Blizzard wants to make Overwatch 2 beta support heroes more attractive

The support role is not ‘attractive’ enough

It’s easy to want more – much more – than Note and watch 2 Beta, especially at long last, is elusive. In today’s blog, Blizzard said it will be adding “more content including heroes, maps, and features” until the full PvP version.

The Monitor 2 The team reiterated that this PvP beta focuses on “[the new 5v5] Gameplay and balance as well as stability,” meaning other aspects—“such as menu screens, player profiles, multiple daytime conditions for classic maps, and the full suite of Hero Look 2.0”—are progressing behind the scenes but aren’t publicly tested yet.

The blog operates through a host of player feedback, mostly related to the long wait times for supporting players, the lack of a ranked mode in beta, and a scoreboard that takes a more accurate look at single players. offers. At this last point, the player’s medals are out, but the “Fire” mechanic can still carry on with the mods.

A solution to long waiting times

If you’re impatient with long lead waiting times, Blizzard says it’s ready”Classic quick playWith a queue open Monitor 2, and would be an “easy choice for the remainder of the first beta test”. And if you are not in beta, future updates may help you.

For some players, the 5v5 format is a much needed change, and it’s nice to see characters like Orisa become more capable. Some “updated” kits are clean; You should have seen the look on my face when I blasted a new Bastion cannonball in the Ultimate.

On the other hand, as a support player, the Monitor 2 Beta did not happen splash Absolutely. I’m not going to uninstall it or anything (not yet), but I already feel like I’ve filled in existing content after a practice session from the dropdown and a few live matches.

On this front, Blizzard recognizes “the need to make supportive play more attractive to players” — although it also feels, in general, that “most champions fall within an overall healthy range of play rate and win rate across different skill levels.”

For now, I’m happy to have Moira in my driver’s room.

It’s about more than just ‘balance’

There’s a lot to take in, so feel free to read up on the key takeaways (emphasis mine):

“More broadly, during our alpha testing, we noticed champions support feeling very vulnerable to dive attacks and alignment with fewer shields and no second tank focused on protecting them. We made a major adjustment to their passive role to head into the beta, allowing support heroes to By recovering more health faster and improving their survivability.

This change improved their overall strength and durability, and General support is working fine It’s in beta, but we know it Balance is only one aspect which makes the hero fun to play. We’ve clearly heard that support players feel that both tanks and damage players have more new content to enjoy and explore in this beta.

In the long run, we believe that the most effective way to address this problem is to Add new and exciting support heroes To the game, this is part of our plans. In the near term, our hero design team is also experimenting with ideas with large, but shorter lead time, including New and renewed abilities for some of the current support heroes. These types of ideas can be published later in our first beta test but are more likely to be in our next test.”

I hope these plans come to fruition, because they will help me come back again Monitor 2 Well, the beta version, anyway. I’m sure the final PvP ingredient would come together through brute force if nothing else, but it’s kind of hard to imagine it as a compelling, energizing, long-lasting experience based on the method Watch 1 Vanished for me and the way Monitor 2 Enter the world unofficially with the first PvP beta.

At this point, I don’t expect Note and watch 2 To magically capture lightning in a bottle again. I keep telling myself no! but it is hard. A lot can change in six years. much.

Jordan Defour

Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and a poster of seemingly random photos. They are anything but random.

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