. Then, lay claim to the payload and escort it through the thriving heart of Manhattan to its destination in historic Grand Central.
    King’s Row

    • (NEW) Evening Lighting
    Eichenwalde

    • (NEW) Evening Lighting
    Push
    (New) New Queen Street

    • New Queen Street, in post-reconstruction Toronto, is one of our new Push maps! Fight for control of your robotic ally as the snowflakes and maple leaves fall and explore this picturesque cultural hub where omnics and humans live together in harmony.
    (New) Colosseo

    • Colosseo, the pride of Rome, is our second new Push map! Face your foes in the streets and piazzas outside the legendary arena, battling for command over your robotic ally. Rise to glory in the Eternal City... or fall, forgotten, into history.
    Deathmatch
    • Kanezaka
    • Malevento
    HEROES

    Role Passives
    Tank

    • 30% knockback resistance
    • 30% lower Ultimate generation from damage taken and healing taken
    Damage

    • 10% faster movement speed
    Support

    • Regenerate 15 health-per-second after 1 second without being damaged
    Health Changes
    • Temporary Shield and Armor health pools have been combined into Overhealth, with no special attributes
    • Overhealth no longer provides Ultimate charge when damaged
    • Base Armor health pools reduce incoming damage by 30%
    • Base Armor no longer mitigates damage by the previous flat amount of –5 damage per hit
    • Armor damage reduction now applies equally to all sources including damage over time effects and beams
    “Phase” Effect Changes
    • Phase effects no longer clear the Zarya Graviton Surge or Sigma Gravitic Flux movement restriction effects
      • E.g., Reaper can still use Wraith Form while in Graviton Surge to prevent damage but can’t walk out of it
    • Mei Cryo-Freeze no longer removes Sigma’s Gravitic Flux effect
    • Sombra Hack effect is now removed by phase effects
    TANK

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    DOOMFIST
    • Moved from Damage to Tank role
    • Base health increased from 250 to 450
    Rising Uppercut

    • Ability removed
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    Hand Cannon
    • Damage reduced from 6 to 5 per pellet
    • Ammo regeneration rate increased from once every 0.65 seconds to 0.4 seconds
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    Rocket Punch
    • Impact damage range reduced from 50 - 100 to 15 - 30 damage
    • Wall slam damage range reduced from 50 - 150 to 20 - 40 damage
    • Maximum charge up time reduced from 1.4 to 1.0 seconds
    • Impacting a target now causes a secondary larger cone area check to grab extra targets to potentially knock them back as well
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    Power Block
    • New Ability 2
    • Enter a blocking stance, reducing damage taken from the front by 90%
    • Blocking at least 100 damage causes Doomfist’s gauntlet to become supercharged, empowering the next Rocket Punch in the following ways:
      • Increases damage by 50%
      • Travels 50% faster and further
      • The area-of-effect blast that knocks back additional targets is twice as large
      • Targets impacting a wall will be stunned for an additional 0.5 to 1.0 seconds, depending on charge amount
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    Seismic Slam
    • Moved from Ability 2 to Ability 1
    • Now launches Doomfist into the air in the direction the player is aiming
    • Creates a wide arc shockwave upon landing, dealing 50 damage and slowing enemy movement speed by 30%
    • No longer has different behavior between being activated in the air or on the ground
    • No longer pulls in enemies
    • Can be canceled by pressing the ability key again
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    Meteor Strike
    • Damage range reduced from 15 - 200 to 15 - 100
    • Impact damage at the center 1 meter radius unchanged from 300 damage
    • Knockback removed
    • Now additionally slows the movement speed of all enemies hit by 50% for 2 seconds
    • Cast time reduced from 1.0 to 0.5 seconds
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    D.VA
    • Base Health increased from 300 to 450
    • Base Armor reduced from 300 to 200
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    Fusion Cannons
    • Primary Fire movement penalty reduced from 50% to 40%
    • Weapon spread reduced from 4 to 3.5
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    ORISA
    Thanks to years of combat and Efi Oladele's tireless work, Orisa's mind and abilities have evolved. She has fully grown into her role as the defender of Numbani.

