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Overwatch 2 faces multiple DDoS attacks following launch

The team at Blizzard has been feverishly working to secure server stability on Overwatch 2 following at least two DDoS attacks.

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We’re past October 4 and Overwatch 2 is finally available to the masses. At least, it should be, but reported DDoS attacks have rocked the game’s servers and made it very hard for players to log in to actually play. Blizzard is working against the supposed attacks, but the effort continues as Overwatch 2’s launch week gets off to a rocky start.

It was on October 4 when Overwatch 2 launched that players and devs saw issues with queues in matchmaking. Some players were reporting being in queue-up lines of thousands of other players to get into a match. After some vented frustration from the player base on social media, Blizzard devs finally shared that a DDoS was currently being circumvented. Even worse, as the team seemed to make headway on said attack, a second DDoS attack was launched. Game director Aaron Kelly claims the team has been working through the night to attempt to defuse the situation and get players into their games, including bolstering server stability. While no further progress has been shared at this time, Kelly states that updates will be shared as they become available.

Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Kelly's tweet addressing DDoS attacks on the game.
Overwatch 2 game director Aaron Kelly claims the team has been working through the night to fix two DDoS attacks on the game and updates will be shared as they become avialable.
Source: Activision Blizzard

For those who don’t know, DDoS stands for “distributed denial of service”. It’s an unfortunately common term in gaming for when hackers and saboteurs launch a multitude of bot accounts to jam up a game’s servers and make logging in and accessing its features nearly impossible. It’s not the first time a Blizzard game has been hit with a DDoS attack, with PlayStation Network and other services also serving as prominent targets.

It's also a rough start for Overwatch 2. The game is good enough, but it has been highly anticipated among fans and the inability to sign in and play after waiting so long is no-doubt highly frustrating. Nonetheless, Blizzard continues to work through the situation. Be sure to check our server status guide on the game as we await further updates.

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    October 5, 2022 8:28 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Overwatch 2 faces multiple DDoS attacks following launch

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      October 5, 2022 8:36 AM

      "Let's just shit on our community and start all over, shall we?

      *shocked Pikachu*

      Someone is angry!"

      Did they not see this coming after what happened with Titanfall 2? People are insane and have resources they can just trigger and walk away from.

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        October 5, 2022 8:50 AM

        Over a video game? Wow.

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          October 5, 2022 8:51 AM

          People are insane. I’m not agreeing with it, I’m just saying there’s a tendency for crazy people to overreact.

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          October 5, 2022 3:19 PM

          They targeted gamers. GAMERS!

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        October 5, 2022 9:15 AM

        How did they shit on their community? I've been consistently playing OW1 for the past 6 years and I'm really happy for OW2.

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          October 5, 2022 9:41 AM

          And isn’t free for OW1 owners?

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            October 5, 2022 9:41 AM

            Isn't it free for everyone?

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              October 5, 2022 9:42 AM

              It's free for OW1 owners and everyone else!

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            October 5, 2022 9:43 AM

            The most common complaint which I can sympathize with is requiring certain cell phone service.

            • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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              October 5, 2022 9:56 AM

              Not just cell service, but contract plans. There are many OW1 players on Cricket with real phones on a monthly fee, but they can't play anymore. I really hope Blizzard does something about it, but it's not looking good.

              The best/worst part about it is that Talkatone works for very cheap, despite being VOIP. The good part is there's a workaround. The bad part is that this fundamentally undermines their reason for doing it. If banned players have even one loophole, they'll all use it, and the requirement does nothing but exclude people.

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                October 5, 2022 10:38 AM

                Wait what is this about cell phone planes? I don’t play but have cricket. How dies that have anything to do with the game?

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                  October 5, 2022 10:48 AM

                  https://overwatch.blizzard.com/en-us/news/23857517/

                  SMS Protect
                  SMS Protect brings meaningful change when it comes to disruptive play. This additional layer of security is an industry-proven solution in combating both cheating and disruptive behavior, further protecting your Overwatch 2 experience from bad actors.

