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Incoming Bastion and Sombra Toast Poses

We recently created a couple of victory poses for Bastion and Sombra that weren’t originally intended for use in our Winter Wonderland 2017 event. However, they ended up being used in a number of marketing assets, which was understandably confusing for some of our players who saw the poses but were unable to collect them. So, as an extra-special treat, we’re going to grant both of these poses to all of our players, regardless of whether or not they logged into Overwatch during the Winter Wonderland event and earned or purchased Winter Loot Boxes. Once they’ve been added to the game, anyone who…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Dec 21, 2018
Purchasing Lootbox from PC to PS4 (Gift?)

Unfortunately this is not possible.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 20, 2018
I want to one-trick Hanzo, but...

Hey, everyone. I just wanted to chime in, because there’s definitely some confusion around one-tricking, and we wanted to take a moment to clarify our philosophy as a development team.We believe players can choose to play any available hero during any game at any time, and that their choice of hero alone is not a behavior that should be penalized by our customer service team under any of the player report categories (including griefing, inactivity, or poor teamwork).We believe players should be evaluated based on their actions with whichever hero they choose. If a player disrupts their team by…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Dec 19, 2018
UPDATE - Large issue with D/Cs. Now Resolved.

Hey folks, we're working with our networking team to investigate the issue that caused a large amount of disconnects for players in the Americas region. Our initial checks are showing the network is stable again and players are safe to queue up for competitive. Apologies for the disruption this morning.(I originally posted this in general discussion but I wanted to share here as well for visibility.)

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 19, 2018
Servers safe now

Hey folks, we're working with our networking team to investigate the issue that caused a large amount of disconnects for players in the Americas region. Our initial checks are showing the network is stable again and players are safe to queue up for competitive. Apologies for the disruption this morning.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 19, 2018
Ls423

Hey folks, we found an issue that would cause intermittent LS-423 errors for some Xbox One players. We've resolved that issue. If you're still experiencing LS-423 please use this thread for assistance, if you're experiencing any other error code please create or use a different thread.Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 19, 2018
Hold To Crouch On Console

We'll be adding "Hold to Crouch" on console in an upcoming patch. Thanks for the request!

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 18, 2018
PTR Testing - Movement Changes

Hi all,We’re making a change on our PTR servers shortly (no patch required!), that reworks some of how our heroes move and accelerate. This was originally done to fix bugs on a couple heroes, but the changes are systemic and affect all Heroes. Specifically, movement on the ground is much more consistent. Going up/down inclines will no longer affect the Hero’s speed. Previously, inclines could either make you move slightly faster or slightly slower, depending on the circumstances. Inclines will also no longer cause a small amount of strafing movement when moving diagonally on them. A side …

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 18, 2018
[ALL] Overwatch Patch Notes - December 14, 2017

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum.For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.BUG FIXESGeneralFixed an issue that caused the game client to crash when certain visual effects were displayedCompetitive PlayFixed a bug in Competitive Play that sometimes caused incorrect time adjustments between subsequent rounds on hybrid mapsHeroes[PC] Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy's …

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Dec 15, 2018
7 Bans, 1 year. No response to tickets. Quitting

CosmicGhost,You have over 220 reports for harassment. Looking at your chat logs, these reports are verified. Here are some examples:now im dont give a [expletive]they can [expletive] my [expletive]tooyou deranged addicted nerdand this community is ignorant and insaneim the reason for anything goodgood morning you sad sad dumb generationLONG WALK FOR A PILE OF [expletive]Plus you continually accuse other players of hacking -- we're seeing this in a significant percentage of your games played. The players you are accusing are not hacking, they are just performing at a high level.Also, you repeat…

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 15, 2018
Doomfist Cryo Freeze and Config Sentry Bug

Those are bugs. Fixes will happen soon. Thank you.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 14, 2018
Payload Bug

Thanks for the report, apologies for this bug. We’ve made a fix and are working on rolling it out as a server hotfix now.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 13, 2018
to Bill Warnecke

Light roast, no cream or sugar. Prefer hot, but definitely do cold brew/iced (unsweetened) if I’ll be outside on a hot day. We have a Starbucks on campus, the baristas there are super nice.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 13, 2018
Shooting barriers should NOT decrease weapon accuracy

As mentioned, this is just a bug.It's listed on our known issues list here:https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20760285893

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 13, 2018
winter wonderland when ?

Hey there, we don't have a specific time for when the event will begin, but I'm drinking my morning coffee and we're getting ready to start this Winter Wonderland party soon. :)Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 12, 2018
[ALL] Overwatch Patch Notes - December 12, 2017

BUG FIXESGeneralFixed an issue that caused the arcade card for Limited Duel and Mystery Duel to not list all currently disabled characters[PC] Fixed an issue that prevented certain sound effects from playing when navigating the Options menu with a controllerFixed a bug in Elimination mode that caused players to spawn as a random hero at the start of a match instead of the one that was highlightedA.I.Fixed a bug that caused Roadhog Bot to get stuck in the spawn room of the Oasis: City Center stage HeroesFixed a visual bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle ammo clip to detach when her Captain Amari…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Dec 12, 2018
Upcoming Competitive Play Changes for Season 8

Limiting the Skill Rating variance for TeamsWith the debut of the new competitive season 8 in January we’re going to be making a few matchmaking changes to increase match quality. The first change is limiting the maximum Skill Rating (SR) difference between the highest SR player on a team and the lowest SR player on the same team. This will especially help players at both the lower and higher limits of SR, where there are typically fewer players available. If a player has an SR of 4500, there are not that many other players who have a similarly high SR. The matchmaker has previously assigned p…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Dec 8, 2018
Ana is Broken on Console (Problem + Cause + Solution)

12/02/2017 01:31 PMPosted by HaezurathThe solution to all of this is adding an "ally aim assist" slider to her character on console. That would make aiming with her more consistent with the rest of the cast. Of course that would mean that there will be more things to pull your crosshair away, but you can always play with the regular aim assist and ally aim assist settings until you find a fair balance.Yup!We're going to add this to an upcoming patch. The setting will be a slider called "Friendly Aim Assist Strength" and will work just like "Aim Assist Strength" against allied targets. You wi…

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 7, 2018
Any updates on Xbox one x

We'll have more information early next year.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 6, 2018
Buff Lucio's Ultimate.