    • Base armor increased from 200 to 250
    • Base health increased from 200 to 250
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    Augmented Fusion Driver
    • New Primary Fire
    • Now rapidly fires 10 plasma projectiles per second
    • Projectiles start out large and shrink as they travel
    • Damage starts at 10.5 and scales down to 4 damage over 35 meters
    • Uses a heat mechanic instead of ammo
      • Firing the weapon increases heat, and it cools down while not firing
      • If the weapon overheats, a forced release of heat prevents the weapon from being fired for 3 seconds
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    Energy Javelin
    • New Secondary Fire
    • Orisa throws a spear forward, impacting the first enemy in its path
    • Deals 80 damage
    • Stuns enemies for 0.2 seconds and knocks them back 6 meters
    • If the enemy collides with a wall while being knocked back, they take 40 more damage and are stunned an additional 0.3 seconds
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    Fortify
    • Now slows Orisa’s movement speed by 20% while active
    • Now provides 125 extra health while active
    • Reduces heat generation from Orisa’s weapon by 50% while active
    • Duration increased from 4 to 4.5 seconds
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    Javelin Spin
    • New Ability 2
    • Orisa rapidly spins a spear for 1.75 seconds, destroying incoming projectiles
    • Increases forward movement speed by 60% while active and by 20% for 2 seconds after the spinning ends
    • Rapidly damages enemies in her path, dealing up to 90 damage and constantly knocking them back
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    Terra Surge
    • New Ultimate Ability
    • Orisa pulls in nearby enemies and becomes fortified, charging up an area-of-effect attack over 4 seconds. Releasing the charge deals up to 225 damage based on how long it was channeled
    • While charging, deals minor damage over time and slows nearby enemy movement speed by 30%
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    REINHARDT
    • Base armor increased from 200 to 300
    • Base health increased from 300 to 350
    Steadfast

    • Removed and replaced by Tank passive
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    Barrier Field
    • Health reduced from 1600 to 1200
    • Regeneration rate reduced from 200 to 144 health per second
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    Charge
    • Steering turn rate increased by 50%
    • Can now be manually cancelled
    • Charge Pin wall impact damage reduced from 300 to 225
    • Cooldown from 10 to 8 seconds
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    Fire Strike
    • Now has 2 ability charges
    • Damage reduced from 100 to 90
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    ROADHOG
    • Base health increased from 600 to 700
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    Take a Breather
    • Total healing increased from 300 to 350 health
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    SIGMA
    • Base shields increased from 100 to 200
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    Accretion
    • Damage increased from 70 to 100
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    Experimental Barrier
    • Barrier regeneration rate reduced from 120 to 100
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    WINSTON
    • Base armor increased from 150 to 200
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    Tesla Cannon
    • New Secondary Fire
    • Hold Secondary Fire to charge, release to fire a 30-meter range jolt of electricity
    • Deals up to 50 damage
    • Costs up to 20 ammo
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    Barrier Projector
    • Barrier Projector health increased from 650 to 800
    • Barrier Projector duration reduced from 9 to 8 seconds
    • Cooldown reduced from 13 to 12 seconds
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    Primal Rage
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%
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    WRECKING BALL
    • Base armor increased from 100 to 150
    • Base health increased from 500 to 550
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    Adaptive Shield
    • Radius increased from 8 to 10 meters
    • Health gained per target increased from 75 to 100 health
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    ZARYA
    • Base health increased from 200 to 250
    • Base shields increased from 200 to 225
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    Particle Barrier
    • Particle Barrier now has a 10 second cooldown on a shared 2 charge system with Projected Barrier
    • Cooldown now begins immediately on ability use instead of when the barrier has expired
    • Barrier's duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds
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    Projected Barrier
    • Projected Barrier now has a 10 second cooldown on a shared 2 charge system with Particle Barrier
    • Cooldown now begins immediately on ability use instead of when the barrier has expired
    • Barrier's duration increased from 2 to 2.5 seconds
    • Barrier targets cannot be targeted again by the ability for 2 seconds
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    Energy
    • Energy degeneration increased from 1.8 to 2.2 per second
    DAMAGE

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    ASHE
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    B.O.B.
    • BOB base health reduced from 1200 to 1000
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    BASTION
    Self-Repair

    • Ability removed and replaced by A-36 Tactical Grenade
    Configuration: Tank (Ultimate)