                  The security of your account is important, and SMS Protect helps verify ownership of your account in the unforeseen event of an account compromise. Similarly, if a disruptive player has been suspended or banned, SMS Protect makes it more difficult for them to return to the game.

                  Starting October 4, 2022, all players across all platforms, including consoles, are required to have a phone number attached to their battle.net account to launch Overwatch 2. The same phone number cannot be used on multiple accounts at the same time, and players can’t use the same phone number to create multiple accounts. A phone number can only be used once when making a new account, and certain types of numbers, including pre-paid and VOIP, cannot be used for SMS Protect.

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                    October 5, 2022 10:50 AM

                    That’s insane and they should get backlash. Prepaid is just an all around better value.

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                      October 5, 2022 11:00 AM

                      Understood, but they need to protect their game from hackers and toxic players. Like the article says it's an industry proven solution.

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                        October 5, 2022 11:07 AM

                        I'm not aware of any other major game that uses whatever crazy service they are using. Fortnight doesn't. DOTA doesn't. You can use prepaid plans on those. This is unique to Blizzard.

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                          October 5, 2022 11:08 AM

                          Got cut off. Also SMS is terrible for security. It should always be a physical device or auth application.

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                          October 5, 2022 11:09 AM

                          More games should use services like these. Anything with PVP

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                          October 5, 2022 11:11 AM

                          Destiny does. I think COD Warzone does.

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                            October 5, 2022 11:16 AM

                            I've played Destiny and it worked fine on pre paid plans. I think calling it SMS protect is a misnomer if it's using an Authenticator though. In this case Blizzard must be using a shitty third party service.

                            • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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                              October 5, 2022 11:39 AM

                              Yeah they're almost certainly using a third party service that flags numbers as being prepaid. I hope it's unintentional that it's way overtuned right now.

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            October 5, 2022 9:49 AM

            At the cost of killing ow1

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              October 5, 2022 9:51 AM

              Or should I say nothing says we trust our second game as awesome as much as killing the first

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                October 5, 2022 9:54 AM

                This is just the nature of lvie service games. No one (or not many) are begging for Dota 2 patch 6.8 or Apex 1.0. These games are meant to evolve and progress and be interesting to their devoted player bases.

                And in any case, it's almost guaranteed it'll come back as a custom at some point, but who'll even play it!

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                October 5, 2022 12:50 PM

                its an update, chill. they cant keep both around.

            • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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              October 5, 2022 10:11 AM

              Overwatch should have been a live service game from the very beginning. If it was, these changes would all have been patched in over time. I think it's best not to split the playerbase.

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                October 5, 2022 10:39 AM

                The player base would move if the product was better. I'm saying they don't believe that themselves. The main reason for the "2" was supposed to be pve and that isn't done.

                • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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                  October 5, 2022 11:41 AM

                  I agree the branding is a mess. They're calling it a "PvP early access". Even when they first announced the original plan, a lot of people didn't think it was a real sequel, and as of now it definitely isn't. They should have called it Overwatch 2.0. I don't really care that much though.

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                  October 5, 2022 12:51 PM

                  thats a ludicrous take

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                    October 5, 2022 3:00 PM

                    Is it though? How many other 2 games completely overwrit the first game?

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                October 5, 2022 2:20 PM

                But live service games get sequels. Division 2? And it seems Destiny 2 is going to get Destiny 3.

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          October 5, 2022 9:45 AM

          There has been a ton of complaints on how it is monetized and the battle pass system needed to unlock new heroes.

          • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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            October 5, 2022 9:49 AM

            The monetization is far less generous than OW1's was, but as far as battle passes go, it's standard. I think this was always going to happen eventually. Veteran players never needed to spend money OW1 because they were swimming in credits.