As much as the feedback and discussion is appreciated, we don't currently consider Sound Barrier as an ultimate in need of a power increase.We're listening, though and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 6, 2018
Today is Finland's 100th independence day. Flag, pls?

12/06/2017 06:46 AMPosted by MehuKattiOn this day, 100 years ago, Finland declared its independence. On this day of celebration, we would love to show off our pride by displaying the Finnish national flag in the player profile. We are a small country of 5.5 million people, but many of us play this game and some have even made it to Overwatch League. I understand it's not yet possible to purchase player icons for our player profiles. But if Blizzard could make the flag a lootbox drop, it would make us Finns very, very happy. :)Thank you all for your time to read this! If you think it would be …

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 6, 2018
Possible Custom Game Additions?

Great list. We'll keep these ideas in mind. Feel free to add more to this thread and we'll keep an eye on it.In the next upcoming patch we have some new additions to Custom Game rules coming. Keep an eye out for those.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 6, 2018
All of Sombra's Detrimental Bugs

12/01/2017 03:08 PMPosted by SilentStormInspired by iSinner's bug collection on Doomfist, I decided to do the same thing with Sombra.Go here to see the Reddit Post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/7h0imk/all_of_sombras_detrimental_bugs/---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Translocator BugsBug 1Phantom Translocate: Whenever you throw Translocator, you would go to teleport to safety, it instead teleports you on the spot you were on, making it hard to evade to safety. Example(s):1.1 https://www.youtube.com/watch…

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Dec 6, 2018
Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Dec 4, 2018
Overwatch on Switch?

Hey Squidarang. Jeff talked about this a bit in an interview a few months ago. If you haven’t read that, hopefully it gives some insight.Sorry we don’t have anything more exciting to share at this time. Cheers

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Uncapped Mei-gathread] A new hope for Mei...

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
Where is Team Overwatch?

Hey there, we’re still here! BlizzCon is such a huge event with a lot of interviews and information overload, so the few weeks after can feel a bit more low key. We’ve been working hard on getting the 1.17 Moira patch from the BlizzCon showfloor to live, and the 1.18 patch into testing on PTR which has a lot of important hero fixes (especially for Moira and Doomfist). A few of us have had the awesome opportuntity to see the Blizzard Arena develop a bit as well, we’re under a week away until the pre-season Overwatch League games are played! I can’t wait for you all to see how amazing the Blizza…

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] 2018: time to buff Mei?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] 2018, not another year of Mei in F tier

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Stop ignoring Mei!

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] I'm disappointed...

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Waiting Mei buffs on PTR

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Waiting Mei buffs on PTR

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] 2018: will Mei be buffed?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] 2018: will Mei be buffed?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Is Mei still on devs radar?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Did devs forgot about Mei?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
[Mei-gathread] Did devs forget about Mei?

Hey folks thanks for the well written post and great discussion. Please continue to use this thread for Mei discussion and we’ll monitor it. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2018
Doomfist Update

I wanted to give you guys a quick update on some Doomfist issues we’ve been working on. We’ve just updated the PTR today with many bug fixes, and even since then we’ve fixed a few more. Here is a summary of where we are right now with Doomfist issues specifically:Things that are fixedWall slamming should be much improved. The wall slamming logic has also been simplified so players should find that a 45 degree impact angle is the cutoff between the target being slammed into the wall, or sliding off. This is the biggest change that should be noticeable instantly.Rocket Punch now breaks breakable…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Nov 30, 2018
THEY JUST NERFED MOIRA RMB LOCK-ON

Hi everyone! We wanted to give you a heads up on what’s happening with the targeting on Moira’s Biotic Grasp.On the PTR, we made a number of improvements to the mechanism that Moira uses to select a target. Now players can more accurately select a target when multiple targets are in the field of view (which resolves issues like this: https://streamable.com/rosvo), and the new system can better discern which target is closest to the player's reticle when multiple targets are valid. When we made this change, we did our best to make the everything feel as close to her original system as possible…

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Nov 22, 2018
[ALL] Overwatch Patch Notes – November 16, 2017

BUG FIXESGeneralMade several visual adjustments to revamp the spectator mode HUD including an improved spectator mode UI, a new unit frame style, and an animated ultimate indicatorFixed a bug that prevented players from adding spectators to a Deathmatch game from within the Custom Game lobbyA.I.Fixed a bug that prevented bots from respawning when they were moved to a different slot or team within the Custom Game lobbyFixed a bug that prevented the Sombra bot from hacking health packsFixed an issue that affected the Bastion bot’s movement when defending Point A on EichenwaldeFixed a bug that pr…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Nov 17, 2018
So who hacked omnics in Pharah comics

11/08/2017 09:40 PMPosted by BlackTemplar11/08/2017 09:37 PMPosted by SteamPunkIt was the God Program Anubisi probably should've reread comics before postingWhat the hell is god program anyway? How many are there? How do they created?"God program" is more of a colloquial term describing Anubis than a designation for a class of AIs.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Nov 9, 2018
Is Moira truly evil?

It's up to your own interpretation but one thing I'd mention is that Moira is much more interested in the pursuit of scientific knowledge purely for the sake of understanding. She's less interested in the practical applications that derive from her discoveries: she is driven to know how things work.That said, she has different ideas than most scientists about what constitutes acceptable research methodology.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Nov 8, 2018
Talon Council Members

11/07/2017 02:07 PMPosted by PhoenixRisenSo I would absolutely love to know if Moira, Reaper, Vialli, Maximilien and Sanjay Korpal are Talon Council members alongside Doomfist. I know it is said that they are on fan wiki's but I would love to know if it's actually official or could be verified by someone on the dev team or even the Gods Jeff Kaplan or Michael Chu. From what I can see in the Masquerade comic and the Moira origin story I would believe it to be true but I can't know for sure unless officially confirmed.Vialli is dead. (He's the one that Doomfist threw over the railing in Masquera…

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Nov 8, 2018
Console Report System is Broken. This is my story.

