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Overwatch getting competitive open queue changes, support hero balancing

Published: 13:49, 12 May 2020
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Overwatch's Jeff Kaplan has posted another developer update where he talks about the upcoming changes to competitive open queue, support hero balancing, Experimental Card and more.

Kaplan gave some interesting stats in the update, pointing out the regional differences in playing Overwatch. For instance, the competitive open queue has been the most popular mode in Korea, whereas in the US it's the other way aroundn.

Blizzard are planning to take down the competitive open queue for a little while sometime mid-June when it will be replaced with another mode.  

Come July, however, the competitive open queue will become the official competitive mode of the game. There will likely be some tuning and balancing around the 2-2-2 composition but it won't be an arcade mode anymore.

Interestingly, queue times are actually better when the open queue exists, so there's no risk of affecting other players.

Kaplan added that the Experimental Card is coming back real soon, adding, "fun balance changes coming with this one". One of them is meant to make Bastion more viable

Ana is getting her healing nerfed a bit, whereas Mercy will be getting her healing throughput increased. Zenyatta's Discord Orb has been reverted from 25 back to 30 per cent. 

Junkrat and Moira are also getting a few tweaks but Kaplan didn't say exactly which ones, i.e. whether it's buffs or nerfs.

Hero Pools will no longer apply to players under 3,500 SR. Once the Overwatch League has kicked off, Blizzard will rely on their data to determine Hero Pools throughout the season. 

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Kaplan said that Blizzard's plan for this year was to experiment and iterate on Overwatch, but the competitive part has taken a big hit with Sinatraa's departure into greener Valorant pastures.

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