    • Ability removed and replaced with Configuration: Artillery
    Ironclad (Passive)

    • Ability removed
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    Configuration: Recon
    • Weapon damage increased from 20 to 25
    • Fire rate reduced from 8 to 5 shots per second
    • Weapon spread removed
    • Ammo reduced from 35 to 25
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    Configuration: Assault
    • Renamed from Configuration: Sentry
    • Bastion is now able to move in this form at 35% reduced movement speed
    • Now has a 6-second duration and 12-second cooldown
    • Now has infinite ammo for its duration
    • Weapon spread is now a constant 2 degrees and no longer becomes more accurate as you fire
    • Damage reduced from 15 to 12
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    A-36 Tactical Grenade
    This ability replaces self-repair, but it is bound to Alternate Fire instead of E by default.

    • New Secondary Fire
    • Launches a grenade that can bounce off walls but sticks to players or the ground. It explodes after a short delay, dealing up to 130 damage
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    Configuration: Artillery
    The targeting works similarly to Doomfist’s Meteor Strike Ultimate, but you can click 3 times to launch projectiles.

    • Locks Bastion into place to fire up to 3 long range artillery shells
    • These shells deal high damage in a large area, but the damage falloff is significant
    • The projectiles come straight down from the air at the targeted locations, but they are projectiles in every other sense and can be blocked or destroyed by abilities
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    CASSIDY
    Flashbang

    • Ability removed and replaced by Magnetic Grenade
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    Peacekeeper
    • Secondary fire “Fan the Hammer” fire rate increased by around 7.5%
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    Magnetic Grenade
    • Throws a grenade that can stick to enemies
    • Automatically homes in on an enemy close to the reticle when thrown within 10 meters of the target and can chase up to 13 meters
    • Deals 131 damage split between: 1 impact damage, 65 explosion damage, and an additional 65 damage to the stuck target at the time of detonation
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    Deadeye
    • Now grants 40% damage reduction while channeling the Ultimate
    • Damage now builds at 130 damage-per-second for the first 2 seconds and then at 260 damage-per-second for the remaining duration
    • Maximum duration increased from 6 to 7 seconds
    • Ultimate cost increased by 10%
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    ECHO
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    Focusing Beam
    • Maximum damage-per-second reduced from 200 to 175
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    Duplicate
    • Echo copies the target’s combined health value including health, armor, and shields up to total of 300 health
      • E.g., A duplicated Tracer will have 150 health and a Reinhardt will have 300 health
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    HANZO
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    Storm Arrows
    • Damage reduced from 70 to 65
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    JUNKRAT
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    Steel Trap
    • No longer prevents all movement for its target
    • Now slows its target by 65% until they reach its max chain length, then it breaks
    • Still prevents movement abilities from being activated
    • Damage increased from 80 to 100
    • Projectile speed increased from 10 to 17
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    MEI
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    Endothermic Blaster
    • Freeze stun removed
    • Immediately slows targets by a constant 50% instead of building up over time
    • Slow duration reduced from 1.0 to 0.5 seconds
    • Damage-per-second increased from 55 to 100
    • Ammo increased from 120 to 150
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    Cryo-Freeze
    • No longer removes Sigma Gravitic Flux effect
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    Ice Wall
    • Pillar health reduced from 400 to 250
    • Range reduced from 35 to 20 meters
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    Blizzard
    • Ultimate cost increased by 15%
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    REAPER
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    Hellfire Shotguns
    • Damage per pellet reduced from 6 to 5.4
    • Spread increased from 6 to 8
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    SOJOURN
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    Railgun
    • Rapid firing projectiles that generate energy on hit
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    Railgun Alt Fire
    • High impact shot that consumes stored energy
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    Disruptor Shot
    • Launch an energy burst that snares and deals damage to enemies within it
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    Power Slide
    • Ground slide that can cancel into a high jump
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    Overclock
    • Ultimate Ability
    • Railgun energy auto-charges for a short duration and shots pierce enemies
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    SOMBRA
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    Machine Pistol
    • Damage reduced from 8 to 7
    • Spread reduced by 10%
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    Hack
    • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 4 seconds
    • Cooldown is no longer reduced when hacking health packs
    • Cast time increased from 0.65 to 0.85 seconds
    • Health pack hack duration reduced from 60 to 30 seconds
    • Ability lock duration reduced from 5 to 1 second
    • Reveals hacked enemies through walls to Sombra's team for 8 seconds
    • Interrupting Hack during the channel time now incurs the full cooldown
    • Stun duration on Bob reduced from 5 to 2 seconds
    • Now destroys Baptiste’s Immortality Field when it is hacked
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    Stealth
    • Fade-in time reduced by 50%
    • Enemy detection radius increased from 2 to 4 meters
    • Can now use Hack during Stealth without ending the Stealth ability, but is revealed to enemies while hacking and for 0.75 seconds after hacking
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    Opportunist
    • Damage dealt to hacked targets is now increased by 40%
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    EMP
    • In addition to hacking them, now also deals 40% of current health as damage to enemies
    • No longer deals additional damage to base shield health pools
      • EMP still deals massive damage to barriers
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    TRACER
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    Pulse Pistols
    • Damage reduced from 6 to 5
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    WIDOWMAKER
    • Base health increased from 175 to 200

