What We Know About Overwatch 2 So Far…

One of the most successful games over the last decade is by far Overwatch. This game came out of the gates with a boom and took over the gaming community by storm. I was very skeptical when the game first drop[ed, but I must say I am very glad I was pushed into this game by some friends. The game has had one of the best development teams for continuously attempting to balance the game when imperfections surfaced. The game was constantly changing and characters were being added throughout the life of the game. Some people are confused about why a new Overwatch is even in the works because games like League of Legends and DOTA is what Overwatch seemed to be the life cycle the game was going for. We will have to wait and see the full reason for an Overwatch 2, but as of now, this is the information we have so far thanks to BlizzCon 2019…

As of this moment in time, we do not even have the slightest idea of a release date. For all, we know it could be coming out next year, the drop of the next-generation consoles, or even years from now. Sadly we won’t be able to provide any insider information on a release date, but we can give you everything about the game itself! It seems like Overwatch 2 will be having a very heavy focus on the PVE side of Overwatch. We may have a much deeper dive into the lore of Overwatch with the PVE for what the cinematic trailer shows us. IF you haven’t had an opportunity to, please take the time to watch the Overwatch 2 Announcement Cinematic “Zero Hour” you will not be disappointed!

The PVE of the game with being driven on Hero and story missions as you battle the Null Sector. The game will have new and old heroes returning to the fray of battle. We will see a new way to improve your characters and make them own in a sense. You will be able to upgrade your heroes’ abilities, and you can even change the ultimates of your characters to properly assist you in battle! We will have to see if the abilities are going to stay in the PVE or make their way into PVP… which could cause some problems for balancing sake.

As for the PVP, it does not seem like much will be changing. We have seen some gameplay of a good portion of heroes that would be returning (Genji, Lucio, Reaper, Winston, Tracer, Mei, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei, Brigitte, Bastion, Zenyatta, Widowmaker, Doom Fist, Mercy, Hanzo, Roadhog) that can all be spotted in the Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI ).

There also seems to be some space combat in the trailer it is hard to tell if that will be PVE or PVP, but we can hope for some PVP space combat! There are four locations they show off in the trailer for PVP as well as a new game mode Push! It seems as if Overwatch 2 in a PVP aspect is just going to be a HUGE DLC rather then a new game. Blizzard has done a good job with their games so I’m sure this will feel much more than a cash grab for what some people are worried about.

What are your thoughts on Overwatch 2? Is it needed? Will this resurrect the community back to full strength again? Is this a waste of resources by Blizzard and they should put more money/time into Overwatch? Is it a cash grab? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed the article leave a like to see more content like this!

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Everything We Know About World of Warcraft Shadowlands…

There were a bunch of updates that were announced for Blizzard games from sequels (Diablo IV and Overwatch 2), an auto chess game for Hearthstone, and a HUGE new expansion for World of Warcraft. The new expansion that all WOW fans have been waiting for (including myself) is Shadowlands! The new expansion should bring some much-needed life back into the game. The last expansion was very solid, but I feel it did not hold the community, as well as other expansions, have for most people. The story structure was very well done, and the dungeons/raids were, for the most part, were enjoyable. Most people are speculating August since the last two expansions have come out in August. Most likely will be August or later for the 2020 year.

Since the expansion was just released there is not a huge amount of information yet, but there are some very key points. To start they showed off four total zones for the ShadowLands Expansion Revendreth, Bastion, Ardenweald, and Maldraxxus. Revendeth is the first one showed off on their World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Features Overview on youtube!

This zone is a very demonic and more on the dark and grim style for maps. It has some very interesting characters shown off in the video which seem to be some demons and potentially vampires as well that will wander this zone. The next zone on the list is Ardenweald. This zone is a very mystic and colorful zone with some darker undertones for a more Night feel to it, but a very luminous location. We seem to see what appears to be a Night Elf type creature with large antlers as sort of a city location. As for the monstrous creatures of this area we will be seeing more of the natural type with large worms, antelopes, and possible NPC or creatures that resemble a fairy-like hybrid. Maldraxxus is more in the style of Revendreth. Much more in the creepy/demon hunter location. It will be infested with trolls, spiders, and warlock type of humanoids in the zone. Maldraxxus is a much more run-down location for this expansion out of all the zones for the visuals. A very destroyed and gloomy zone for the expansion, but I’m sure will hold some very interesting creatures. The last zone in the overview is Bastion. Bastion has a very hopeful look to it with beautiful and vibrant colors throughout the area for what we can see. The city like the area has some beautiful architecture and an amazing amount of workers and guards throughout maintaining the city structure.

