Overwatch 2 is looking so tight. One of the games (and the pro leagues) bigger problems is that with so many characters it's hard for new players to get into the game, and without knowing what each character does, it's hard to keep track of what's happening in the pro matches. The skill ceiling in Overwatch is extremely high, so at the league level it's played so fast that even if you know the game well it can be hard to track.
Watching the pro's play these new OWL 2 5v5 matches, a lot of issues are improved upon. Particle effects are scaled back a lot, and with one less player the match is much, much easier to follow. The new maps have more open space, even inside buildings, making it easier to follow the action as it takes place. These streams show that the traditionally 'off-tank' characters compete just fine as the sole tank, just as well as the traditionally 'main tank' characters, and there's much more opportunity for these amazing players to 'make plays' without having that extra player to constantly worry about. Not to mention the substantial reduction in CC and shield protection, the game seems less defense focused and more offense focused, which is a good thing. There's a reason the Asian teams are more fun to watch, they are much more aggressive. While western teams are much more defense focused, playing slow to build ults, using as many characters who have damage mitigation as possible.
I know PvP isn't a major focus of OWL 2, but right now the format is looking better than ever. I can't wait to see some of these new heroes as we near release early next year and OWL Season 5 is gonna rock. The league saw a major upsurge in viewership (in some areas of the world, over 90% increase). These changes and improvements are sure to lead to even more fans watching next season.
This comment was edited on Oct 10, 2021, 12:39.