    SUPPORT

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    ANA
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    Sleep Dart
    • Cooldown increased from 12 to 15 seconds
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    BAPTISTE
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    Biotic Launcher
    • Primary fire minimum falloff range reduced from 25 to 20 meters
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    Regenerative Burst
    • Total healing increased from 75 to 100 health
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    BRIGITTE
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    Shield Bash
    • No longer stuns enemies
    • Cooldown reduced from 7 to 5 seconds
    • Distance travelled increased from 7 to 12 meters
    • Movement is no longer stopped when impacting barriers
    • Damage increased from 1 to 50
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    Inspire
    • Now also triggers from Shield Bash damage
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    LUCIO
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    Sound Barrier
    • Ultimate cost reduced 12%
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    MERCY
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    Regeneration
    • Now increased the Support passive healing by 50%



    Blizzard have said they will incrementally add players to the beta over time.
     
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    I have signed up when the registration first come out, but haven't recieved a reply so i guess im not going to be a beta tester..... Bummer..
     
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    Apparently the beta PVP invite emails only get sent out on 26th April - https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/22/overwatch-2-beta-invites/ . So not over yet.
     
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    And here we go.

    Anyone else in the beta? Your initial thoughts ?

    Edit:
    Only got to play support for now (queue time is ~2mins vs 8+mins for other roles atm).

    Initial thoughts:
    I like it! The last major OW1 update was ~April 2020 when they added Echo (which was the last hero added in OW1), practically 2 years ago. So OW2 is a welcome change just from that point of view.

    It's much better software quality than I expected for a first beta, fps is smooth and no crashes (so far).

    Other than the hero specific changes and PvP is now 5v5, another key change is:
    For supports the passive means a lot, in that you're not needing to use abilities to self heal as often and increases survivability significantly. Getting low, drop into cover, passive kicks in, resume healing/dps.

    Support is also a more dps centric role than OW1. Contributing to dps was still important in OW1, but in OW2 beta: there's one less tank to heal (and healing them builds less ult charge), and the new maps are very open (so you're often dealing with flankers/skirmishes as opposed to sitting at chokes), which all combines to give you a lot more time/incentive to dps (and it's actually a requirement to do so, maybe unless you're Mercy).

    There's a lot less insta-stun type deletions. e.g. Mcree no longer has a stun, same with Brig, Doomfist has been reworked as a Tank, so Ana sleep is one of the few pure lockdowns left.

    New sound engine & sounds are a nice touch
     
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    I've always thought Overwatch 1 was full of problems but the Overwatch 2 beta feels like it finally become a decent game. I enjoyed the few games I've played so far.

    The new 21:9 support shows the developers have grown up so I'm expecting good things from the future.

    Games are so much better with only one tank, its now a team based game rather then scissors paper rock.

    The only thing is I don't think the tanks are properly balanced and I don't think they honestly can be. I'm a huge roadhog fan but as the solo tank I don't think his kit makes sense at all. I think he needs his ulti changed to something else or he needs to be made DPS. I'm sure there are other tanks that also don't seem balanced or make sense now that you can only have one tank.
     
