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You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy 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! On this episode of The Payload: The crew welcomes Skyline (YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Discord) to the show. “The Year of the Rooster” Overwatch event is teased for January 24th. Jeff Kaplan posts another Developer Update: PTR Philosophy The Miami Heat invest in esports organization Misfits. Cloud9 signs GODS, drops KyKy. TwoEasy is dropped from FaZe Clan. The crew gets caught up on the NGE Winter Premiere and APEX Season 2. John, Skyline, Jimmy, and Rosh discuss map mastery and how to up your game with map awareness. Make sure to follow Skyline on all of the platforms above to stay up to date with

 

Developer Update | PTR Philosophy

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Jeff Kaplan is back with the first Developer Update of 2017. We’ll give you the highlights but make to watch the full video! Console PTR Jeff addresses some of the questions about the PTR (Public Test Region) and why it isn’t available on console. In short, his answer comes down to coordinating with Microsoft and Sony’s ecosystems vs. Blizzard’s own ecosytem. The Overwatch team uses the time they gain from a PC PTR to acquire certification for a simultaneous patch release on all platforms. Purpose of PTR While giving feedback on balance changes is important and helpful, Jeff reiterates that there are other important features being tested on the PTR. Incentivizing PTR The team is not opposed to incentivizing the PTR with rewards like loot boxes or a portion of experience transferring back to live regions. However, in comparison with developing features that would affect all players, the Overwatch team hasn’t found

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy 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! On this episode of The Payload: The team goes in-depth with the latest PTR Patch Notes. The Overwatch Winter Premiere is ongoing. The crew discusses major changes in Overwatch esports as teams disband and reorganize Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to thank our MVP’s, Adam B., Jay A., Correl, and Tomi H. We stream ourselves recording the show live every week over at www.twitch.tv/blizzpro Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific. If

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, and Jimmy 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: Make sure to sign in before January 2nd and get your 5 free lootboxes! Diablo 20th anniversary in-game goodies are coming to Overwatch and other Blizzard games. Overwatch becomes the 2nd most popular game-specific subreddit behind League of Legends. The crew discusses Blizzard’s behavior concerning nerfs and buffs. Symmetra’s new rework has been on live servers for a few weeks now. How has she been doing? The Payload crew dissects where they’ve seen Symmetra work best, how to play with her, and how to play against her. Make sure to find Jamerson on Twitter @JetSetJamerson on on Twitch at twitch.tv/jetsetjamerson.

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: “Reflections,” a new Overwatch digital comic, reveals a ton of lore. IEM Gyeonngi and MLG Vegas were this past weekend. The crew discusses the most important Blue posts from the past week. 2016 is nearly gone and The Payload Podcast takes some time to reflect on 2016 and look forward to 2017. Jeff Kaplan posted another Developer Update: Year in Review. Last, but not least, the crew says their goodbye’s to Kevin who announced he will be leaving the show for the next step in his career at Blizzard Entertainment. We wish him all the best and know it wont

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: Overwatch’s winter event Winter Wonderland is live with new skins, sprays, emotes, intros, and play icons. There was some dissent surrounding some of the skins. The team weighs in. Terry Crews visits Blizzard HQ. Could he be up to something? Doomfist? The crew makes predictions on IEM Gyeonggi and MLG Vegas before the tournament begins this weekend. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to thank our MVP’s,

The much-anticipated Overwatch holiday event “Winter Wonderland” is now live on PC and console. This event will last until January 2nd. This patch comes packed with tons of holiday goodies: King’s Row and Hanamura have been decorated for the holiday. Over 100 new cosmetic items are available for purchase via Winter Loot Boxes or in-game currency. (Reminder: When purchasing with in-game currency, cosmetic items are 3x more expensive. Legendary items are 3000 credits and Epic items are purchasable for 750 credits.) A new Brawl has been announced called “Mei’s Snowball Offensive.” The new brawl “Mei’s Snowball Offensive” is a 6v6 single-elimination death match. In this brawl, Mei’s Endothermic Blaster has been modified to shoot snowballs. Players are eliminated by a single hit and the weapon can only be refilled by finding snow piles across the map. Mei’s ultimate has also been modified to act as a semi-automatic snowball shooter (if you get

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: A Holiday Event has been teased for December 13th. A Chinese Law may require game makers to supply loot box drop rates. Misfits, Rogue, and Luminosity Gaming participate in large trade in a major roster shake up. Overwatch APEX Season 1 concludes. Overwatch MGA Championships is ongoing but plagued with issues. Chinese Tournament Team Story Chapter 1 is ongoing. IEM Ryenggi Invitational with $100,000 prize pool announced for next weekend. MLG Vegas is next weekend. For this week’s strategy segment, the team discusses how to bust the 3-tank meta, which heroes to pick, strategies to use, and more!

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: Season 3 commences and The Payload crew discusses the most important hero changes. The Oasis, a new Control map, is on the PTR. Symmetra has received a major redesign. Overwatch Apex Season 1 is nearing it’s finale. Misfits overtakes Fnatic 3-2 at Dreamhack Winter Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to thank our MVP’s, Adam B., Jay A., Correl, and Tomi H. We stream ourselves

The Overwatch team posted a Developer Update with Jeff Kaplan this morning. In this informative 9-minute video, Jeff highlighted changes coming to Symmetra, an update on the newly announced Oasis Control map, and some social features. Symmetra: Has a choice of Ultimate. “Teleporter” Teleporter works just as it did before. “Shield Generator” The Shield Generator applies shields (more than previous) to allies in a large radius and ignores line of sight. Symmetra’s ability to apply shields to allies is being removed. “Photon Barrier” replaces her previous shield ability. The Photon Barrier is an elliptical shield that follows along a track. Symmetra can now stock 6 turrets (up from 3). The total amount of turrets she can have out at once is still the same. Weapon remains mostly unchanged, but Symmetra’s primary fire has had it’s range extended by a minor amount. These changes are coming “very soon” to the PTR.

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