Overwatch’s New Map Landed; Roadhog Gets A Nerf

For those of you that weren’t aware, a rather large update has come to the world of Overwatch. That’s right, the holidays are over and so was the fun event that Blizzard organized for it, so why should players log in now? Yes, the new control map, Oasis, was dropped and it is on all platforms. Check out the official video walkthrough of the level below.

A lot has been added to the new map, most notably, the jump pads. This will give you a giant boost jump to manage your way through the board but it also can boost certain Ults and abilities. Imagine how deadly McCree’s High Noon will be 50 feet in the air. The funnier part, but most annoying, will definitely be the Smash Brothersesque moving traffic that can kill you if you’re hit by it.

This is not the only news to come from the world of Blizzard. It was announced today that the big, lovable, fat, tank known to us as Roadhog will be getting a pretty big nerf. The changes will mainly focus on Roadhog’s hook and how it affects other players. The plan is to make it so hooked enemies will arrive in the position directly in front of Roadhog, not just anywhere in a straight line towards him.

Principal designer Geoff Goodman stated, “There is a cap on how far ‘to the side’ you can be pulled, so you can’t just hook someone, spin 180, and dump someone off a cliff.” The other thing that makes this nerf a little bit harder on Roadhog players is the addition of line-of-sight accuracy at all times. This is checked from Roadhog’s position, not the hook’s, which means he’s only able to hook enemies he can actually see. If that seems a little confusing, Goodman goes on to explain. “There is a new persistent line-of-sight check back to Roadhog once the hook has landed. If this check fails, the hook breaks off and returns to Roadhog,” added Goodman, revealing that if an enemy moves out of Roadhog’s line-of-sight quickly after getting hooked, the hook will break.

These Roadhog changes will be most likely rolling out soon to the PTR, this week, according to Goodman. What do you think about Roadhouse new updates? Do you like the new map? Tweet us at StreamMe.


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