Hi, there!When a player reports someone else for Abusive Chat, we do in fact check to make sure that the reported player used either voice or text chat.Looking at the logs of all reports, you've received quite a number of unique reports for Abusive Chat since you were last silenced. For all these reports you were noted as having used chat. There are also quite a few games where you didn't use chat, and you instead got reported in those for Poor Teamwork or Griefing.Based on the player comments accompanying the various reports, it seems even without a microphone you've been spamming voice lines…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 24, 2018
AFK Kicker Inconsistent

The rules for inactivity do vary based on the game mode and settings. There is not one set of rules that governs it all. In general, if you do not pick a hero, remain idle, or are not contributing to the current game objective, you will be marked AFK.If you do encounter a specific AFK that you believe is in error, please post as much detail here (video links are a HUGE help!) and we'll investigate.Thanks!

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 11, 2018
Rez no longer resets GA cooldown

This is an intended change. I'll update the PTR thread as well. The intent is make it more difficult to resurrect dead allies that are in bad positions.

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 11, 2018
New Guardian Angel Mechanics on PTR

This is great, thanks for this post. I've worked through these bugs and we will hopefully get a new build up later today to take a look at. Thanks for checking this out and giving feedback!

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 11, 2018
Lucio feels 'heavy'

We've increased the boost he gets off walls, but there was an extra vert component that wasn't increased proportionally so thats probably why he feels heavy, he isn't getting as much lift as before.We're going to do another PTR patch today, i'll see about getting this vert boosted as well.

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 11, 2018
Lucio PTR Bug Pushed To Live

Let me clarify whats going on here.Previous to this update, there was a bug that made it possible to input multiple jump commands very quickly while riding on a wall to trigger a super boost. This was only possible by binding mouse wheel to jump or potentially some other macro program to simulate this.This exploit is now fixed, so those that were using it will notice it doesn't work anymore. This doesn't affect anyone who was using Lucio normally, only those that were abusing this bug.That said, we are looking at possibly increasing his wall boost speed in the future to bring some of this back…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 10, 2018
Mercy's Momentium Trick

10/05/2017 05:12 PMPosted by KryptsmIt is NOT ok when the Roadhog ult pushes you all the way across the map, or the Pharah boops you 100 feet farther than the nearest teammates.Yes this is part of the problem with the way it was working (as a bug). Since it was removing all of your air resistance, if you got pushed while you were in the air you got knocked way too far etc.Hopefully we can find a solution that gives similar functionality to what was there without all the side effects of just leaving a bug in the game.

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Oct 6, 2018
New Mercy ult has lines on the PTR now (New lines updated)

Appreciate the feedback from everyone! Agree with your feedback and planning to make some adjustments to her ult lines before release.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Sep 1, 2018
Can Mercy still say "Heroes Never Die" when she Resses?

There are a few changes to Mercy's voice lines for Resurrect (and there's some additional changes that didn't make the PTR) as we're experimenting with her design changes:She still says "Heroes never die" as one of a few different optionsThe alternate lines play significantly less often than "Heroes never die", but you will hear some variantsThere are still skin variations ("Heroes never die... for a price", "Til Valhalla", etc.), but not all of them are hooked up in the PTR build

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Aug 24, 2018
Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Aug 16, 2018
What was your first FPS/Shooter ?

Wolfenstein 3D, though the first one I really sank hours and hours into was the original Quake.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Aug 3, 2018
Bring back the Young Hanzo voice from the Overwatch beta!

I've mentioned this before, but there was no "young Hanzo" voice that was removed. I believe it's referencing a number of alternative ult lines for his other skins that made it into the beta builds.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Aug 2, 2018
Supports and Skill Rating

Over the past few weeks we’ve been reviewing reports from players about how their SR gains after a win appear to be lower when they play as a support. I wanted to share some of the results of the investigations so far and clear up some community misconceptions along the way.As part of the 1.9 Orisa patch, we made a change to how assist scoring was handled to address what we honestly considered to be a bug. Players were getting full assist credit even if the player being assisted did very little to the target. This change, along with other more significant balance changes in the patch, meant th…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Apr 18, 2018
What do Blizzard employees do when on the forms?

The majority of our development team don't post, but they do read the forums a lot. We tend to look for discussion around the areas of the game that we work on, or on topics that interest us as players. For the few of us who do post we tend to drop in on topics that we have knowledge of and are important to players. Sometimes we may post in a more casual or offtopic thread just to say hi. All of us are very passionate about Overwatch and feel a part of the community. Playing the game is the biggest connection but the forums are very important as well.Cheers!

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Feb 18, 2018
Shop Error

Hey folks we just rolled out a patch for this, apologies for the delay. If you close Overwatch and restart your console you should be able to access the shop normally when you log back in.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Feb 18, 2018
The Ability that could replace scatter arrow

02/14/2018 11:45 AMPosted by EquinoxI really like the abilities Jeff mentioned in the recent dev update (30 min ago). One where Hanzo leaps in a direction (hopefully in the air, a backflip, and not just a dash forward like McCree's Roll) and another where he is able to rapidly fire 5 arrows. I feel like it would combo nicely.The way we have his leap working right now in our internal builds is that its a double-jump, much like his brother, but with a couple key differences. Firstly, it is mostly a horizontal leap (and its pretty fast), unlike Genji's vertical leap. Secondly, it has a small cool…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 14, 2018
Current Sombra in PTR