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            October 5, 2022 12:52 PM

            conplaints that are largely, largely, naieve and shortsighted and entitled

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        October 5, 2022 9:54 AM

        HOw did they shit out the community?

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          October 5, 2022 10:04 AM

          I seem to recall gigantic grinds and tons of micro transactions, both things people hate

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            October 5, 2022 10:06 AM

            The game just got released. I don't even see anything to really grind for.... and I dont' see any microtransactions.
            and isn't the game free?

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                October 5, 2022 10:40 AM

                I don't understand the outrage. It's a free game. Games are meant to played to have fun. Cosmetics are optional and do not impact gameplay. There's a path to get these for free, or (Maybe?) purchase them outright. It has no direct impact on gameplay though regardless.

                It just seems like gamers want things for free IMO.

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                  October 5, 2022 10:57 AM

                  The outrage is design choices that make you feel bad about playing and incentivize money transactions

                  Stating it’s free and therefore all other complaints are invalid is Boomer logic

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                    October 5, 2022 11:01 AM

                    What are the design choices that make you feel bad about playing? I must have missed those.

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                    October 5, 2022 11:02 AM

                    Boomer logic? It's a free game my dude. These are cosmetics. It's not holding anyone back. Also there is a difference between balancing and setting the accrual of free resources to get optional comsetics and "shit on the community". They have provided a free, content filled game that requires no investment of money.

                    That doesn't mean everything is perfect or feedback can't be provided, but the idea that they are shitting on the community is a fucking joke and pure entitlement.

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                      October 5, 2022 11:31 AM

                      you're right, it must be everyone is wrong and free game = free pass for all design choices

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                        October 5, 2022 11:45 AM

                        So you didn't read what I said. got it.

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                          October 5, 2022 12:26 PM

                          Oh i read it, its just so cynical it borders on being bad faith. I don't believe you actually believe what you're writing. The entire point og gaming is fun. The entire point of cosmetics is fun. The goalposts used to be a regular distance to "acheive" what you would consider utterly arbitrary (a skin), but what many consumers consider a large portion of the game's fun. The goalposts moved since last time. Now they're 10x further away in OW2, with more options to exchange real money for time. People don't like that because it ruins the fun and forces your brain to focus on the dollars and cents of what is supposed to be an escape.

                          to make your position work you have to not care about cosmetics. at all. Or how they affect gameplay decisions. at all. Or not care about what the community thinks, at all. Except the vast majority of consumers do (as evidenced by this post and the dozens on Reddit about this identical topic). To state that this is just "cosmetic kerfluffle" is lazy bordering on bad faith. It's like republicans barking about Freezepeach, I just don't believe it.

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                            October 5, 2022 12:30 PM

                            My position is they are not shitting on the community. Read my fucking text. The hyperbole is ridiculous. My personal stance on it is irrelevant to the point. It's the idea you think they are shitting on the community which makes your entire assessment entitled / a joke.

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                              October 5, 2022 12:50 PM

                              The hyperbole is so absurd it’s crossing galaxies- I only stated I understand why people are upset, and that I think people posting about how little this matters are full of shit.

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                        October 5, 2022 2:25 PM

                        People tend to shit their pants over absolutely nothing in order to fill the void in their lives, it is true

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                    October 5, 2022 11:02 AM

                    lol what? Makes you feel bad about playing? The core gameplay is the same. The cosmetics are just frilly extras that mean nothing.

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                    October 5, 2022 11:07 AM

                    Show us on the doll where the bad video game touched you.

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                    October 5, 2022 11:11 AM

                    I'm sure glad I don't play MP games anymore because I don't think I have the patients to put up with communities that complain about petty bullshit like cosmetic drop rates. Good lord.

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                    October 5, 2022 12:54 PM

                    it's a business that has to be successful to continue. the current strategies and pricing are very fair compared to other similar games' monetization.

                    it's a free trial molay game with a battle pass and cosmetic shop. you may not like it, but please dont be willfully ignorant of the world around you

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                    October 5, 2022 2:21 PM

                    If there was no MTX how would the game be funded? Do devs work for free now?

