From our family of heroes to yours: Happy New Year!

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Join game director Jeff Kaplan as he takes a look back at what happened in 2017 and then looks forward to what’s in store for 2018.

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Game director Jeff Kaplan talks about the many ways the Overwatch team is working to improve your esports viewing experience.
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Learn more about what new broadcasting tools and features are in development and see these updates in action at the Overwatch World Cup playoffs at BlizzCon!

Watch the playoffs LIVE Nov 3 & 4: http://worldcup.playoverwatch.com

0:10 – We love Overwatch esports, and here’s why
0:41 – But it’s kind of hard to watch, so we’re working on improvements
2:00 – Introducing team uniforms and team color palettes!
3:35 – We’re adding a new tool for broadcasters, the top down interactive map
4:49 – As well as the third-person smart camera!
5:28 – Broadcasters can now create instant replays during live broadcasting
6:25 – What does the new automated tournament interface do?
6:48 – Tournament games will now automatically pause when players disconnect
7:30 – This is just the beginning; we’re committed to making esports fun to watch
8:48 – Join us for the Overwatch World Cup at BlizzCon!

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Game director Jeff Kaplan discusses upcoming changes to Mercy and D.Va which are currently available for testing on the PTR.
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00:12 – Big changes are coming for Mercy!
00:38 – Why are we changing Mercy in the first place?
02:28 – Resurrect is now Mercy’s second ability (default: E)
03:17 – Introducing Mercy’s new ultimate: Valkyrie!
05:35 – We’ll be experimenting with how Resurrect and Valkyrie interact on the PTR
06:21 – We’re really looking forward to your feedback on these changes
07:00 – Changes are also coming soon to D.Va’s Defense Matrix
07:26 – Why are we concerned about Defense Matrix?
08:44 – We’re experimenting with different options for D.Va on the PTR
09:26 – Hero balance is always going to be ongoing process
09:58 – We can’t wait to hear your feedback about D.Va, too!

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Game director Jeff Kaplan details some of the changes coming to Season 6 of Competitive Play later this month.
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0:32 – Seasons will now be two months long vs. three months
1:50 – Competitive Points are also being adjusted to account for the shorter season
2:28 – Skill Rating decay changes are coming and will be less punitive
3:35 – Control maps will now be best of three vs. best of five
5:06 – Placement matches should now lead to more accurate skill ratings
6:31 – Higher tiered matches should now be more balanced, but queue times might be longer
8:14 – We’ll always be working to improve Competitive Play, it’s an ongoing process
9:01 – Your feedback is incredibly important and we look forward to hearing what you think

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Game Director Jeff Kaplan introduces Overwatch’s 25th hero, DOOMFIST.

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He provides some insight into his back story, abilities, and overall strategy. Doomfist is currently available for testing on the PTR.

00:08 – Doomfist Introduction
00:36 – Talon’s Hierarchy & Doomfist’s World View
02:03 – Jeff breaks down Doomfist’s abilities and play-style
04:46 – Doomfist’s Ultimate Ability explained
05:37 – Doomfist’s Passive Ability explained
06:45 – Jeff recaps the journey that led to this new hero

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Game Director Jeff Kaplan introduces Overwatch’s 24th hero, Orisa.

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He provides some insight into her back story, abilities, and overall strategy. Orisa is currently available for testing on the PTR.

Learn more about Orisa: http://blizz.ly/Orisa
Read the PTR patch notes: http://blizz.ly/2mQ0WqI

0:16 – Jeff introduces Overwatch’s new and 24th hero, Orisa
2:29 – Efi Oladele and her product of hope
3:45 – Orisa’s game mechanics and abilities
6:22 – The significance of Orisa’s Protective Barrier
7:21 – Orisa’s Ultimate Ability, the Supercharger
8:11 – Why is the Overwatch team adding another tank hero to the game?
10:38 – Heroes are being adjusted to be more effective against barriers from opposing heroes (i.e. Orisa’s Protective Barrier)
11:12 – Reasons why the developers were inspired by Orisa
12:23 – Jeff welcomes the community to share their feedback on this new hero and thanks the Overwatch community

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Game director Jeff Kaplan chats about Overwatch’s upcoming server browser feature.
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He details changes being made to Custom Games and discusses the future of Capture the Flag. Play the PTR: http://blizz.ly/2kKyjOb

0:18 Jeff reveals Overwatch’s newest upcoming feature, the Server Browser
2:02 Jeff explains the team’s philosophy on bringing the Server Browser to Custom Games
2:54 What are major updates coming to Custom Games?
3:26 Capture the Flag will now be a permanent game mode accessible in Custom Game
4:04 Jeff outlines a handful of new options players will be able to customize when they play Custom Game
7:22 Future iterations and more customization settings will be implemented as we progress with your feedback
8:48 Jeff says thanks the community and encourages players to continue sharing their feedback on the PTR

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Game director Jeff Kaplan talks about Overwatch’s newest hero, Ana, and shares the team’s thought process behind recent changes to hero limits and hero balance in the latest patch. ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Use of Tobacco, Violence.

0:04 – Welcome from Jeff Kaplan
0:10 – Introducing Ana
0:55 – The philosophy behind Ana’s design
5:09 – Balance adjustments on Zenyatta
5:55 – Balance adjustments on D.Va
7:05 – Balance adjustments on Mercy
7:54 – Potential future adjustments for McCree
8:22 – A brief explanation of the development team’s decision-making process
8:55 – Hero limits on Competitive Play
11:30 – Your feedback is affecting Overwatch

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Game director Jeff Kaplan discusses Overwatch’s upcoming Competitive Play mode.

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Jeff gives players an overview of how it works and details development changes made since the beta based on player feedback. He also addresses several goals that Overwatch’s developers have for the system in the future.

0:04 – Heartfelt thanks from Jeff
0:33 – Tease of upcoming features (beyond Competitive Play)
1:06 – Short overview of Competitive Play’s main features
2:21 – What’s changed with the feature since Closed Beta?

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