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Overwatch PTR 1.8 and team comp!

Overwatch PTR 1.8 and team comp!

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As revealed on the Overwatch PTR update that released a few days ago, Bastion, D.Va, and Mercy got massively buffed. These changes (especially to Bastion) could drastically affect the team compositions pro-players decide to use. Today, we’re going to analyze how each of these changes could affect the frequency and the situations these heroes will be used in.

First of all, as stated before, the changes to Bastion are a massive net buff. While his Sentry mode’s cannon got a net nerf, his Recon, self-heal, and Tank mode all got a buff. With Bastion’s recon weapon becoming similar in spread to Soldier 76’s with extremely similar damage and a shield-busting sentry mode (which could affect how much Reinhardt is chosen against an enemy Bastion,) we could see a shift in the pro meta that reduces the amount of Soldier picks and drastically increases the number of Bastion picks.

Second off, D.Va’s Defense Matrix was buffed to reduce the distance an object needed to travel in order to be neutralized. It’s now more on-par with the abilities of Reinhardt’s shield, as it’s able to get rid of Roadhog hooks and Tracer’s pulse bombs. While she may not be a dedicated tank like Reinhardt, she’s becoming a much more viable backup when Reinhardt’s shield goes down. In combination with the Bastion buff, we could see a higher amount of D.Va picks rather than Roadhog, or the return of the Triple Tank meta.

Mercy also got a buff, in that she now becomes invincible like the rest of her teammates when using her Resurrection ultimate. The developers of Overwatch stated that the reason for doing this was that Mercy usually died immediately after using her ultimate in a useful way. They wanted to make sure that Mercy was able to stay in the fight after using her ultimate so any team that had her would have a higher chance of winning. However, we don’t think it’s enough to put her back in the meta.

But, what do you think of the recent PTR release? Do your expected changes in the meta differ from ours? Leave a comment below telling us what you expect and why.

Also, sorry for missing our Wednesday post, but we didn’t want to release any bad training tips for our viewers.


This Week In Gaming #1

This Week In Gaming #1

2.5 million PSP and Xbox 360 accounts hacked, according to CNET.

Just yesterday, the accounts of 2.5 million people on the PSP and XBox 360 were hacked. It leaked the personal information of large amounts of players, including their financial information. Even if you didn’t store your financial information on your XBox Live and PSN account, if you use the password on them on different websites, those accounts are now at risk.

Pokemon Go boosted the sales of Sun and Moon, according to Express.

According to statistics released by Nintendo, the sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon, the first two Pokemon games released after the launch of Pokemon Go, saw higher sales to people in their 20’s and 30’s than usual. 17% of purchasers also had never played a Pokemon game in their life, higher than the usual amount of new fans. Nintendo expects these games to still be selling strongly, along with future Pokemon titles.

XBox One’s Games for Gold titles released, and new backwards-compatible games leaked.

Stuntman: Igniton, Mad Tracks, and JUJU have been leaked to have been ported over from the XBox 360 to the XBox One. The three new games for this week are Alice: Madness Returns, Shadows of the Damned, and Rocket Knight. Games for Gold’s current line-up is Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Project Cars: Digital Edition, Monkey Island 2: Special Edition, and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

PaiN Gaming lawsuit against Riot Games dismissed, according to PVP Live.

The lawsuit was dismissed by the Brazilian courts, and denied Riot Brazil’s requests for reparations. This ends a 9-month long series of drama, however, another team has been found in violation of the “sister team” rule to continue the League of Legends scandals.

ASUS launches new Expedition line of graphics cards, according to AnandTech.

Five new Expedition cards have been released, all coming from the GTX family. ASUS’s objective with this new line is to lower the price of the cards for the same performance and longevity. The cards were stress-tested for 144 hours in different conditions to ensure they would be able to handle what was thrown at them. Their best card out of the line-up was the Expedition GeForce GTX 1070. A motherboard was released with the same goal as the graphics cards. The company aims to sell these to gaming cafes.

Overall, this week has been a good week for gaming (lawsuits and hacking aside.) What do you think? Do the good things this week outweigh the lawsuit and 2.5 million hacked accounts?