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                  October 5, 2022 11:01 AM

                  People also want to feel like their time playing something is valued. Having to play a game for 8 months to get 1 free legendary skin doesn't really seem to value the time it would take a player to unlock that. It's an absurdly long time and seems at a glance to be a push to force people to spend money vs just play the game and get things.

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                    October 5, 2022 11:06 AM

                    It's a game with no persistent unlockables. Their only revenue stream are those cosmetics of course they are going to push it more towards that way.

                    I don't understand the idea of having to play games that only provide constant unlockable stuff. What about playing a game because it's fun?

                    And again, the main topic is whether or not they are "shitting on the community". If there is some adjustments to be made on how things are unlocked, then have at it. The main point is no one is being shit on.

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                      October 5, 2022 11:34 AM

                      I'll touch on each point individually but overall I don't have a problem with games that have skins that cost money.

                      It's a game with no persistent unlockables. Their only revenue stream are those cosmetics of course they are going to push it more towards that way. - As mentioned I have no issue with them charging money of them pushing buying vs getting for free, but I think for this one instance in the image posted (as I have no clue what other items cost in coins or how long they take) is a bit of an excessive time.

                      I don't understand the idea of having to play games that only provide constant unlockable stuff. What about playing a game because it's fun? - I think most people who play the game would be playing it because it's fun and would be ok with spending some money on it but once you've put as much into it as it would cost it gets nice to be rewarded for continuing to play. I know the shack doesn't think skins matter but we're all old fucks who grew up not caring or being able to mod free shit into a game. Young players now have reasons why they want skins or will continue to play a game to grind out xp in order to get cool looking new stuff. This has been an issue w fortnite and kids being bullied at school for not having skins.

                      And again, the main topic is whether or not they are "shitting on the community". If there is some adjustments to be made on how things are unlocked, then have at it. The main point is no one is being shit on. - 100% can't speak to this as I don't play overwatch and have absolutely no desire to. My comment was only based on the length of time it would take for the legendary skin unlock again based on that one image and why I can personally see why some people would be upset. There are numerous ways they could improve that by moving them to a free track in a future season pass so yeah everyone who is pissed is most likely over reacting.

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                    October 5, 2022 12:55 PM

                    THE VALUE IS IN THE GAMEPLAY. NO ONE PLAYS MINESWEEPER FOR 10 HOURS A WEEK JUST TO UNLOCK A JPEG

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                      October 5, 2022 1:05 PM

                      Agreed. Some people really get hung up on those dumb cosmetics though.

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                      October 5, 2022 3:06 PM

                      Are the boobies in the jpeg?

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                      October 5, 2022 3:42 PM

                      i wish i could inf this like 100 times.

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                  October 5, 2022 11:44 AM

                  It's a free game that for many millions of people replaced the game they paid $60 for. If the two games coexisted that'd be one thing but the game wasn't "free" for a lot of people.

                  That said, I don't really know or care what the gig was with the loot crates for OW1 so maybe this was always the case with regards to the original too, just less spelled out, dunno.

                  But in any event being free does not mean it is beyond criticism.

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                    October 5, 2022 11:47 AM

                    Where did anybody say it was beyond criticism? I've specifically stated that feedback is always necessary and great. We are talking about how they "Shit on the community". Not whether or not each system is perfect or need review.

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                  October 5, 2022 11:46 AM

                  To be fair the free path for cosmetics is very grindy - if you do all your weekly challenges, you get 60 cents of currency a week, and a legendary skin is $19. You'll get it eventually, but this game has dozens of heroes and encourages you to switch regularly. Free players are essentially playing without cosmetics.