Our patch note for her passive wasn't quite right, we're going to fix it very soon. Let me clarify what exactly is changing with it:On live, her passive actually does 2 separate things:1) It lets you see enemies through walls if they are less than half health2) It lets you see enemy health bars above their heads if they are less than half health (regardless of if you had damaged them or not)We're changing #2 so she can see health bars if they are injured at all, but #1 (wall hack) still requires <50% health to trigger. This allows her to have more information once she gets behind her enemies t…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 14, 2018
[PC] Overwatch PTR Patch Notes – February 14, 2018

A new Overwatch patch is currently in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report and issue, please post in the PTR Feedback or PTR Bug Report forums.Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes will also be available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and therefore will only reflect changes coming specifically to that platform.HERO UPDATESDoomfistHand CannonAmmo recovery rate increased from 0.8 seconds to 0.65 seconds per bulletDeveloper Comme…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Feb 14, 2018
Random Ping Spikes on NA East Coast Server

Hey folks, we're investigating these reports.If you're able to post the results of a WinMTR test while the problems are actively happening and let us know what IP address you see in the top left of the netgraph (ctrl-shift-N on PC)?

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Feb 13, 2018
Lucio Adjustments Necessary for CTF

We're patching Lúcio very soon.He will drop the flag on wall ride.Patch will most likely hit Tuesday (pacific time) on PC and Wednesday/Thurs (pacific) for Console (we have to get the patch through certification -- that's why there is a difference in release time -- sorry).Not only is his speed unreasonably fast with the boost from Wall Ride but he can also get to places that are very difficult to defend against.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 13, 2018
[PC] Overwatch Patch Notes – February 13, 2018

A new patch is now live on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Read below to learn more about the latest changes.To share your feedback, please post in the General Discussion forum.For a list of known issues, visit our Bug Report forum.For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum.HERO UPDATESLúcioWall RideActivating Wall Ride will now cause the flag to drop during Capture the Flag matchesDeveloper Comments: Lúcio’s Wall Ride allowed him to reach unintended places in Capture the Flag maps, which made it overly difficult for opponents to stop him. So, we have changed t…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Feb 13, 2018
Symmetra needs MORE than a 'Small adjustment.'

We disagree that Mei needs a major rework. We are trying some improvements to her but they are not major.Symmetra will require more work to get into a better place and therefore take longer to address.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 12, 2018
Random Ping Spikes on NA Central (ORD1) Server

Hey folks, we're investigating these reports.If you're able to post the results of a WinMTR test while the problems are actively happening and let us know what IP address you see in the top left of the netgraph (ctrl-shift-N on PC)?

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Feb 12, 2018
Hi jeff, how is hanzo coming along?

We're still working on him so it might be a bit early to talk about where we are right now.What I can do is mention a few things we have tried that haven't worked so far, that might be interesting.We tried replacing Scatter Arrow with Piercing Arrow, which was an arrow that had an extremely fast projectile speed and would pierce through enemies and barriers. This was pretty fun as a 'snipey' arrow that you could occasionally take a super long-ranged shot at an enemy widow, pharah, or just a support in their back lines. Ultimately though, it was pretty frustrating to be feeling safe behind a ba…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 9, 2018
THANK YOU

Let's be clear here and not confuse policy:One Tricking is not bannable and should not be reported (it even says so in the text)Throwing is bannable and should be reported. We appreciate your help here.False reporting is bannable. Don't misuse the report system.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 9, 2018
Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Feb 9, 2018
Getting mass reported for not playing Mercy anymore

02/07/2018 02:22 AMPosted by MuffyFormer otp but I dont play/enjoy her anymore and ppl start to insult me and attack me. Appearently im trolling griefing and throwing if i play other Heroes than Mercy now. Cant wait for my ban lolMy last 2 week experiences in shortMe on this Account: 200hrs Mercy, 100hrs SombraPick Mercy: "Why Mercy, she sucks (she does), go Zen/Moira"Pick Ana: "go Zen/Moira, you suck"Pick Sombra (positive Winrate 12 hrs): "You throw, gg, reported"Pick Reaper (couple of Hours on different Acc): "you suck, reported"Pick Any DPS: "Mercy main playing DPS? gg, you suck, lets throw…

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 9, 2018
How is hanzo coming along?

We're still working on him so it might be a bit early to talk about where we are right now.What I can do is mention a few things we have tried that haven't worked so far, that might be interesting.We tried replacing Scatter Arrow with Piercing Arrow, which was an arrow that had an extremely fast projectile speed and would pierce through enemies and barriers. This was pretty fun as a 'snipey' arrow that you could occasionally take a super long-ranged shot at an enemy widow, pharah, or just a support in their back lines. Ultimately though, it was pretty frustrating to be feeling safe behind a ba…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 9, 2018
Junker Queen

She's soooooo not nice.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
What's the state of Pharah?

We feel like Pharah is in good spot right now.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Winston could use a buff to his shield

We feel like Winston's shield is extremely powerful. Winston uses his shield very differently than Reinhardt or Orisa but we feel like it fits his kit well and is very strong. We're not currently thinking about any buffs for Winston.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Devs-Where Are You

We have no plans to revert Mercy. We also feel like she's not in a horrible place or unplayable. It's still to be determined if she is exactly where she should be because it has been too soon and the dust needs to settle. Her playtime in QP and Comp is still incredibly high. Her winrate is still above 50% but more in line with what we'd expect.But I'd like to put the notion that Mercy is going to be reverted to rest.Also, we don't agree with the statement that all supports are weak. Support heroes are extremely powerful and impactful in OW.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
We really need a new colorblind mode

We're still planning updates to colorblind mode using the OWL system. Sorry it's taking so long.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Will the Thailand map be permanent?

02/06/2018 06:54 PMPosted by ColinthePyroWill it still be in custom game options or rotate out like the Lucioball maps? Please, CTF is one of my favorite arcade modes!Yes, Ayutthaya will be a permanent addition to the Capture the Flag map pool.(p.s. apologies for not posting on the forums for awhile. my forum account was in a broken state because we're preparing to update to our new forums soon and we were doing some testing. small indie company)

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Will D.Va receive a nerf in near future?

