Tensions continue to rise as both fans and pro players have stated their hatred for the infamous Goats composition on numerous occasions. Despite Blizzard’s best efforts, the strategy continues to be the most dominant choice in the Overwatch League.
It has gotten to the point where the crowds have started audibly voicing their disapproval of the meta, something that has never happened before in the history of Overwatch. Fans got excited to see some DPS action during a match between the Excelsior and the Outlaws. However, Houston quickly changed back to Goats after they saw what they were up against, which disappointed the audience immensely. Even some of the commentators during Contenders have expressed dissatisfaction with the popular strategy.
Players have recently created a theory that the League’s casters are actively discouraged to call the composition with its name as a possible way for Blizzard to avoid criticism on their balancing. Former Overwatch pro player Brandon “Seagull” Larned addressed this notion on one of his streams.
The hatred for the composition has reached new highs, with Brigitte’s voice actor Matila Smedius publicly making a statement on her Twitter, after being harassed by players, that she is not responsible for any design choices.
One can say that the fans have taken things too far since the voice actor of the hero has absolutely nothing to do with balance decisions. But it also sets a precedent – no other strategy in the game has received so much negativity. Despite Jeff’s response and the recent balance changes, the composition continues to be prominent in most ranks. Previously, Justin “Jayne” Conroy made a hypothesis that the popular strategy would disappear gradually over time.
So far, this doesn’t seem to be the case as nearly every Overwatch team has employed it to some capacity in their matches. It’s also quite prevalent in the regular competitive tiers within the game. Many players feel that the game balancing is in dire need of some help, with the majority of the roster, namely all DPS heroes, being rendered completely useless.
Additionally, former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Michael “shroud” Grzesiek had something to say about it, raising even more controversy in the process.
Blizzard will eventually need to respond to all of the criticism as the pressure from various sides continues to rise.
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