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                  October 5, 2022 3:03 PM

                  The free game that I paid for that they overwrote? I mean you could say this if ow1 still existed but it doesn't

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                    October 5, 2022 3:07 PM

                    You get everything you paid for in this

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                      October 5, 2022 3:09 PM

                      Your whole point is that it's free so don't complain...I tell you sir I have paid and I will complain. Good day to you. /monocle pop

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                        October 5, 2022 3:20 PM

                        That’s what I said?

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                          October 5, 2022 3:24 PM

                          "game just got released. I don't even see anything to really grind for.... and I dont' see any microtransactions.
                          and isn't the game free?" I mean what other take away is that. It's free suck it noob. :)

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                            October 5, 2022 3:27 PM

                            Context by reading the post before it. We are talking about how are they shitting on the community. Not if it’s free of criticism.

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                              October 5, 2022 3:29 PM

                              Let me know what you said in 'Nam so I can judge your hot takes from today. 0-O

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                                October 5, 2022 4:22 PM

                                What does that even mean.

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                                  October 5, 2022 4:27 PM

                                  You game is deep. Blame me for reading comprehension issues and you yourself don't understand me.

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                    October 5, 2022 3:19 PM

                    Yeah I paid for a bastion with a shield. What happened to my Roadhog hook with dimension warping ability? I paid for that!

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                      October 5, 2022 3:25 PM

                      Don't even get me going about the mercy nerf... motherfuckers

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            October 5, 2022 11:06 AM

            When do you recall these from exactly? This week? Last week?

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            October 5, 2022 12:52 PM

            false.

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        October 5, 2022 10:07 AM

        DDOS is still the response of entitled babies.

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        October 5, 2022 10:20 AM

        Let’s shit on people having fun these script kiddies should get the death penalty

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        October 5, 2022 10:32 AM

        I love these posts because you almost certainly have no idea what you’re even pretending to be mad about

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        October 5, 2022 11:07 AM

        They probably would've gotten DDOSed no mater what.

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      October 5, 2022 10:15 AM

      Awesome. At least I'm not the only one that can't get in. Keeps putting me back in the queue and then says that it can't log me in. Horrible launch.

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        October 5, 2022 10:21 AM

        Try the Europe or Asia regions, click the globe next to the Play button. You'll still keep your progress and be matched on nearby servers, since everybody is doing this.

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          October 5, 2022 12:58 PM

          Didn’t see this option on console. I finally got in and now the account merge button isn’t working. Besides that, was pretty fun.

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        October 5, 2022 12:56 PM

        did you miss the part where they're getting ddos'd?

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          October 5, 2022 2:21 PM

          Doesn't make the launch less horrible.

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      October 5, 2022 12:38 PM

      On Xbox the game crashes every time you unlock an achievement.

      https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/overwatch/t/achievements-disconnecting-from-game/696296

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      October 5, 2022 12:45 PM

      Wait the changed Moira's biotic grasp back to normal since the beta? Was kinda loving her ability to reduce enemy damage.

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        October 5, 2022 12:57 PM

        well she still has the biotic grasp but yeah they changed her damaging orb ability to the necrotic orb (which was the lower damage debuff),, which I liked... but yeah then they changed it back

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        October 5, 2022 2:26 PM

        I loved Necrotic Orb too. People didn't give themselves time to learn it, shitters also wanted an "easy" support with zero utility rather than someone with a very powerful skillshot, it sucks

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        October 5, 2022 2:51 PM

        Yeah they decided they didn't like how it played. Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with the current Moira.

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      October 5, 2022 12:46 PM

      FYI - I changed my region to Asia via the globe button near play and got in immediately.

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      October 5, 2022 1:53 PM

      for the boomers who remember UT, kirikos knives are like the ripper/ripjack. spam those at heads and win

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        October 5, 2022 2:54 PM

        It's ridiculously strong with headshots, but it's a projectile so not easy to do consistently. For the average player her overall damage output seems kind of bad, on the low end of supports. I'm not sure why they decided to put a high skill ceiling mechanic on her, that seems hard to balance. I'd rather they removed the 3x crit and buffed her kunai baseline.

