After a tricky situation in the Overwatch League, Blizzard might have taken action.

13:06, 27 Apr 2021

That was quick, or was it? According to the Public Test Realm patch notes from April 26, Blizzard Entertainment might have gotten rid of an arch location that had caused some controversy in the Overwatch League. If true, the fix would've been one of the quickest turnarounds on a rule ambiguity, ripping the issue of a potential rule violation out by the root.

In the match between the Houston Outlaws and the San Francisco Shock, Nam-joo "Striker" Kwon had been boosted up to a ledge location over the archway to the side entrance point of Oasis - Gardens, hiding above the heads of his awaiting opponents on McCree. As the unsuspecting Outlaws team entered the hallway in an important moment of the match, Striker used his flashbang on unaware Outlaws main tank Myung-heum "JJANGGU" Cho, who promptly got shattered by Matthew "super" DeLisi, causing the Outlaws to lose the fight on the back of Striker's sneaky position. While the Outlaws managed to secure the series, the situation sparked some discussion within the Overwatch community around the consistency and transparency of rules in regards to inaccessible map locations and even the wider rulebook at large.

As GGRecon had reported, some members of Overwatch League teams had considered the position a rule violation based on the league's ruleset and previous precedents in regards to questionable map positions. Moreover, the staffers had shared a sense of confusion about Overwatch League's rules and their interpretation in regards to the map locations players were allowed to utilise.

Perhaps at least the issue with this specific map location on Oasis could've been fixed. In the public PTR patch notes, the following changes are noted:


Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand in an unintended location

While the wording seems to indirectly refer to the location used by Striker, as of the time of writing the spot remains accessible for flying heroes or those jumping upon the high ground location using Mei's Ice Wall even on the PTR. If the fix was to eventually be implemented, it would be one of the fastest developer-related turnarounds on an Overwatch League related issue in the game's competitive history. 

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