We're always evaluating all of the heroes. We don't have any D.Va adjustments in the works. She gets played a lot and is very powerful but she's not on our list currently.These heroes are on our balance list:MeiSombraSymmetraDoomfistTorbjornHanzoWe're trying different things for all of them. I know you want details but I don't have them now -- we're experimenting. Some will be ready sooner than others. I'd expect Mei, Sombra and Doomfist first... maybe Hanzo depending on the direction we pick.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
I miss playing Doomfist.

Doomfist actually has a couple things coming, one change is coming in the next update.The change that is coming soon will help make his primary fire more consistent. We've increased the number of bullets that he fires, but lowered their individual damage. The net result is the same damage over time, but there shouldn't be as much variance from shot to the next. Along the same lines, we've changed his spread pattern to help consistency as well.There is at least one more change we're testing that wont hit until a little bit later, which you guys still see once we get closer to the next PTR (as J…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
So about this new ~social media~ ban policy

We have no control over what comments you make on social media.If a video gets posted of you playing OW and doing things that are against the rules, we will action you if we see it and can confirm the bad behavior.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Maps not in OWL

The map pool is limited by stage. Stage 1 ends this Saturday. When Stage 2 resumes (Feb 21), you'll see new maps.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Jeff how about torb?

02/07/2018 05:57 PMPosted by AkiraHimSince Jeff is around, will torb get some love too in the next PTR like doomfist?Torb is on the list but no changes on the next PTR. He's going to take some time to do what we want to do.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
CAPTURE THE FLAG UPDATES - February 8, 2018

Hi everyone,The Lunar New Year 2018 festivities are in full swing which means Capture the Flag is back in action and even sports a brand-new competitive mode. We’ve taken last year’s feedback and made several updates to the game mode so it’s more fun than ever.RULE CHANGESFlag pickup is instantFlag cannot be picked up for 5 seconds after droppedFlag return is 4 secondsFlag return does not stop when taking damageMatch length is 8 minutesAfter scoring, the flag takes 15 seconds to respawnRestricted abilities drop the flag (specific hero skills)Our biggest change is defining a new category of res…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
HIDDEN SOMBRA CHANGES in NEW PATCH

A few changes that are being worked on accidentally found their way into the most recent patch. This is unintentional and we're working on removing these.We're planning on putting up a new PTR soon that has these changes (and more), so consider this a sneak peak.Here are the complete changes (so far) for Sombra that we are looking to test out soon:* No longer gains ult from health pack healing* Weapon Spread decreased by 10%* Hacking speed increased from 0.8s to 0.65s* Hacking will disable more abilities. Basically any ability that requires a button press will also be disabled. Here is a list:…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
Jeff, Could You Leave Sombra's buffs on live? Please?

02/08/2018 03:46 PMPosted by PrometheusI mean if they end up being just way to bad after a couple days you can always get rid of them then... or you know, just let Sombra players have a lot of fun for a bit ;)Those changes will be patched out soon but be up on PTR for further testing shortly after (along with some other balance changes).Hopefully, those or something like those will make their way to live soon.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
What exactly is Mccrees role?

https://clips.twitch.tv/InnocentFilthyWatercressYouDontSay

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 8, 2018
[Feedback Thread] Mercy Updates - Jan 30, 2018

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write up thoughtful feedback here. We're reading the responses daily.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Feb 2, 2018
"D.va was never a StarCraft pro": the retcon we missed

Misconception probably wasn't the right way to describe it, more like something that we haven't clarified properly. I think the best I can do here is give the backstory (har har) on how we got here:Going back to when we announced D.Va as a hero, we had been experimenting with using different methods of teasing new characters. We thought it'd be fun to use the StarCraft WCS site and slip D.Va in as she had a background as a pro gamer (this all happened before she was officially announced). At the time, I actually worried that it would be taken as canon, but I was hoping elements like the fact h…

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Feb 1, 2018
New Forum Platform and Features Incoming

Hey everyone,Over the past couple of years, we’ve been listening to your suggestions about leveling up the forums and maintaining a positive community experience. We know that the forums can sometimes be difficult to navigate, with posts often getting buried and a report function that doesn’t always appear to lead to action. This is why we’re excited to announce that we will be launching new Overwatch forums next month. The rollout will begin with our English (US) forums, followed shortly by our other supported regions and languages. With a streamlined look and new features to match, this chan…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Jan 31, 2018
[PS4] HUD disappearing randomly

Thank you very much for putting all of this together, we are investigating the issue.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 31, 2018
New Forum Platform And Features Coming February 20

Hey everyone,Over the past couple of years, we’ve been listening to your suggestions about leveling up the forums and maintaining a positive community experience. We know that the forums can sometimes be difficult to navigate, with posts often getting buried and a report function that doesn’t always appear to lead to action. This is why we’re excited to announce that we will be launching new Overwatch forums next month. The rollout will begin with our English (US) forums, followed shortly by our other supported regions and languages. With a streamlined look and new features to match, this chan…

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Jan 31, 2018
[ALL] Overwatch Patch Notes – January 30, 2018

PATCH HIGHLIGHTSWorld of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-purchase GoodiesWhen you pre-purchase a Digital Deluxe version of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth you’ll receive several Warcraft-themed goodies in Overwatch. Show your faction pride on the battlefields of tomorrow with emotes for Tracer; Horde- and Alliance-themed voice lines for Torbjörn; Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang sprays; and Kul Tiras and Zandalar player icons. To pre-order World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, click here.

