competitiveoverwatch

A deaf OWL fan worked with her interpreter to make custom ASL signs for a number of Overwatch heroes

Ana doesn't need a sign, because shes never played FeelsBadMan

That's super cool! I bet Zarya would be a muscle pose, Rein would be like bringing down a hammer, and maybe Ana could be a finger in front of the lips for "shh"!

Ana’s sign would be throwing

Super cool. Takes me bake to when I had a deaf classmate in the 5th grade and the whole class wanted to learn American Sign Language to sign with him and make him feel like he belonged.

Good News! Agilities Explains That Blizzard is in Talks Right Now to Have the New Hanzo in Stage 4!

Good News! Agilities Explains That Blizzard is in Talks Right Now to Have the New Hanzo in Stage 4!

This patch has been live for more than long enough that it should be the patch for Stage 4.

At least they're listening. I guess.

Maybe I'm saying this too early, but The OWL team has been much better at listening to feedback than Team4 has. I trust they'll do it.

It is for the best really.

Ark said he couldnt experiment in the new meta because it wasn't the same one that they were gonna play.

Hopefully coaches tried to talk to blizzard.

Kyky officially joins Houston Outlaws

Kyky officially joins Houston Outlaws

Effect: "Execute order 69"

Kyky: "Yes, master"

Kills coolmatt

Double Agent KyKy reporting for duty.

Houston Outlaws just announced the Jake and Linkzr are moving to offtank and MT and the Outlaws have acquired U4 and Bishop as flex DPS.

best kept secret in OWL

The Overwatch League Grand Finals will be held at the barclays center in Brooklyn, New York!

The Overwatch League Grand Finals will be held at the barclays center in Brooklyn, New York!

Sweet. Home field advantage.

East Coast is very good, can actually watch now

Being from Brooklyn and having been dabbling in the idea to fly out to Cali for a weekend to catch some OWL matches (and eventually not doing it because $$$), this is the most hype announcement all season

Blizzard already knowing that NYXL will be in the grand finals

Is there any way to amplify our message that running Stage 4 on the May 1st patch will be miserable?

Is there any way to amplify our message that running Stage 4 on the May 1st patch will be miserable?

And in doing so get Blizzard to change it?

Because as it stands right now, the entirety of stage 4 will be played on a patch that was live for just two days.

I don't see how this benefits any of the parties involved at all. It's obviously going to be a huge disconnect for the viewers when they see a Hanzo scatter arrow 4 weeks after it's been changed for an entirely new ability that they were excited to see in tournament but will have to wait a whole 'nother month to see.

I can't imagine the players (see Hydration, Agilities) who are currently grinding Hanzo on ladder right now are too keen on going back to an obsolete patch after about a week of experience already.

So who does this help? I can only see it certainly hurting fan engagement and can at least speak for myself when I say Overwatch lagging this far behind the actual game is only going to make me lose interest faster. Especially when the current version went live before Stage 3 even ended.

So is there any way those who agree with me can reach out to OWL? If not asking for change for at least an answer?

I'm guessing it's up to Bliz and the teams to decide what patch they play on, so not much we can do.

I don't understand why they wouldn't play on the already existing patch either, but maybe for some reason teams just asked for it? Or there could be technical problems? Whatever it is it must be confusing for the players to play comp between games considering how much has changed.

Patch 3 May Rundown

EDIT: FUCK THE HANZO PROJECTILE ISN'T A NERF I GOOFED

Hi, everyone! It's me again. You know the drill. Patch notes blah blah blah. Hope y'all aren't sick of me yet. Enjoy!

Longer video version here.

Official full patch notes here.

NEW MAP Rialto: New escort (payload) map HERO UPDATES Brigitte

Shield Bash: Cone angle reduced from 90 to 60

Cone angle after (60)

Developer Comments: When fighting against Brigitte, it often felt like Shield Bash was able to hit players who felt like they were out of its range and should have dodged it. On the flip side, when playing as Brigitte sometimes players would hit the wrong enemy in the middle of a fight. With the cone being reduced, the ability is more accurate to its visual representation.

Genji

Deflect: Hitbox size has been reduced

Before and after comparison

Developer Comments: The hitbox on Genji’s Deflect was big enough that it would sometimes reflect projectiles that were pretty far away from him. We’ve tightened up the hitbox, which should solve this problem while still fully protecting him from projectiles that would hit him from the front..

Hanzo Storm Bow: Projectile speed increased from 85 to 100

Comments: It's easy to miss what's going on in the gif with the increased projectile speed but, basically, the arrow travels further before falling, so it's like it has a reduced flight path arc.

Sonic Arrow Cooldown decreased from 20 seconds to 12 seconds Duration decreased from 10 seconds to 6 seconds Radius decreased from 10 meters to 7 meters

Before and after comparison

Lunge (New Ability): Press jump while in the air to leap horizontally

Storm Arrrows (New Ability)

Replaces his existing Scatter Arrow ability Hanzo can now rapidly fire up to 6 arrows that deal reduced damage but are always fired at full power Each arrow deals 80 damage Makes Tracers cry

Developer Comments: The goal of these Hanzo changes is to allow him to have new options and maintain his high damage output, while removing the frustration of fighting against the old Scatter Arrow. Hanzo is now much more mobile with his new Lunge ability, and with the combination of the bow projectile speed increase and the new Storm Arrows ability he can now deal his high damage more consistently than ever before.

