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Is it just me, or do most of the new event items not feel like event items? The skins and sprays do, but everything else could have easily been added at the normal price without all that exclusivity BS. The victory poses in particular are just still frames of existing emotes

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This event is really underwhelming, honestly. A lot of hype over nothing.

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The "all heroes" variant of Uprising is really fun, but the main variant is a bit frustrating because you're forced to use a team that has little synergy.  The main problem is Tracer--she's not meant to hide behind a Rein shield and it's very easy for Mercy to lose track of her.  Playing with randoms on anything above normal is a crapshoot because it's really easy for inexperienced Tracers to throw the match by wandering off and dying.

I find it kinda funny that apparently the optimal strategy for all heroes is to run Rein, Torb, Mercy, and Bastion.  As you can imagine Bastion really fucks up the enemies and he's pretty much the core of a successful team on higher difficulties, but once he's swapped out for Tracer everything goes to shit.

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I was only gonna go for the Rein skin and maybe McCree's, but then that D.Va animation came up and I only have 1000 credits.

At least D.Va works well in Uprising. I can even find use in 폭탄을 떨어 뜨려 라 again.

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Played some of the event last night. Really appreciate the All Heroes option; would have really liked to have had something like that back during the Halloween event. It's fun to see what characters translate well to the mode and which ones don't. Edgelord has quite a good amount of damage and survivability (high drop rate of souls from the enemies), but felt kinda boring otherwise; without the goal of sneaking up on opponents to pick them off (main reason I find him fun in PvP) he's just kind of a slow dude with good shotguns, blah. Genji was harder to use, but every one of his abilities translates well to the event, and you have to use all of them in order to do well, making him a pretty engaging choice. Junkrat, if opinions from friends are to be believed, has a hard time in the mode --- a moveset focused on traps and prediction of where the enemy will go doesn't work as well when the enemy can spawn in the open and come in from anywhere --- meanwhile D.Va is pretty weak with her weapons but becomes silly-good once you get the self-destructs going. All quite fascinating.

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GM really isn't all that different from plat half the time.

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So while most of the Overwatch heroes have maps that represent them (with some maps not even having heroes representing them), I'm looking through and trying to see what heroes don't have any kind of map representation and what might be neat.

Currently we've got Hanamura for Genji/Hanzo, Temple of Anubis and Oasis are both sort of based on Pharah and Ana, Route 66 is McCree, Volskaya is Zarya (and maybe Sombra, but that's pushing it), Gibraltar is Winston, Dorado is probably more Sombra than anything, King's Row is Tracer, Numbani is Orisa, Eichenwalde is Reinhardt (and I guess Bastion too, he doesn't really have much other choice), Nepal is Zenyatta and Ecopoint is Mei. Hollywood, Ilios Lijang Tower don't really have representatives (you could argue Mei for Lijang but again that's pushing it).

Then that leaves the following:

  • Reaper/Widowmaker: Maybe a Talon base? You could arguably do something in France for Widowmaker, but we haven't seen anything Talon-related in-game, so some headquarters of some sorts could be fun.
  • Soldier: 76/Torbjorn/Mercy: Likewise, an Overwatch base would be a cool place to fight, like you start on street level and gradually work your way down into an underground bunker or something. Torbjorn and Mercy could maybe get places for their own country, but they're pretty deeply tied to Overwatch, so something Overwatch-focused could tie them all in.
  • Junkrat/Roadhog: You could argue Route 66 works for them, but we could have an Australian outback level for them which would be more fitting.
  • D.Va: Something in South Korea. A game tournament? Could be a little too on the nose. Maybe a mall? Something that would fit well with D.Va's aesthetic but also be distinctly Korean.
  • Lucio: His only influence was in Numbani, where his posters look to be gone. He could go for a Brazillian stage, but barring that, maybe a venue that leads to a concert stage? That could be silly.
  • Symmetra: Vishkar. She keeps name-dropping Vishkar, and we need some level focused around them.
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Hey, were there changes made to taking points in comp?

Because like, let me lay out a scenario that just happened:

We didn't take point 1 in King's Row, so going into Round 2 it was 0 to 0. We're defending it, and the girlfriend is off setting up a Sym tele. Normally, if someone is contesting a point, it'll say so and you'll hear beeping, yeah? But like, there was no contesting the point warning, it was just suddenly MATCH COMPLETE.

So what the fuck? We can't contest anymore in comp if we're down points? If the enemy team fucking sneezes on the point, they win? What? What's going on?

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It's gauged by the checkmarks. So for instance, if you didn't get a single tick and they manage to cap it up to at least one tick, they win.

It's to avoid stalemates.

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Wow, that's garbage. Thanks, though.

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Eh. In your situation I can see how it'd be frustrating, but overall I think it's a positive move to stop stalemates from happening as often.

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It goes off percentage right now, not ticks. So if the attacking team fails to cap very little it can lead to cheesy defenses where they can't leave the point ever or they lose.

It's being adjusted to where at least 1 tick (33%) needs to be captured in order for it not to tie, which is what it should have always been. https://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20754425436#post-1

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Sidebar, I tried Uprising today. It's pretty fun! Sombra's surprisingly good, since her hack completely shuts bots down, plus she neuters Bastions which are usually problematic. I feel like I could beat it on Legendary, I just need to be playing with a team that isn't utter cow dookie.

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Uprising is the most fun event so far. I really like it a lot as well, they did a good job making the all heroes version actually fun and not just thrown in as an afterthought.

I beat it on legendary with symm, she's okay in it. At higher difficulties the bots will break your turrets pretty fast, but the ball spam is real, and she absolutely melts the bombs because the charge shots penetrate it's armor and can hit all four crit points at once (1000 damage per shot!) Still though on legendary stacking shields and/or a bastion feels like practically a requirement, otherwise it can be easy to get overwhelmed when the bastion and bombs start showing up together.

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I've had a lot of fun with uprising as well. I've tried both game types and they're both pretty neat, my only gripe is that playing mercy is incredibly boring but perhaps I should just try a harder difficulty.

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I've played the new mode a few times now, and it's pretty fun. I can see them bringing it back at some point in the future after the event is over. There's probably room to expand on the mode - different maps, different objectives, and so forth. 

One thing that I've thought about is what the worst possible team composition for this mode would be. At first, I thought Sombra would be a poor choice, but she seems to do alright. 

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Tracer, McCree, Hanzo and Roadhog.

Have fun getting dead.

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I agree with most of those, but Roadhog might be pretty decent with his self heal, even if he's not as useful as Reinhardt.

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Yeah, but Roadhog's built for taking down individual dangerous flankers, which doesn't do much against a horde of weak but numerous enemies.

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I actually discussed this a bit with Jazz a little while ago, and we wondered if his hook might be useful for pulling the Bastions and detonators away from the payload.

I mean, he's clearly not the ideal tank for Uprising, but I'd rather use him than say, Winston. 

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