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Josh Engen
Overwatch Team
Published:  Jan 30, 2018
Dev Update with nothing on Sombra

01/25/2018 05:50 PMPosted by HarleyI’ve seen an enourmous amount of threads about all heroes mentioned in the developer update EXCEPT... Sombra wasn’t even mentioned in the update. She is and has been one of the most talked about heroes, the community saying she needs buffs or tweaks AND she has had an awful winrate and pickrate since she has been released. STILL nothing on Sombra. What does it take?!?!We've been talking about her. We're trying out some minor changes on Doomfist too.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 26, 2018
Welcome to EcoPoint Brazil

Wow this is awesome! Every day when I open our forums I wonder what new thing I’ll discover, the community never ceases to inspire and amaze me. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 23, 2018
in Queue: 1000 players ahead of you..

Hey folks we're really sorry for the queues. We're almost fully recovered now, thanks for being so patient. Cheers!

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 23, 2018
Bug with OWL and Main menu

Hey there, this issue is fixed in a future patch, thanks for the report.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 23, 2018
Server status

Hey folks, our network engineers have investigated an issue causing connection problems for some west coast players. They've made a change to mitigate the problem and players who were affected should have stable connections now.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 22, 2018
Lost connection without the reason

Hey folks, our network engineers have investigated an issue causing connection problems for some west coast players. They've made a change to mitigate the problem and players who were affected should have stable connections now.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Jan 22, 2018
Xbox Twitch/E

We hope to improve the experience. There are rules in place for 3rd party developers (what we are on Xbox) about launching other 3rd party applications.For the most part, these rules are there to protect you, the player. But yeah, it could be better.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 19, 2018
Welp RIP console

01/18/2018 05:21 PMPosted by TinyTaurenconsidering that the number of Mouse and keyboard users is increasing, this game will just become the equivalent to moded lobbies in the old cod games. Seriously 1-2 in every match and you can report them but since the system is automated nothing will happen unless 99% of the earth's population reports themCurrently, we cannot do anything about players using input conversion devices to use Mouse and Keyboard on console.However, we have put serious research and development against this problem and we're hoping to have a solution to what we consider to be u…

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 19, 2018
Will Numbani airport ever get fixed?

For now we like the airport the way it is, showing more of the story of Doomfist and Orisa's origins, rather than the pristine airport (pretty as it was!) when the map first launched.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Jan 18, 2018
Movement Update

Hi everyone, We wanted to take some time to explain the recent movement changes in depth (with examples). Hopefully this will help everyone better understand what changed, and what did not.Incline Changes:There were two persistent issues with movement on inclines that we wanted to clean up.First, while moving diagonally on inclines you would end up being slightly strafed left or right even if you were only attempting to move forward. This can be a subtle source of aiming issues for many people, and now the player will properly move forward in this situation. Second, movement up and down incli…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Jan 17, 2018
Continuous bans for playing off-meta heroes

Original Poster --We looked into your account and are unable to find any suspensions against that account.Are you posting from that account or can you please provide the BattleTag(####) that you are referencing so we can look into it?

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 16, 2018
Blizzard World and It's Skins

01/09/2018 06:51 PMPosted by MeiMain01/09/2018 06:49 PMPosted by Jeff Kaplan...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.Is every hero getting something? Or some of them will get nothing?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 rec…

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 10, 2018
Movement changes

We're watching feedback to movement changes very closely. The more detailed you can be (like some of the responses above) the better as it will really help us hone in on what was an intended change versus a bug.To be clear, many of the movement changes we made were to address long-standing bugs and other movement oddities. Some of these players never even noticed. For example, previously when moving down a slope at an angle, you were strafing whether you intended to or not.In order to address bugs with heroes such as Reinhardt and Doomfist, some of the movement code had to be re-written. It's …

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 10, 2018
Blizzard World and It's Skins

01/09/2018 06:26 PMPosted by EMc73Will the PTR balance changes likely be coming out with the map?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.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 10, 2018
Movement changes

We're watching feedback to movement changes very closely. The more detailed you can be (like some of the responses above) the better as it will really help us hone in on what was an intended change versus a bug.To be clear, many of the movement changes we made were to address long-standing bugs and other movement oddities. Some of these players never even noticed. For example, previously when moving down a slope at an angle, you were strafing whether you intended to or not.In order to address bugs with heroes such as Reinhardt and Doomfist, some of the movement code had to be re-written. It's …

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 10, 2018
Getting Queued Up With Grand Masters

01/04/2018 02:31 PMPosted by steelmanI'm a player who has only played less than 10 games in Diamond in all seasons. Whenever I play 4v4 Deathmatch, the enemy team always has Grand Masters. Is there any way to prevent this from happening?We're looking into cases like this. We had a similar discussion about this yesterday as it can sometimes occur in Quick Play as well.Long story short, you have a separate matchmaking rating for Competitive Play than you do for other modes so sometimes players playing more or less of those modes can cause occurrences like this. We have some solutions in mind.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 5, 2018
junkrats state in the game from a masters junk main

We have changes to Junkrat and Mercy going up to the PTR (hopefully) this afternoon. We've been trying some changes internally and we'll put them up so you can see what you think.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 5, 2018
PTR Hero Changes

With this latest PTR update, we’ve made the following hero changes:HERO UPDATESJunkratConcussion MineWill now deal less damage to targets farther away from the explosion’s centerDeveloper Comments: Junkrat has been enjoying the flexibility his double-charge Concussion Mine provides, but it has now become a bit too easy to throw out huge bursts damage in a large area. With this change he can still dish out similar damage but he must now be more accurate with his tosses.MercyValkyrieNo longer makes Resurrect instantNo longer grants a bonus charge of ResurrectThe speed boost that Guardian Angel r…

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Geoff Goodman
Principal Designer
Published:  Jan 5, 2018
Overwatch: Tracer & Pharah Contradiction

Age was definitely not the reason that Pharah wasn't offered Overwatch membership before it was shut down. As people have mentioned in the thread, Overwatch was more than willing to bring on talented people, regardless of their age.

