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The QueueMay 23, 2016 11:00 am CT

The Queue: Overwatch Day

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We’re celebrating! It’s Overwatch Day!


Are new heroes available immediately in Heroes tournaments?  I didn’t watch a ton of the qualifying matches this weekend, but I haven’t seen Chromie.  Is that just because teams haven’t had enough time to practice with new heroes?

There’s usually a delay between when heroes become available in-game and when they’re allowed to be used in tournament play. It isn’t a huge delay, but enough of a delay to ensure those new heroes are relatively balanced. If a new character is released in a super broken state, it wouldn’t be very good for the competitive scene if that character was allowed in a tournament a few days later. That character would need to be banned every single match by the players to ensure no foul play — the tournament itself might as well preemptively ban that character and let players make more interesting decisions.

In the case of Chromie, she’s in the exact opposite situation when it comes to balance. By all indications, she’s terrible right now. Last I saw, she hovered somewhere around a 30% winrate — almost all other characters hover in the 45%-55% area, right around that 50% ideal. Even the most overpowered characters in Heroes right now aren’t as overpowered as Chromie is terrible. When looking purely at the win/loss ratios, Chromie is the worst hero in the game. Why would you play that in the competitive scene? It’s possible one of the pro players has the magic formula for making Chromie good, but not very likely.

Chromie has the lowest health in the game, has a wind-up period on her skillshot, and has no escape tools other than talenting into a rapid-fire hearthstone … which removes her from the field completely. The only way Chromie is effective is if her opponents ignore her completely. All it takes is one person putting pressure on her to force her to hearth or die.


Are you going to make your demon hunters with the thought process that you may one day race-change them once the class becomes available for other races?  (Even if it’s an expansion or two down the line.)

I already have two blood elves and two night elves on my Horde and Alliance servers.  I don’t mind making a third of each but I’m very likely to pay for race changes in the future if demon hunters become available to worgen and goblins respectively.  I only have one of each.

Bonus if they ever make it so that worgen can actually be night elves in their alternate forms too.

When it comes to Demon Hunters, I think Night/Blood Rlf is the “right” choice. That is, it’s a situation where I feel like the race and class are conjoined. Demon Hunters are Elves. When I think of Demon Hunters, I think of badass Elven cyclones of pain. I can’t envision any other race as a Demon Hunter because Demon Hunters and Elves have been so closely tied together. I love playing Humans in WoW, but I can’t imagine a Human Demon Hunter. Or a Draenei Demon Hunter, an Orc Demon Hunter, or whatever. They just don’t work for me.

That doesn’t mean I don’t think the others should be playable — I’m a fan of letting people play whatever they want — but I can’t see myself wanting to play a Demon Hunter who isn’t an Elf of some variety. Maybe I’ll change my tune if they actually allow Demon Hunters of different races. We’ll see!


If you’re a Skyrim fan, what is/was your favorite “class” build? I was rocking a destruction/conjuration mage. Setting bandits on fire and then hacking them up with a conjured sword while my summoned companion tore their faces off was pretty damn fun.

No matter what I do, no matter how many times I try to be a mage or a big, burly barbarian, I inevitably end up stealthing with a bow. See, it starts out with me using a big two-hander, or a sword/board, but then I see some bad guys off and the distance and decide I can soften them up with arrows before entering a melee. I snipe, get some headshots, they’re all dying, my stealth and bow skills are going up, but my other skills aren’t… and suddenly I’m an assassin archer again.


Do we have any concrete knowledge that Blizzard will have microtransations in Overwatch?

I’ve heard various claims on either side of the fence but nothing that anyone claimed was verified. I’m thinking something like selling loot crates or XP boost packs a la Heroes.

It was mentioned back in February, but as far as I know hasn’t been clarified (or even mentioned) since then. In a blog post, the Overwatch team stated loot boxes would be available for purchase via real money. We haven’t seen signs of that in any of the beta stages, so who knows when that will be implemented. Since they’ll be giving out all of Overwatch’s future new maps and heroes for free, I’d guess they might continue adding new skins to loot boxes and use those to generate revenue.


Along the same vein as Widowmaker Nova, what other Character would you make as a skin for a Hero in Heroes? I would go with Reaper Valla, simply because the spinny DieDieDie is too cool to leave out

I’d prefer they only did those overlaps like Widowmaker Nova when absolutely necessary. The Overwatch heroes are too cool to make them skins of existing characters. However, I can understand why they did Widowmaker Nova in particular. First, their kits aren’t all that different — they’re both snipers. And they had one hell of a time trying to balance Nova in Heroes and it’s debatable whether she’s actually balanced (or fun to play) right now. Sniper characters who take you from 100-0 from stealth/hiding is not super fun in a game like Heroes of the Storm. It works in FPS games, but not MOBAs or RPGs. Adding another Sniper character would be a big pain in the butt.

I think the other characters are unique enough they could be their own thing. There are certain similarities such as Symmetra and Gazlowe both using small turrets, Lucio and Brightwing both healing through passive AOEs, and so forth. But even when there are specific abilities which overlap, the rest of the kit doesn’t. Symmetra also has shields and teleporters. Lucio … you know what, it would actually be hilarious to have Brightwing in rollerblades with dreads.

Lucio Brightwing, please.

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