Overwatch director looks into competitive 3v3 mode possibility

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan reveals that his team is considering to bring a competitive version of the 3v3 mode in the game.

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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that his team at Blizzard is looking into bringing a competitive version of the 3v3 mode introduced during the Anniversary Event of the game.

Competitive 3x3 mode

This exciting revelation of Kaplan comes after a fan asked over Battle.net about the possibility of bringing the 3v3 mode in Overwatch as a competitive one. The 3v3 Lockout Elimination Arcade mode alongside the three new Arena maps have been received well by players.

In response to the fan the query, Kaplan admitted that the Overwatch team has been considering the suggestion and they are "keeping a really close eye on it". However, the game director had been honest to tell the state of this mode, saying, "It's still a little early to tell if the mode is stable and balanced enough to host a competitive version".

The Anniversary Event's 3v3 Lockout works just like the usual 3v3 Elimination. The only difference comes when players are barred from using the same hero they use with the previous battle that they have won. This encourages each team of three to employ different strategies in different sets of characters. The difficulty level and dynamism brought by this mode make players crave more of it.

Undocumented change

In another news, many players have thrown shade over Reinhardt's "undocumented change" since Patch 1.11 was released. According to reported complaints, it takes twice as long for a smash of Reinhardt's hammer to register. Instead of the hit to take place in the middle of the swing, it now happens at the end. After a series of tests by fans, it was only then players discovered that all of the character's abilities had been decelerated.

As of now, the answer fans get came from Blizzard's lead engineer Bill Warnecke clarifying that they have no intentions to alter Reinhardt's hammer. He added that he will escalate the matter to the support team.

This article was first published on May 29, 2017