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Michael Chu
Lead Writer
Published:  Jan 5, 2018
junkrats state in the game from a masters jr main

We have changes to Junkrat and Mercy going up to the PTR (hopefully) this afternoon. We've been trying some changes internally and we'll put them up so you can see what you think.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 4, 2018
Blizzard World release date thoughts?

We're glad that you all are so excited for Blizzard World. The map is almost ready for release but not quite there yet. It won't be out this week but we are committed to releasing it very early this year!

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Jan 2, 2018
January 2nd Competitive Play Changes Now Live

Late last year I discussed competitive play changes that were coming on January 2nd after we got back from the holidays.https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20759648155The changes discussed in that post have now been applied. Good luck to everyone in Season 8!

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Jan 2, 2018
Hold To Crouch On Console

We'll be adding "Hold to Crouch" on console in an upcoming patch. Thanks for the request!

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 18, 2017
Mercy nerfed again ptr

Hey folks, I believe this is a bug that was fixed after the PTR build for Friday was created. We'll look to update the PTR on Monday with these fixes.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2017
Overwatch server list

Hey there repomanz, unfortunately we're unable to provide a list of IP ranges for you.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2017
[MISLEADING] Nagle's Algorithm (Faster, better gameplay)

As WallyWalrick noted this doesn't help networking performance for Overwatch. We don't recommend people make this change arbitrarily. Additionally, many latency sensitive TCP based applications disable Nagle's Algorithm (TCP_NODELAY) on their network sockets, so globally disabling it is not necessarily a good idea.Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Dec 3, 2017
Why does the update have no bugfixes?

The Moira and Doomfist bug fixes are currently part of the 1.18 patch and are on our PTR servers right now. The changes for both heroes have pretty big scope and complexity so we want to make sure things work right before releasing them.The live update today is a smaller bug fix patch for 1.17 and includes especially important fixes for console players.Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Nov 30, 2017
Will the Doomfist Fixes be pushed to live?

The Doomfist fixes are part of the 1.18 patch.1.18 is still making its way through our PTR phase so we don’t have an exact date for live, but it shouldn’t be too long to wait. Cheers.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Nov 30, 2017
When are new items coming

11/28/2017 06:10 PMPosted by alfislegendThe "a lot" is the owl skins. Calling it nowOWL Skins are something different entirely. More information will be coming from the League soon.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 29, 2017
Blizzard World Release Schedule?

Early next year.So far the testing on PTR has been super helpful. Thank you!

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 29, 2017
3v3

We're glad you like 3v3 so much. It will be back! Our goal with our recent changes is to have content cycling more quickly in the Arcade.Don't forget, you can always run any game mode you want in Custom Game as well.Also, we think that Competitive 3v3 is a really cool idea... could be really fun and different.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 29, 2017
8 Months and Still "Your Rendering Device Has Been Lost"

Hey folks, the render device lost error is a general error that can occur for many reasons and the first place to check for more detail is this thread.There is a known device lost problem with AMD drivers, we're working with AMD to resolve this issue. If you have an AMD card please look at this thread for additional information and potential workarounds.

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Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Nov 29, 2017
Bill Warnecke
Lead Engineer
Published:  Nov 24, 2017
TANK MAINS assemble!! It's time we answer the call!!

Live with Honor, RichC!I have 240+ hours on Tank Heroes. I'll be your shield!

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 15, 2017
Explanation on the Torb main ban from Blizzard

I just wanted to chime in and make sure that everyone knows that we’re currently digging into the reports, investigating this ban, and thinking about how this type of situation affects specialized players and their teammates. We take both sides of the issue very seriously. We believe that players should be able to choose their favorite heroes, but playing as a team (which includes building an effective team composition) is a core part of the Overwatch experience. It’s a delicate balance, and we’re still working on getting it right (and probably always will be). If you’ve been playing Blizzar…

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Josh Engen
Community Manager
Published:  Nov 11, 2017
The Art of Overwatch

That will mean so much to the Art Team. They worked so hard not only on the art of the game but they also put in a lot of time making that book awesome. I remember the first time Arnold showed us the cover, we were all floored with how awesome it was. Bill Petras, our Art Director, put a ton into it as well.The writing is really cool too. Matt Burns interviewed a ton of the artists and put some really great insight into the book.I will pass along the feedback! Thanks for this.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 8, 2017
Moira lines in Gaelic

11/07/2017 09:00 AMPosted by JakuNononShe has several lines in GaelicTrue!

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 8, 2017
Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 2, 2017
Disabling outlines and names in custom games

05/09/2017 11:41 AMPosted by FancyNightIn hide and seek custom games people find out that most of the time when they get spotted is because the seeker(s) can see their name and outline (I don't play much hide and seek myself) so it would be nice to get an option to disable the name and outline of enemy players and allies, it'll make game modes like that much more fun and intense. It's up to you at the end of the day to agree with me.Thank you for readingWe'll look into adding this.

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Jeff Kaplan
Game Director
Published:  Nov 2, 2017
Season 6 Ending Soon

Hey everyone, Season 6 of Competitive Play is coming to an end soon, so we wanted to lay out a few key dates and important pieces of information regarding the upcoming season roll. DATE AND TIMESSeason 6 will officially end on Saturday, October 28 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (or Sunday, October 29 at 00:00 UTC). Season 7 is currently scheduled to launch three days later on Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (or Thursday, November 1 at 00:00 UTC).For time zone assistance, and to see when the season will roll in your region, visit thetimezoneconverter.com. SEASON 6 REWARDSIf you completed your placement …

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Josh Engen
Community Manager
Published:  Oct 24, 2017
Overwatch Halloween Terror Victory Pose Update

Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to Overwatch Halloween Terror! As some of you may have already noticed (especially if you joined us for our Halloween event last year), we’ve made two major changes to this year’s selection of seasonal victory poses: The first change is that many of the tombstone-themed victory poses from our 2016 collection will no longer drop from Halloween Loot Boxes. These poses can still be unlocked in the Hero Gallery, however, at the discounted price (75 credits) for the duration of the event.The second change is that we’ve introduced a new series of pumpkin-themed …