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    21:9 support is interesting, first had but it was removed as they claimed it gave a competitive advantage.
     
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    I've been playing every day since it dropped - honestly I'm a bit up in the air with it. Mixed feelings.

    Love:
    -Graphics
    -Sounds
    -Maps are fantastic
    -VERY polished for a beta....makes you think they've had it ready for a while...

    Hate:
    -Orisa can't deploy shield
    -If you win one game, it seems your next game is tilted against you
    -If you get the high ground you can absolutely dominate

    On the fence:
    -Not sure how I like 5v5 compared to 6v6 just yet
     
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    Is it enough to justify being #2? Isn't it fully compatible with #1 or something?
     
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    Played it a bit, just felt like an OW1 patch, not a new game.
     
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    the pvp side is an ow1 patch I believe with a pve component being the new aspect.
     
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    First beta balance patch is out: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/patch-notes/beta/

    Flats has a video going through the hero changes:
    Fast Forward to 6m 15s for the Zen change it's hilarious (turn your volume down -- you were warned!)


    You called it and it's almost like the dev's heard you. As a starting point his ultimate has been reworked. (FF to 8m:18s in the above flats video)

    Overwatch League based on OW2 has kicked off: https://www.youtube.com/overwatchleague
     
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    Nice! Who kidnapped the overwatch developers and replaced them with people who want to make a fun game!
     
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    Definite improvement on the game but really really really did not need to be overwatch 2. every single thing in overwatch 2, could of been done in a patch for overwatch 1. the change from 6v6 to 5v5 is good, new hero is great, but feels a little OP when you get nano and can actually hit your lazer, I feel a nerf coming already.
     
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    Agree with the sentiment that the multiplayer beta feels more like an Overwatch "v1.5" than Overwatch "2.0". At the same time happy that atleast there's new content. Sojourn is in a polarising place, some high level streamers (like Dafran and Gale for example) have had good success with it and it can sometimes seem OP in the hands of players like that. But in PVP Beta in the the first and now second balance patch which have come out, the character has been buffed both times (albeit incrementally each time as opposed to massively).

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    Developer Blog for Beta week 2: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/23801626/overwatch-2-pvp-beta-week-2-developer-blog/
    Beta Balance Patch 2 changes: https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/news/patch-notes/beta/

    Overview of the Beta patch 2 changes
    to Bap, Mercy and Sojourn


    An interesting thing to come out of the Developer Blog is that support players are dying more often on average than OW1 (that in itself is not the surprising thing as 5v5 vs 6v6 being a faster game and people are adjusting to the new content). But what was interesting is that the higher relative deaths are happening at higher than lower ranks (where support players would have better positioning and skills). The background to this is during alpha/beta some higher level players were dismissing this feeling of "supports are dying more now" to "support players just need to get good now it's 5v5 and skill up". But from Blizzard stat's:
    Blizzard are looking into ways to address that in future patches, so more support changes seem to be on the horizon.
     
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    When a someone goes for a flank or a spawn camp, they only have to focus 1 healer instead of 2. So they will die twice as much, at least. We also dont have off supports anymore, just main support. so the support have no support, unless someone constantly peels which doesnt really happen even at the highest level of play apart from some of the big tank mains out there who are actually good at the game, like poke and his dva.

    Blizzard are also pretty naive when it comes to balancing, if they buff supports at some stage because they are dying to much, its only gonna make it worse. The reasoning is simple, when i que for dps in overwatch around diamond im waiting like 35-40 minutes for a game in OCE, if i go support, it finds a game in 1 minute.

    It is the same in overwatch 2, dps is being flooded, people dont want to wait 20 years for a que. So they pick support, but play the support like a DPS, and end up dying over and over. Lets see if blizzard are smart enough to notice this, or if they will blindly buff supports in the upcoming patches.
     
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    I'm not a big fan of the new maps, they are interesting and have many more shortcuts, side areas, big open areas but it just doesn't seem to work with OW.

    Support characters seem to suffer the most due to there being a lot less safe areas but overall the issue seems to be that everyone gets split up and the benefits or downsides of whatever the tank on each team have gets amplified.

    I also just think the robot pushing mechanic is annoying, why not a simple cart that goes backwards and forwards?
     

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