The age of casually flitting amongst roles mid-match in Overwatch is more than, as Blizzard just dropped a game-altering patch on their competitive group shooter’s public test servers. Applying to Swift and Competitive match modes (as properly as the esports league, which is a shakeup), players will now have to commit to a part – Tank, DPS or Assistance – just before their match and queue for that part only. As soon as matched up in a balanced two-two-two group, you will be in a position to swap characters, but only inside your set part. It is a big restriction, which lead designer Jeff Kaplan tries to clarify beneath.
The official Overwatch weblog goes into extra facts on the Function Queue, but the quick version is this: Each player below the program now has matchmaking rankings for each and every attainable part. You will be shown your ratings in the new part choice screen, along with an estimate of how extended you will be waiting for a match on a per-class basis. It is all rather reminiscent of dungeon queues in MMORPGs, which tends to make sense offered that this is a Blizzard joint.
This is almost certainly the most significant adjust to competitive Overwatch because launch, and ought to completely torpedo the ‘three tanks, 3 supports’ method, aka GOATS, that has turn out to be common. Along with the Function Queue program, they’ve re-tuned Brigitte to improved match into the new, extra rigid part program. She now has significantly less survivability, but extra capability to heal, generating her match extra neatly into the square peg-hole that is the Assistance part, in particular now there’s only two per group at most. Nevertheless, at least queuing for whichever part is least common can earn you some loot boxes.
The Function Queue is reside now on the public test area on Computer, and will be generating a soft ‘beta’ launch on August 13th and launch in complete on September 1st. Even extra daring, these modifications will apply to the Overwatch League as of subsequent week. Stage four matches begin on Thursday, July 25th, and will be following the new guidelines. Will these modifications trip up the phoenix-like comeback from the Shanghai Dragons? Preserve an eye on Jay’s Know It OWL column to maintain up with their tale.