Between every professional player and the "normal people" who underlie every major esports game, there is a push and a pull, a delicate dance of priorities. And if this balance is struck as wrong as in the case of Overwatch League Stage 4? Then nobody is happy.
After the showdown between the Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior last weekend Overwatch League is back in hibernation and the fans have little to do but scream online. And screaming they have – though this time they also direct some of their pent up sports feelings to the league itself. The OWL will update their version of the game to new heroine Brigitte for level 4, but will not bring a recent update that generated Brigitte and turned Hanzo into a credible threat.
The word of this decision came first from Dallas Fuel player Brandon "Seagull" Larned, who during a torrent said that Hanzos is much reviled, gratefully replacing Streupfeil's ability to be part of Tier 4 despite all the fanfare surrounding his overhaul , Overwatch League analyst Josh "sideshow" Wilkinson confirmed this later in his own stream.
While the lack of a single patch might not be the biggest deal at first glance, the potential is huge. Branches are as wide and wide as a bunch of scattered arrows. Brigitte, the newly baptized Queen of Stunners, is expected to be at the heart of Stage 4 metamorphosis. Many felt like OP against tanks when they came to Overwatch 's competitive mode earlier this month, and OWL fans voiced the faintest fear that they would have a necessary selection in professional matches at the Point would bring that there would be little variety, and thanks to all their actions – holding stuns, even less excitement. However, they were hopeful that some smaller Nerfs and the imminent danger of a turbocharged Hanzo would be at least part of the way to balance things.
"The new Hanzo has the potential to offer new skillful ways and comes Brigitte with a nerf," wrote a fan named Worthlessthoughts on Reddit in response to the Tier 4 patch decision. "Part of the audience hates Brigitte and would like to have everything that could limit her use, and Hanzo could be fun with his new move. "
Overwatch The league has patches that do not match those of which the players have often had access to in the past, most notorious during the days that followed the great Mercy nerf earlier this year. However, this situation is a little different. Many OWL viewers point out the curious fact that Brigitte only spent a handful of days in contention mode Overwatch – the patch testing ground before entering OWL's big stage – before the Hanzo patch went live and trembling things again on. It is a version of Overwatch nobody can get involved with. Whatever new metas appear in the league may not look like normal players do.
"Has not this patch been in 3 days or so?" Asked Jayne, Overwatch streamer, who specializes in analyzing OWL games during a recent stream. "Why should I care about this patch? I'm so close to just doing something else in my stream except analyzing Overwatch League Stage 4."
Other, such as Overwatch League Caster and Analyst Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles has countered that this is the case with major game developers and official Esports leagues. "This prevents bugs and balance problems from ruining professional games" said Monte . "There is no world where OWL immediately uses the live patch."
Nevertheless, OWL has chosen an awkward location to open a complete stage. Fans are so angry that they ask Blizzard to change their mind and use a patch that's even a little bit newer. To date, the petition has more than 6,000 signatures.
Despite the indignation, there is a big chance that if the 4th stage crashes into the city next week, everything will go as normal.
 "The vast majority of viewers will not care" said a fan named Isord. "We had a break between Instant Rez Mercy and Frozen Mercy, we had one for Brigitte that went live, we had one for Blizzard World, it's a big non-issue outside of a relatively small niche."
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