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          October 5, 2022 3:00 PM

          Bodyshots are 40dmg while critshots are 120dmg, the only character with a 3x crit.

          I think they kept her baseline damage low because otherwise it would delete Zenyatta from the game. Her utility is just insanely fucking strong, at least on the level of Ana, arguably even more powerful but that remains to be seen.

          If she could do consistent damage instead of spiky damage it would be just nuts. I don't think that nerfing her utility would be good either because TPing to someone and nailing a clutch Suzu is just SO fucking fun

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      October 5, 2022 2:59 PM

      I finally got in to okay a match. It didn’t feel like a new game at all! All the same heroes from 1 and I don’t think any new abilities either. Only a few new heroes at launch and the same maps from 1.

      Lol wtf how is this a sequel?? Blizzard be fucking up. It really just felt like I was just playing Overwatch 1 again LOL.

      Which was a great game but how is this a sequel again? Maybe the name should have been less misleading and called Overwatch patch 2.0

      The graphics even look the same!

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        October 5, 2022 3:01 PM

        LOL!

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        October 5, 2022 3:02 PM

        Seems that you read about as much about OW2 as you did your hoa agreement

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        October 5, 2022 3:04 PM

        "All the same heroes from 1 and I don’t think any new abilities either"

        Several of the heroes like Orisa are so reworked that they could have been new characters.

        Maybe you'd need to be more familiar with the game but the rebalancing as well as the move to 5v5 has drastically changed the pace and shape of the game. Its just so different.

        No argument about how the "Overwatch 2" name is misleading though. The original intent was to release a huge PvE component but that was pushed into next year. The choice was to continue holding back PvP patches into 2023, or unpause PvP development and split it from PvE.

        I get how it sucks from a marketing standpoint but as a PvP player they absolutely made the right decision.

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        October 5, 2022 3:56 PM

        The decision to call it Overwatch 2 was based on PvE, with a full campaign and replayable modes. That was the key feature. Finally after years of dev hell and no updates to the live game, they decided to cut their losses, resume PvP development now, and release PvE next year. I guess it was too late for them to change course on the branding.

        When PvE is in full swing I think this will feel like a sequel. What we have right now is just a huge patch catching the PvP game back up to roughly where it would be had they not abandoned it 3 years ago.

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      October 5, 2022 3:25 PM

      they say this every new game release. Do people still believe this?

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      October 5, 2022 7:14 PM

      Status update: https://us.forums.blizzard.com/en/overwatch/t/overwatch-2-launch-status-update/700480

      Biggest news is that SMS Protect is becoming optional for most OW1 accounts. Also various updates on server status.

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      October 5, 2022 8:11 PM

      I'm absolutely wrecking shit with Orisa and I expect a nerf of some kind. It feels almost too powerful. The best part about the Javelin Spin is that it can knock players off the map and lock people up against a wall so DPS can focus fire them down.

      The only class I have a problem dealing with is Junker Queen. I haven't played her yet but holy shit is she tough to kill.

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        October 5, 2022 8:16 PM

        I think she'll be fine without nerfs, people had the same issues with her in beta and figured it out eventually.

        Generally the way to deal with Orisa is to ignore her and kill the rest of the team, then save her for last. She isn't great at peeling for her teammates so going for everyone else is usually the way to go.

        A really good combo to do with her is to javelin spin into ult, then use fortify after ult. Not only is this a fast way to initiate, it gives you an insanely long time with fortify status since she gets it when ulting and it doesn't affect the cooldown for your regular fortify.

      • Zek legacy 10 years legacy 20 years
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        October 5, 2022 9:54 PM

        Orisa has a lot of survival tools and it's generally a waste of time trying to kill her unless she overextends. But she can't really protect her teammates.

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        October 6, 2022 12:15 AM

        fuck orisa. like just remove it from the game.

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