The zones are going to play a larger role than just quest locations as for what the overview brings to light. There is a new system called covenants in Shadowlands, and it shows each zone has its covenant that provides you with different rewards and armor for whatever you accomplish in this expansion for the covenant that you side with. We will have to see how the covenants play into the story, and how they potentially will affect the loot in the game that is earned. Each covenant has its own very distinct armors that you earn throughout the expansion. Now the real question is will different zones have different stats and attributes to the gear or will it all come down to cosmetics?

There is a HUGE change coming to the 2020 Shadowlands expansion… As most of you know the current max level cap for WOW Battle of Azeroth is 120. Blizzard is lowering the level cap down to 60 instead of raising it to 130. I believe this is a brilliant strategy for Blizzard. Right now trying to get into WOW as a new player to get from level 1 to level 120… Is impossible for most without paying 60$ to boost your character to level 110. With the level cap change the way leveling will work now is you will get to level 10 in your normal location of the game, and then at level 10, you will choose which expansion you will play. Yes, that’s right. Now at level 10, you will choose which of the previous expansions you would like to play from level 10 to level 50. Once you hit level 50 you will get to move onto ShadowLands. They have announced that Death Knights and Demon Hunter will start at level 10 to move onto the expansions. The real question for everyone right now is what happens to people right now who aren’t maxed level or level 1… We aren’t too sure yet if they will try and balance the levels out, make everyone level 10 who isn’t maxed, or make everyone 50 who is over (insert level). All and all I believe this was a very smart choice for Blizzard. As someone more of the casual player by running dungeons and raids here and there, but I have only ever really had one or two characters near max. This will drive someone like me to run all the expansions on a bunch of other characters to get to the new max.

What do you think of the upcoming ShadowLands DLC for WOW? Are you excited? Will this bring you back into the mix after not playing for years with the level cap much more reasonable? Let us know in the comments! Feel free to tweet us about your thoughts!

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Black Ops 4 Beta Dates

The dates have finally been announced when the beta will drop for Black Ops 4, the upcoming installment for the Call of Duty franchise. It has been a sigh of relief the last few years when the developers have allowed us to indulge on early gameplay for multiple reasons. The biggest of course is for the not so hardcore fans to know if they will be interested in the newest Call of Duty. Then another benefit for the hardcore fans is they will be able to express their opinions of different gun balances pre launch. Even though some people may view the Call of Duty as a second evil to EA with their microtransactions, it really has been much appreciated that we have been getting betas for the past few games. Yes, for most part the franchise has become stale, but I will argue that the recent Call of Duty installment betas have lead to a much more polished game release.

Multiplayer Beta Dates:

Playstation 4 (First Weekend):

Start: August 3rd 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 6th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Playstation 4 and Xbox One (Second Weekend):

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

PC:

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta: Classified

There are a plethora of different elements the community is eager to get their hands on in the beta. Black Ops 4 is trying it’s best to make Call of Duty feel innovated again, but this could be its ultimate downfall. As much as the community complains about Call of Duty being stale by not taking risks, these same people lash out when the game does change (jet packs). There is potential for a pivotal year for Call of Duty with the addition of new combat changes such as self healing, medics, five man matches, and BATTLE ROYALE… this could be a huge turning point for the franchise. If pulled off correctly, fans will find their love for the game again. But if the additions lack, it could be the final dagger to the heart for the franchise. As a long time Call of Duty lover… I really hope this could be the change we are needing.

Let us know what you think about the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. Are you interested with the changes? Are you buying in on a AAA title making a battle royale game mode? Are you excited for a possibly new tactical game play with self healing? Or do you just want Call of Duty to die already?

-Brandon Maj

Orisa is coming!!!

We are less then a week away from the new Overwatch tank to hit the competitive season with! It will be nice to have an addition to the roster to add a little more diversity to the tank selection. People have been fearing a new tank like this though… They feel that Overwatch is going to become Barrierwatch. People in the PTR were running groups with Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa… With a Bastion. Yeah, we see how that will be a headache too. 

It is going to be very interesting how Orisa will fit the meta. Will this bring in a new wave of 3 rank groups with the barrier squad? It’s hard to imagine playing choke hold maps with Reinhardt, Mei, Orisa, and a Bastion also. You will never be able to push through the hold. We will probably see more flying/flanking characters be played more now. 

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-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

The Developers Heard Our Cries…

There are many upcoming changes to Overwatch that have been hitting season 4. Some of the changes have been the new character Orisa and others like balancing changes. The biggest balance we’ve seen so far this season was the change for Bastion. He was equipped with a better healing ability that allows him to move while helping, and a better weapon spread. So far nothing crazy has changed for any of heroes to render them useless… Untill recently brought up in our previous article No Not My Ana!!!

