Have Fun in the Sun with New Game Mode for Overwatch 2 Summer Games 2023

Winston's Beach Volleyball Blizzard

Overwatch 2 Summer Games 2023 is now live! This annual affair brings back the very popular Lúcioball. However, it also introduces a new game mode that allows you to have fun in the sun!

Volleyball Overwatch Style

The new game mode in question is called Winston's Beach Volleyball. This is a 3v3 brawl where your summer-themed hero bounces a giant volleyball to the opponent's side of the field. This is the game's take on the popular sport, albeit playing with your favorite Overwatch heroes!

Aside from Winston's Beach Volleyball, Lúcioball and Lúcioball Remix are back! For those who don't know, Lúcioball is a game mode where two teams of Lúcio players will do their best to score a goal, with rules similar to traditional football except more exciting! If you are new, get acquainted with Lúcioball first. Then, if you need more fun and excitement, you can amp up the experience by playing Lúcioball Remix. In this version, instead of playing with only one giant ball, there are three balls flying around the arena!

Lúcioball Blizzard

Here Comes Team Queue

After playing the summer-themed games, you might want to try the new competitive mode in Overwatch 2: Team Queue. As the name implies, this mode allows a full group of five to queue at the same time. So, if you want to party up with four of your mates, this is the competitive mode for you!

Before you team up, though, here are the things you need to keep in mind:

  • Team Queue has no ranking restrictions and will be available through the end of Season 5
  • Players can group up regardless of how far apart they are in rank.
  • Grandmaster players can play, even with up to four other Grandmaster players.
  • Team Queue is limited to 1 Tank, 2 Damage, and 2 Support.
  • Players do not queue for specific roles, instead choosing their roles within each match.
  • Platform pool restrictions remain, meaning players on console must still only group up with other players on console, not those on PC.
Team Queue Blizzard

On Fire Adjustments

In case you didn't know, Blizzard implemented the "On Fire" system to Overwatch 2 a month ago. This is a mechanic from the original game where your character's portrait will be engulfed in flames when you do certain things, like rack up some kills, deal considerable amounts of damage, and capture objectives, among others.

Anyway, the company made adjustments to the said mechanic in the recent update, such as:

  • On Fire and Blazing are more difficult to attain early in a round.
  • On Fire's cooldown reduced to 3 seconds. This should prevent most of the cases where a hero gained On Fire with a delay after a positive contribution.
  • On Fire score decays slightly more quickly when a hero is not On Fire.
  • Maintaining On Fire for long periods of time is more difficult.
  • Fixed a bug that caused players to gain On Fire at the start of a new round in Competitive Play when playing any game mode or in Quick Play when playing Control.

So, will you play Winston's Beach Volleyball in Overwatch 2 soon?

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