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**Ooops! We misnumbered the show notes. This is actually Episode 36 despite saying Episode 35 multiple times in the show!** You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, Jimmy, and Kevin will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: Blizzard reveals Eichenwalde, Overwatch’s new hybrid map. The Overwatch team debuts “The Last Bastion” digital short at GamesCom. Season 1 has ended and with Season 2 comes many significant changes. A new major patch has hit the PTR. BMing in Overwatch has never been more rewarding for other players. Overwatch servers go high-bandwidth Jeff Kaplan is a boss and does his Developer Updates in one take without queue cards or a teleprompter. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our ...

 

The Last Bastion Animated Short

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Blizzard has released their first animated video in what they are calling their second series of Overwatch animated shorts. This one is showing Bastion and the origin of his little bird he has with him. It has some great flashbacks of the Omnic Crisis and shows why Bastion is indeed the Last Bastion – with a little PTSD and all....

 

PTR Patch Notes: August 17, 2016

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We reported Monday on Jeff Kaplan’s video outlining changes coming to competitive play for season 2. Today those changes are now on the PTR. The full patch notes are below which detail the changes Kaplan talked about, as well as several buffs and nerfs to many characters....

 

New Map: Eichenwalde

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GamesCom in Europe started this week and with it some new announcements from Blizzard. We have a new Bastion animated short that hasn’t been shown yet, but we also got a new map that will be releasing next month in Eichenwalde Castle. This map will be a new Assault/Payload hybrid map that is set around the castle of Eichenwalde in Germany. From the description of the site: The new map will bring about the origins of Bastion in his animated short. The forest he was found in will be in this map. As you watch the video of the map you will see lots of dead Bastions laying around – so it’s clear they were used in this final battle and got absolutely destroyed (must have been quite the army). We’ll likely learn more about this place once Bastion’s animated short is revealed later this week....

Competitive Season 1 is coming to a close this week, and with the next couple weeks off we’ll all be preparing for season 2. However, there are a lot of changes coming to how competitive mode will work next season and Game Director Jeff Kaplan made a lengthy video about them. The biggest change will be how skill rating will work. It’s no longer a scale of 1-100 but will be a scale of 1-5000 and split between bronze, silver, gold and up much like how StarCraft and Heroes of the Storm ladder systems work. Top 500 players will now also have a requirement of competing in at least 50 matches. The new tiers will be Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Master, and Grand Master. For all tiers you won’t be able to fall below your tier except for Master and Grand Master ranks. Season rewards will now be based ...

 

Ana was a legendary sniper believed to be the best of her time. With the coming of a new type of sniper it was believed she was lost forever. Turns out this ghosts has turned Guardian angel and has been helping her friends from behind the scenes all along. It is time you learn to control this master sniper? What heroes will can make her a ghost permanently? When should she focus on healing? When should she hunker down and take out her targets?...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, Jimmy, and Kevin will look at all things Overwatch: News, esports, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! Greetings, heroes! We’ve got some fantastic news! Rosh from Fade2Karma will be joining us as a permanent host! Make sure to follow her on Twitter and on Twitch! The Payload Podcast crew had a lot to talk about this week. Here are the highlights: Could Overwatch be the best selling FPS ever? Season 1 of Competitive Play ends next week. The Overwatch team in China banned 7500 accounts. We dissect some blue posts from Geoff Goodman (Zenyatta, Mercy) and Jeff Kaplan (1HL, new features). Last but not least, with season 2 around the corner the group took to critiquing and speculating on Competitive Play, ...

One of the major complaints in the competitive community has been the fact that Overwatch was set at 20 tick for it’s server rate. This would cause a lot of frustration in appearing you might be shot behind a wall and then you see the kill cam and it shows you weren’t even around it yet. 20 tick is relatively slow and no other competitive FPS game has it set that low. A lot of players were hoping to see it get upped to 60 or higher (honestly every competitive gamer will always complain it’s too slow). Here’s a pretty decent video that explains more about what the problem was: And here’s a video from Blizzard’s developers explaining in more technical details about the net code: However, it looks like tonight, Blizzard has quietly upgraded to 60 tick. Check the screenshot below. In game when you press control-shift-N that will ...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts Jimmy, John, and Kevin will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the boys every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! It’s been a relatively slow week in the world of Overwatch, but Kevin, Jimmy, and John keep you up to speed! There’s a special time-limited event in Overwatch: Summer Games. A minor patch has appeared! There’s lots of speculation about Overwatch’s next hero as clues are hidden in new Overwatch material. Blizzard announces the Overwatch World Cup for BlizzCon. This week, Blizzard sent out a couple of massive ban waves for people using exploits and cheats in Overwatch. On the show, we introduce a new segment called Wah-tchpoint: Gibraltar where we take the best and saltiest responses and have a little fun with them. ...

Yesterday during Activision-Blizzard’s quarterly financial update we learned that Overwatch now has over 15 million players world wide and the game made roughly $500 million of the roughly $750 million Blizzard made last quarter. Over 15 million Overwatch players? Whoo! Get HYPE! Thanks for believin’, heroes. 💙💚❤️ pic.twitter.com/C1us6IBDyO — Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 4, 2016 Now, 15 million players doesn’t necessarily mean 15 million copies sold (mostly due to how the Asia market works with PC Bangs). But let’s say it’s a fairly close indicator. If Overwatch has sold 15 million copies, it would place it in the top 50 for ALL TIME in games sold. It would currently be sitting just behind some Call of Duty titles and Battlefield 3 to be claimed as the top selling FPS franchise at all time. As it stands right now, it would need roughly another 12 million copies sold to pass the all ...

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