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Josh Engen
Community Manager
Published:  Oct 10, 2017
[ALL] Overwatch Patch Notes – October 10, 2017

HERO UPDATESGeneralUltimate charge is now immediately expended when a hero's ultimate ability is activated, instead of depleting over a short period of timeDeveloper Comments: One of the most common pieces of feedback we receive revolves around the way Overwatch handles ultimate interruptions. Players often feel frustrated when they’re able to prevent an enemy from using an ultimate, only to see that same enemy use it again immediately after respawning.Until now, many ultimates drained the meter quickly over time, instead of instantly setting the meter to zero when the button was pressed. We o…

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Josh Engen
Community Manager
Published:  Oct 7, 2017
No-hit detection MEGATHREAD

Hey everyone,Thank you consolidating all these videos. Having access to hard evidence, in context, is immeasurably useful. We’d like to give you an update of where we stand with respect to hit registration issues. I’ll group these issues into three buckets:Issues where we understand the problem and are working on a fixIssues for which we have a fix on deck or a recently deployed fixIssues which are not defects, but deliberate trade-offs against “favor the shooter”Let’s look at each of these in turn. The biggest outstanding issue emerges from how we reconcile lost player input on the server…

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Sep 22, 2017
Console Aim-Ease Problems Mega Thread

We are investigating reports of undesired changes to aim feel with the latest patch. We have a good lead on the cause, and we will very likely be able to address the issue quickly, without requiring a patch.The intent of the Aim Ease In change was to maintain the previous patch's aim characteristics if you didn't touch the Aim Ease In slider. We introduced a defect where aim characteristics changed in general. We will work to rectify the situation as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any frustration we have caused.

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Aug 30, 2017
Linear Ramp and Aim Curves

I’d like to clear up some confusion about the difference between Linear and Exponential Ramp as well as announce some new options you can leverage to fine tune your aim. I’ve read a few posts that assume Exponential Ramp yields a exponentially higher turn rate than Linear when the aim stick is fully deflected. This is a reasonable assumption, since an exponential curve will yield a higher result than a linear curve for values greater than 1. However, the goal of Exponential Ramp is to map a sensitive aim stick to a restrained aim value. We achieve this goal by mapping linear input to expon…

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Aug 15, 2017
Explain what exactly is the respawn change, please.

There was an existing system that slowly increased the defender respawn time in the case where there are more attackers than defenders on an objective for 30 seconds. The defender respawn time then increased in a linear fashion up to a maximum when the attackers held an advantage for 90 seconds.We simply retuned the timing so that the increased defender respawn time starts after 15 seconds of attacker advantage, and also reaches the maximum possible increase of defender spawn time at 75 seconds.Note that this timer doesn't immediately reset to 0 if the attackers temporarily leave the objective…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Jul 27, 2017
Please rework zenyatta end of game card

I wanted to clarify some of the Statistic Card rules in question, because there's some misunderstandings about the system.Defensive assists are gained as Zenyatta if you were healing them with Orb of Harmony or Transcendence at the point someone else eliminated an enemy. Offensive assists are gained if the target had Orb of Discord. The statistic has nothing to do at all with whether you are on offense or defense during your game.To get a card for any statistic, you need to have the most of that statistic across ALL players, both on your team and the enemy's. So even if you have gold medal for…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Jul 20, 2017
leaving after leaver countdown penalizes SR on next game

Thanks for the report on this, we looked into and found the underlying issue that caused the behavior you noted. We'll be working on a fix soon.

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Jul 7, 2017
Season 4 End Date?

We are indeed adding a countdown to the current competitive season's end in an upcoming patch.In the meantime, I can let you know that Season 4 will end on May 29 at 0:00 UTC. We decided to have a shorter amount of "offseason" time without competitive play as compared to previous seasons.As a reminder, the time of May 29 0:00 UTC can correspond to different time and date depending on where you live in the world. As an example, that date and time is May 28 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time or May 28 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time.

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  May 16, 2017
Aim Assist "friction" bug at longer ranges

04/26/2017 12:47 PMPosted by XHADust asking out of curiosity and frustration why the arcade queue glitch has not been patched up yet even though it has been in the game for well over 4 months.link to 100 percent reproducible steps to get it as well as the issue-https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20753818020#post-1I'll pass that bug onto QA and we'll resolve it. I'm sorry no one had responded to that bug. Thank you for finding the repro steps for us! That helps a ton.

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Apr 27, 2017
Upcoming Comp. Play Change - Assault Objectives

Last week as part of the release of patch 1.10, we made a change to how a competitive match victory was determined on Assault and Assault/Escort maps. We had received a tremendous amount of feedback that ties on these maps felt unsatisfying, particularly on maps such as Hanamura. We then decided to change the general rule that required a team to fully capture one more objective than your opponent to win. You now only need to gain more progress than your opponent.While this new rule makes ties exceedingly rare, there are now some gameplay situations that ended up feeling more awkward with the n…

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Apr 19, 2017
Uprising 2017 Player Icon?

This is a bug. The "Uprising 2017" Player Icon is supposed to be given out for free as part of the event. We are working on a fix, and we intend to reward this Player Icon retroactively to players who have logged in during the event.

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Scott Mercer
Principal Designer
Published:  Apr 13, 2017
Please fix Linear Ramp!

Hey guys,We hear you loud and clear. We're going to add two options in an upcoming patch. First, we'll add a slider for aim smoothing. It will default to the current smoothing/acceleration in the game today (full smoothing, low acceleration). As you drag it towards zero, you'll get less smoothing (higher acceleration). At zero, smoothing is disabled (instant acceleration).We're also adding a new aim technique to compliment Dual Zone and Exponential Ramp. The new technique is called Linear Ramp. If you use this technique along with disabled aim smoothing, you will rotate commensurate to …

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Tim Ford
Lead Engineer
Published:  Apr 11, 2017