Junkrat

Frag Launcher: Projectile size decreased from 0.3 to 0.2

RIP-Tire: Tire movement speed decreased from 13 to 12

Developer Comments: These changes are aimed at lowering some of the most frustrating parts about playing against Junkrat. Decreasing the Frag Launcher’s projectile size means he will have to aim a bit more carefully to land powerful direct hits and slowing the RIP-Tire’s movement speed gives his opponents slightly more time to destroy it before it detonates.

Lucio Wall Ride Wall riding is less likely to be interrupted along a single surface Can now go around corners (both outside corners, and inside corners) without having to leave the wall. Example 1, Example 2 Can now land back on the same wall after leaping away, provided his leap takes him far enough away from the original jumping off point Soundwave: No longer costs ammo

Developer Comments: Wall Ride has been significantly overhauled to allow it to function more smoothly across more areas of every map. Lúcio players should instantly notice a huge improvement in where and how Wall Ride can be used. In addition, Sonic Amplifier’s Soundwave ability was unnecessarily controlled by both a cooldown and an ammo cost, so we’re removing the ammo cost.

Tracer Pulse Bomb: Max damage decreased from 400 to 300

Developer Comments: Pulse Bomb was too good at killing tanks, who can be easy to stick due to their size. This damage reduction makes it less powerful as a tank-destroyer, while keeping it lethal against most other heroes.

Time to let my SSD shine into instalocking newhanzo

If they nerf the speed too much, it will be too easy to kill and have almost zero value.

If JR is still too strong, they should either nerf the ult charge, the blast radius, or the duration before it expires. The tire is slow enough right now.

sees tracer and Genji nerfed

This should be a patch that is well-received with well-reasoned responses.

Akm embracing the meme

Akm embracing the meme

Props for him to bite the bullet himself when OWL obviously filtered out any prickly questions.

That's pretty awesome!

Embracing a meme is the only way to ensure no tilt occurring

Literally turned twitch chat around with that, so many hearts for him after the stream ended

RESPECC

Taimou on snapchat: "Urgent care said I might have a stroke. To ER we go 😢"

Taimou on snapchat: "Urgent care said I might have a stroke. To ER we go 😢"UPDATE: "I think we're fine lol just getting a scan to make sure" 

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Taimou on snapchat: "Urgent care said I might have a stroke. To ER we go 😢"

UPDATE: ""

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Oh shit.

Earlier today

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988170928025620480


I was supposed to stream very early but a very bad panic attack kept me awake until 6am and I just woke up.

Stream in 30mins or so!


https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988173843356311552


I don't know what it is but my panic attacks don't really make me hyperventilate. I just get super cold feet and my left side of body goes numb and feels like its swelling just like I would get a stroke.


https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988174081861173248


Yesterday was so bad though, worst I've had in many many years. Had to call @TazMo to keep me company for a few hours in the middle of the night. Thanks for that buddy! ❤️


https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988241679466446849

At the ER:

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988241679466446849


I'm getting a CAT scan to make sure that my head's fine. I'll be fine


https://i.imgur.com/qAZ5N0t.jpg
Earlier today

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988170928025620480

I was supposed to stream very early but a very bad panic attack kept me awake until 6am and I just woke up.

Stream in 30mins or so!

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988173843356311552

I don't know what it is but my panic attacks don't really make me hyperventilate. I just get super cold feet and my left side of body goes numb and feels like its swelling just like I would get a stroke.

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988174081861173248

Yesterday was so bad though, worst I've had in many many years. Had to call @TazMo to keep me company for a few hours in the middle of the night. Thanks for that buddy! ❤️

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988241679466446849

At the ER:

https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988241679466446849

I'm getting a CAT scan to make sure that my head's fine. I'll be fine

He first thought it was a panic attack https://twitter.com/DF_Taimou/status/988170928025620480

monkaMEGA

Internethulk’s jersey framed at Esports Bar near OWL Arena

Internethulk’s jersey framed at Esports Bar near OWL Arena

RIP Internethulk

Truly, heroes never die

My boy is immortal

They have a picture of him on Team Germany at the arena. It was a tearjerker.

AKM Blades now an established unit of time ft. Achilios

AKM Blades now an established unit of time ft. Achilios

I think I've beat this dead horse long enough. That'll be the last time I mention the meme on broadcast.

I like AKM and I respect his dedication and drive lot. Nothing but good vibes from me from now on :)

...until the next meme hits

Measuring time is probably the only thing his blades are good for tbh

Measure twice, ult once.

Someone in chat wrote "Haksal got 3 emps in one Akm blade"

Try one of these subthreads