 Fans of Overwatch have been dreading the changes that were coming to one of the fan favorite support characters Ana. The changes that were coming were as follows:

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Thankfully after time in the PTR and a lot of community outrage . The develops are going to listen to the backlash of the massive nerf of this support character. As shown above from the previous stated changes to Ana. They are going to be removing the Biotic Grenade changes, and only bringing her damage down slightly. I believe this is very fair for the fact the grenade seemed more as a support (buff/debuff) ability. While the Biotic Rifle damage is a DPS trait. It was unfair to see Ana killing characters as well if not better then not DPS classes, while being able to buff and debuff the battle field. Hopefully these changes for Ana will bring light to the character, and not kick her from the meta.

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No Not My Ana!!!

Each week we give all you nerds a little insight on Overwatch. The Nerd Chambers current favorite competitive shooter… We have brought you the Bastion buffs, news on Zarya and Bastion getting slight tweaks, and our experiences in the current season. Well today we have some more upcoming patch notes to bring all of you that are currently in play in the PTR (public test region).

Ana

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Junkrat

  • No longer hurts himself from his own explosions. (Effect added to current passive: Total Mayhem)

Orisa

Fusion Driver

  • Magazine size lowered from 200 to 150

Supercharger

  • Cost increased by 15%

Sombra

Stealth

  • Sound effects and VO distance for entering and exiting Stealth reduced to 15 meters.

Translocator

  • Cooldown reduced from 6s to 4s

Winston

Barrier Projector

  • Cooldown now starts when the barrier is placed, instead of when it ends

Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

  • Alternate fire recovery reduced from 1s to 0.6s

Orb of Discord

  • Can now target enemies through barriers


There are many… Many changes that are currently in the test region. Some are going to benefit heroes, and some will of course hurt some of the heroes. In our eyes their really are no big “helpful” changes to any of the characters. Yes the Winston cooldown change will be nice, but not game changing. Also it will most likely not bring him into play more than he is currently seeing. The Zenyatta changes are nice, but again not game changing. Being able to discord through barriers does not do a lot because you still have to take down the barriers. Sombra is probably seeing the biggest positive change with a better colldown with the teleporter, and the fact that she is silent out of stealth will help her suprise attacks.She is probably the most hated character on console currently, so this will probably not being her into any matches still.

Now… The negative. Sadly most of us have not had any chance to get our hands on Orisa, and she is already seeing sorts of nerfs with her clip size from 200 to 150. This change won’t personally effect any of us because we haven’t had first hand play with her yet. So it will all be new anyway for us. We however can say goodbye to Ana in meta… She is losing a good protion of her damage from 80 to 60. That’s 3 shots from 2 for a tracer, and 3 to 4 for a majority of heroes in the game. On top of that, her grenade is now being cut In half brining it to nearly useless. This might be the death of Ana for the meta, and the birth of Zenyatta for meta play. 

What do all you games think about these changes coming to Overwatch? Was Ana one of your mains? Hopefully you didn’t golden gun her recently… Let us know @TheNerdChambers all your thoughts! Also go like us on Facebook!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

New Overwatch Update…

We all have had a few days now to enjoy Overwatch Season 4, and we already have some changes coming. Sorry Bastion players. It is always nice to see game developers always looking to better the experience for the consumers. That being said after the great re-balancing of the heroes we now have a few more changes coming up.

As we all know by now there is a new hero that will be dropping hopefully sooner then later Orisa (Click on her name to read our article all about Orisa!). On top of that we are going to see some changes to Zarya and Bastion. The new fan favorite hero Bastion has been sweeping the meta, and has been picked no matter what the team build is. Bastion players see a Torbjorn, Symmetra, Hanzo that means the team has a sickness and it needs more Bastion. Thankfully the developers have had some first hand experience of the community outrage that has been Bastion, and they are taking action. Bastion’s passive ability was tweaked to a substantial 35% resistance while in tank or sentry mode this past update, but the devs felt this was a little to intense. They will be reducing the Ironclad passive down to 20% while in sentry and tank configuration. Hopefully we will see a slightly better balance to the number of Bastions we see in competitive.

Finally Zarya is seeing a very small nerf in my eyes. Zarya’s abilities Particle Barrier and Projected Barrier not only absorbed damage, but they also absorbed knock back abilities. Well, with the upcoming patch, we will see Zarya no longer eat knock backs that “penetrate” the barriers. So heroes like Reinhardt with his knock back hammer, Winston with his Primal Rage, and a well placed concussion mine will now be able to knock back Zarya (or ally) even with a barrier up.  As for Phara and a ranged Lucio Boop she will still not be moved from place. Only if their weapons were to be inside of her barrier when fired.

We will just have to see how much of an effect these patch notes will truly have to the game. Let us know what you think about these patch notes in the comments or tweet us @TheNerdChambers!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)