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Overwatch 2 removes second tank slot for 5v5 PvP transition

10:50 AM May 21, 2021

The Overwatch team gave players a first look at PvP changes coming to Overwatch 2 in a special live stream held on Twitch and Youtube earlier today. The most notable change? Overwatch PvP will be transitioning from 6v6 play to 5v5, removing a tank slot in the process.

Overwatch game director Aaron Keller explains that the team has always wanted to make “combat easy to read and understandable,” and that “removing [two players] simplifies everything as and it allows players to understand everything that’s happening around them and make better choices because of it.”

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For this change to happen, tank mains will draw the shorter end of the stick.

The developers further explained that the change sought to change the core of current Overwatch combat that relied too much on tanks. One less tank meant players will be incentivized to do things other than just keeping their tanks alive and instead come up with creative ways to flank and take objectives.

It’s a big change that was met with harsh criticism from the community but with Overwatch 2’s release date yet to be announced, the words “it’s too soon to tell,” will echo on for much longer.

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