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Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF

Overwatch website announces a new version of the Overwatch PTR is now available. This includes a bunch of new features coming to the multiplayer shooter, including a new server browser, the new Capture the Flag mode, along with a bunch of hero updates. The PTR is available for Windows only, but they say the changes being tested will also come to the console versions.

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7. Re: etc. Feb 8, 2017, 15:21 beigemore
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 09:55:
There's more than one entrance to the flag, and you can counter these heroes like you normally do in other game modes. If D.va got the flag, that must mean your team wiped. Flags cannot be insta-grabbed.

If everyone is out of the base or one or two people are dead, Dva can put shields up to block turret damage and grab the flag even while under fire.
 
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6. Re: etc. Feb 8, 2017, 09:55 Pigeon
 
deqer wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:39:
beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
The characters are not balanced at all to play CTF. Generally you end up with Torbjorn building a sentry in the base, Symmetra putting mini-sentries by the main entrances, and then Dva going into the other base, grabbing the flag, then literally flying out with it.
There's more than one entrance to the flag, and you can counter these heroes like you normally do in other game modes. If D.va got the flag, that must mean your team wiped. Flags cannot be insta-grabbed.

beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
They really need to make it where the flag gets dropped if the player carrying it uses any abilities to increase movement speed, fly, travel, or become invincible.
With the new custom game system coming, you'll be able to do that now.

beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
I almost wish your flag had to be in your base in order to cap the enemy's flag,
You'll be able to do that too now. Go watch the developer update video released yesterday.

I think it needs a little work. D.Va is by far the strongest flag carrier right now. Once she gets the flag it's very hard to stop her. Large health pool means she can absorb a lot of damage, and the defense matrix can just straight up deny it. The jets more than anything let her quickly put a lot of distance and, most notably, barriers between her and pursuers.

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5. Re: etc. Feb 8, 2017, 08:39 deqer
 
beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
The characters are not balanced at all to play CTF. Generally you end up with Torbjorn building a sentry in the base, Symmetra putting mini-sentries by the main entrances, and then Dva going into the other base, grabbing the flag, then literally flying out with it.
There's more than one entrance to the flag, and you can counter these heroes like you normally do in other game modes. If D.va got the flag, that must mean your team wiped. Flags cannot be insta-grabbed.

beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
They really need to make it where the flag gets dropped if the player carrying it uses any abilities to increase movement speed, fly, travel, or become invincible.
With the new custom game system coming, you'll be able to do that now.

beigemore wrote on Feb 8, 2017, 08:33:
I almost wish your flag had to be in your base in order to cap the enemy's flag,
You'll be able to do that too now. Go watch the developer update video released yesterday.
 
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4. Re: Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF Feb 8, 2017, 08:33 beigemore
 
The characters are not balanced at all to play CTF. Generally you end up with Torbjorn building a sentry in the base, Symmetra putting mini-sentries by the main entrances, and then Dva going into the other base, grabbing the flag, then literally flying out with it.

They really need to make it where the flag gets dropped if the player carrying it uses any abilities to increase movement speed, fly, travel, or become invincible.

I almost wish your flag had to be in your base in order to cap the enemy's flag, but I think games would be even more of a stalemate than they already are. Most of the time, either one team gets completely stomped, or nobody wins.
 
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3. Re: etc. Feb 7, 2017, 21:53 deqer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Feb 7, 2017, 21:14:
They really need to get on the ball with releasing new maps on a regular basis.
Things like server browser(this particular highly configurable server browser), replay system, etc. are much higher priority than more maps or heroes. And once we reach May, one year will have passed and the game will be done(ready to automatically reactivate those annual events), and Blizzard can then move onto other things.
 
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2. Re: Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF Feb 7, 2017, 21:14 Mordecai Walfish
 
They really need to get on the ball with releasing new maps on a regular basis. One a month until they have a good amount of content there, and not the same 3-4 maps for each game type, as they currently have. Can run on the same hamster wheel for so long until it gets old. A server browser will be a nice addition though, depending on how they implement it.  
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1. Re: Overwatch PTR Update Adds Browser and CTF Feb 7, 2017, 18:48 theglaze
 
If the seasonal arcade event 'Capture the Rooster' is any indication, CTF will be a gimmicky add-on forced on game style that doesn't fit the mode.  
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