Over 8,000 angry Overwatch fans sign a petition for the reworked Hanzo to be included in Overwatch League Stage 4
- The patch planned for Overwatch League Stage 4 was only live for two days
- This patch was before Hanzo had his rework released which was back on May 3
- That also means that Brigitte will be playable but before she received any nerfs
Overwatch fans have been left outraged after news spread that Stage 4 of the Overwatch League will be played on an old patch which was implemented before the game made some fairly significant changes.
The most notable of those missing changes is the Hanzo rework, removing his incredibly frustrating Scatter Arrow move. Dallas Fuel player Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned, who is a keen Hanzo player, leaked the news before OWL analyst Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson.
Over 8,000 fans have petitioned for Stage 4, which begins May 17 and culminates June 17, to be played on the most recent patch rather than one which is already outdated.
Fans have petitioned for Overwatch League Stage 4 to be played on Hanzo’s rework patch
One change that would be included for Stage 4 is Overwatch’s latest character, Brigitte. The tanky support hero is meta changing as she finally gives teams a better option against dive compositions.
However, the planned patch for Stage 4 was before Brigitte received any of her much-needed nerfs. The biggest nerf was one that reduced the size of her Shield Bash’s hitbox – something which could have a massive impact at the highest level of play.
According to reports by Inven, Overwatch League players and coaches argued internally for the Shield Bash changes to be included in Stage 4 after Blizzard asked for feedback on the hero.
Andy, who started the petition, is furious at the idea of having to spend a month watching outdated play: ‘As it stands right now, the entirety of Stage 4 of the Overwatch League will be played on a patch that was live for just two days.
‘It’s going to be a huge disconnect for the viewers when they see a Hanzo scatter arrow weeks after it had been changed. I want to see pros playing the same game that I’m playing, not the game from two months ago.’
For now, it appears we will have to wait at least a month for the Playoffs before we possibly see the new Hanzo played at a professional level.
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