I’m sure there’s mixed reviews about the recent 2-2-2 deployment, and while this is not another thread complaining about the fact 2-2-2 has been deployed, I actually applaud it. This thread is unfortunately just another one to add to the giant list of people who are unhappy with certain states of this game and are quitting or demanding action from you Blizzard.
2-2-2 was a smart move, I wholeheartedly agree with it and think I understand why it was necessary considering the impact eSports and Pro players has had on the state of the meta has been far less than satisfying, but then again that’s no surprise. Everyone wants to be good at the game right?
Being a veteran player since Beta and on from Release, it is unfortunate that I am quitting all competitive efforts in Overwatch for the following reasons.
- When it comes to hero design, I honestly believe the first steps of the process would involve the development team all huddling around in a nice circle in the studio and asked to pick few words out of a hat. A little similar to how they pitch Game Jams, it’s like like: “Giant Fist / Huge Knock Ups / Global Ultimate”. (Yes, I am referring to Doomfist there)
Doomfist is not a popular hero as far as balance and gameplay are concerned, while I do like the story evolving around him, his mechanics and his design I find are just the most ridiculously imbalanced and annoying thing to play against. He is first on the list of my most hated heroes, with Sigma being second in that line. But I digress, Doomfist is NOT why I am quitting competitive efforts in Overwatch, neither is Sigma. These were just hail mary’s trying to get the developer team to realise that the current state of balance is disgusting and the hitscan or projectile DPS might as well be irrelevant in the game when they go against the likes of double shield comps.
Honestly Blizzard, I believed you had it when you were designing Ana, Ashe, Sombra, Orisa and Baptiste. They all brought something truly unique to the game that it didn’t already have. But Doomfist and Sigma? They don’t bring anything but irritation to this game if you ask me. Orisa was ok when it was just Orisa, but now we’re faced with a forced 2-2-2 and all I ever see is Orisa/Sigma. Orisa had her annoyances, she was -the- tank that always had a shield when you needed it.
She was not unbeatable by herself, but now you’ve introduced TWO tanks that possess an irritating amount of shields which is honestly just not that fun to compete against anymore. Double shields, this pretty much forces Doomfist and Symmetra into play and makes any hit-scan or projectile DPS useless unless you’re some top 500 with a team that knows how to peel for you.
I thought I’d give you time but I’m not even seeing any sign of a proper balance patch to address the meta or heroes for 2-2-2 right now. So far all I see is:
Nerfed Brigitte to the point of no return.
Tickled Sigma’s damage when if you ask me, you should be looking at a limit to how often he can reposition his shield, because you just cannot touch him at range or up close with his ridiculous damage.
Touched Zarya’s damage and beam when if anything I feel like she and Reinhardt seriously need to come back in a big way.
Not done a SINGLE thing to Orisa in light of Sigma now becoming rather mainstream in the meta. Don’t you just love metas?
No response on the terrible state of double shields and how it is forcing DPS players to basically main Doomfist/Symmetra/Mei or go enjoy Arcade.
Moving forward, I wanted to share a sample of a competitive game I had yesterday:
Hollywood attackers. The enemy Defenders had:
Orisa, Sigma, Symmetra, Bastion, Baptiste and Mercy.
To make it worse, they were all holding on the top of the café just above the first point in the courtyard.
Widowmaker (my main) was useless with double shields, one holding each side. And if you’re familiar with the part of the map I am referring to, then you’ll know that flanking is just impossible here. The same terms would apply to Hanzo/Ashe/McCree (my go-to’s when Widow isn’t working), completely useless so bye-bye DPS.
The other guy on my team playing Doomfist couldn’t even get within 5 meters of the defending team unless he had an ultimate, and even then he was unable kill anybody because Baptiste just throws that E and nothing happens and then you have Mercy to revive just in case someone falls. Mei to make all flanking irrelevant and Symmetra just being the pain in the *** she usually is.
The enemy team composition combined with their positioning on the map pretty much made them unbeatable without a super coordinated team at your side. Good luck finding that outside of premade groups in solo queue.
Your balance is absolutely off the hook Blizzard, arguably I prefered Classic Quick Play than this, because at least you could sum up a composition that actually HAS more than a 1-5% probability of beating that nasty bunker defense back. The entire game was non-stop complaints about the balance and I am far from the only one.
WoW Classic? You’d better add Overwatch Classic onto that list I think >.> after Sigma, this game just went totally down hill. I dread to think of what the next hero could possibly do to harm the game’s balance even more. Stop rushing content and focus on stabilizing what you have already got on your plate.
Why not stop, think a bit longer, and really evaluate what each of your new heroes will offer to the game before just setting them loose. I believe Sigma was truly a mistake and another hero should have taken his place. Overwatch’s heroes are blessed by bringing something NEW to the game that wasn’t already there. While yes, Sigma really does have potential and brings a lot of new to the game, the shield spam is ridiculous and needs to be addressed because right now he might as well just be considered a second Orisa elevated kill potential.
You know the most important thing a developer should always be doing, and believe it or not it’s the reason most of AAA is a capitalist infested toilet bowl right now. The answer is listen to your community.
Top hero requests dating back since 2017!
- Where is Junker Queen?
- Rumors suggesting Gerrard Lacroix could be alive? Still hyped for that one personally.
- Where is Echo?
- Where is the mysterious guy at the end of Storm Rising’s event cinematic, the omnic that was communing with Doomfist?
So the bottom line here is that I am quitting Competitive because the balance is in the worst state imaginable and unless it is addressed properly, I will not take this game as seriously or passionately as I used to.
I hope you start improving standards soon Blizzard.