New Overwatch Update Makes Post-Matches Friendlier; Full Patch Notes Released

All the best heroes get endorsements these days.

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The new version 1.25 update for Overwatch makes matches a friendlier place, along with a spate of balance changes and other tweaks. The biggest change comes in the form of Endorsements, a tool you can use after a match to recognize fellow players for their good teamwork, sportsmanship, and shot-calling. You can also endorse players from the opposing team for sportsmanship.

The incentives to embrace the endorsement system work both ways. Endorsing other players gets you bonus XP, and the more endorsements you get from other players, the higher your Endorsement Level will rise. You can get up to level 5, and claim rewards based on your level.

Other changes include more custom Looking For Group perimeters that let you pick among roles and team compositions, and even the new endorsement level. Career profiles also receive some new privacy settings.

Finally, Offense and Defense hero roles have been merged into a single "Damage" category. The patch notes mention a wide variety of balance changes, but the most come to Symmetra, who is now part of the new Damage role. That includes a new primary and secondary attack, new abilities, and a new Ultimate. It's quite the overhaul.

"The goal of these changes is to move Symmetra to her new damage role and make her more flexible and viable across more areas of the game than she was previously," said a note of developer commentary in the update. "Now that Symmetra is no longer a support hero, she is expected to be able to dish out heavy damage, and these changes allow for her to do so. She should be more powerful and interesting in more team compositions and maps, and she should also be stronger on offense and defense."

Meanwhile, Blizzard has revealed yet another new hero for the long-running hero shooter. All we initially had to go on was a suspicious-looking boulder, which very well could fit nicely into the new Damage character category.

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Will you endorse everyone to get more XP?

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But can you still be banned for playing your main?

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Lots of people are gunning for those endorsements and I don't really care if they're being pretend-nice...it makes for a lot better experience. Also, being stuck as a healer is not so bad when I'm getting 4-5 endorsements every game. Quite happy with the system other than the fact that there's no endorsements in arcade mode which is the mode I play the most...feels so arbitrary.

As far as the LFG tool goes, I was expecting to select what I wanted and the system would find me a game. Instead there's a huge list of games and I have to scroll through until I find what I want...better than nothing but far from what I'd like to see. (EDIT: The filter button does help quite a bit in reducing the list but new games open up and get filled really quickly though, so you gotta be quick)

Not sure what to think of Symm, she needed work but this is a major character shift...also, now that she can shoot out her turrets that keep flying until they hit a wall she can just shoot a barrage of turrets that will hit the wall behind the supports and bun down the healers...my poor Mercy...

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@korvus: Haven't updated or played yet, but LFG sounds weird, almost like a custom game search.

New Sym is way too OP, you basically need a tank at the back just to protect the supports from the flying turrets, it kinda defeats the purpose of a tank.

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@GTR12: That's exactly what it is. I'd rather just queue normally with a few specifications rather than having to create games or waiting until someone does.

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@korvus: Just played a few games and yeah its weird, I'm back to queuing normally, played about 10 games and spent about 45 mins skirmishing cos 6 stacks have trouble finding gammmmmes lol.

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@GTR12: That's always been the case though. The bigger the group the slower the matchup.

Still, even when I end up having to heal or tank anyway I'm not dealing with healing 5 dps and getting steamrolled. Plus, anyone who does spend time in LFG tends to (in my limited 2 day experience) give a damn about the game and is more likely to have a mic, shot call and follow directions properly. Downside? Matchmaking is a bit whack...premades tend to fight other premades and when you run smack into an all gold-border team while your own group was accepting all levels...you're gonna hurt...

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@korvus: I thought it would help but yeah its a tad annoying running into a group where they are all equal and your team is mashed up.

On the other hand, I love endorsements, cant be better.