AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago

This conversation dovetailing in this direction is my fault folks.

I shouldn’t have engaged with the comment, regardless of my intent. I get where MissEdgy’s comment comes from, and I do want to assure you that I am not in any way responsible for decision making around design and balance.

My role is to facilitate communication between the developers and the community, something I’ve been passionate about for years. We’re required to have empathy for both the player experience and the developer experience, and walking in both worlds can be a bit tricky, as shown in this post.

Let’s get back to hearing about your weekend plans, and I sincerely hope that everyone has a great night.

AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago
MissEdgy:

How is a bronze supposed to relay any feedback to the devs? Sorry but I think you probably dont understand half the things people even talk about here.

I wouldn’t conflate understanding with ability. There are plenty of people out there who have a deep understanding of their game of choice, but are not competitive participants themselves.

AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago
Kazooie:

Good luck I tried humankind, my brain was not big enough to understand it

My problem with games like it and Anno is that I suddenly look at the clock and it’s 6am on a Tuesday.

AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago
Zunlite:

Support players will remember that.

Support is a role I’m a lot more comfortable on. Peaked high silver previously, but haven’t really focused on the role unless I’m flexing to generate priority tickets. It’s also a role I’ve usually played in other similar games, so I tend to understand where your feedback comes from as it relates to the role.

AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago
Pearl:

Ooh!! Whats ur rank? just out of curiosity

Peaked at high silver around season 1, currently climbing back from Bronze.

The last 6 months has been a lot of me focusing on learning the Damage role better, and playing a lot of heroes I’m uncomfortable with, like Doom and Genji, as opposed to ones I’m more comfortable with, like Soldier, Cowboy, Ashe, etc…

I won’t even touch Widow yet. I don’t think I’m ready mechanically.

(been playing since the friends and family beta, so this has been a long journey)

AndyB-11735 commented on Happy Friday to the OW forums 1 day ago

Happy Friday to everyone!

This weekend I plan on agonizing over whether or not I should buy Humankind (spoiler alert, I will), working towards my goal of +50 SR/night on Damage and Tank, and smoking a pork shoulder for some delicious pulled pork sandwiches with the family.

Whatever you’re doing, be safe, be well, and I hope it brings you happiness .

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AndyB-11735 commented on So bastion rework…predictions? 2 days ago
GrossGamer:

His new ultimate is that Ganymede gets a tiny hat to match Bastion’s new hat.

calls in attack helicopters

they know too much

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AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Miraak:

During the PvP stream back in May I had the feeling that Zen and Mercy were played very often, due to damage boost and discord orb. Is there a chance that these abilities are getting slightly nerfed? It was crazy to see how a Winston or Reinhardt got melted from a Reaper + discord orb on him.

On paper, Discord is theoretically weaker with 1 fewer person per team benefiting from the debuff. Thus far in our playtests, Mercy’s Damage Boost hasn’t shown any major issues. That said, there’s still a chance we end up tuning both Discord and Damage Boost down, if we see they’re causing issues in further testing.

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Bakkusōdo:

I’m pretty sure you guys said this in the live stream back in May, but is it true that flashbang is being removed? Just wanted to confirm

It is something we’re considering

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Toast:

Have you heard if there is any consideration being put into dps heroes who, at least on paper, may heavily underperform in the new 5v5 format? For example with significantly less shielding and faster gameplay how will slower projectile heroes such as Junkrat, Sym etc compete with mid-long ranged hitscans?

I’m not prepared to talk about DPS today.

Apologies!

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Moira:

Curious, will you be looking at damage as well? since the addition of Baptiste and Sigma the damage output has been much higher

I said this in the thread last week, but it bears repeating here: none of our hero design and balance changes for OW2 are being made in a vacuum. A change as fundamental as going from 6v6 to 5v5 has far reaching implications and requires us to examine every part of hero balance and design.

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Moira:

Sorry, It’s just there are rumours that she’s being reworked so I’ve been really scared about it.

Rumors thrive and take root in the absence of information. My goal in being here is to cut down on the rumor mill and to provide you all with as much insight as I can as to what’s happening.

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Moira:

Hello does this include Moira too? I’m a bit concerned that you just mention Bap and Ana here after they mentioned both Grenade and Orb

Don’t read too much into the examples I gave. They’re just “for example…”

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Honya:

Her name is Brigitte

Doh! (I always make this mistake…)

Fixed thank you.

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Wanderer:

Can you give us at least a high level idea on what lines are you exploring for Brig re-balance?

Not today, sorry!

3ch

AndyB-11735 commented on What will supports look like in Overwatch 2? 5 days ago
Hige:

Run

In my head that played as that tiktok sound.

You know which one I mean.

In all seriousness, it’s understandable if folks have strong feelings about this direction. I’ll be sure to account for all of the sentiment we hear.

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