“Avoid as Teammate” option to create friendlier and more positive Overwatch experience

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The new tool is being tested out on the Overwatch PTR and should roll out to everyone at some point.

At this point, those of us who play are used to playing Overwatch and having that one teammate that is causing problems for the rest of the team while you and everyone else are trying to play seriously. Today, Blizzard is helping players out by creating a more friendly and positive experience when playing Overwatch.

Game Developer Scott Mercer explains in a bit more detail on how the new avoid as teammate option will work. In a nutshell, the player will be avoided in your matches for one week because of their actions. On the other hand, Scott also talked about what doesn’t count for someone on your team is being toxic and should be avoided.

If you use the ‘Avoid as Teammate’ option on a player, that action is will be effective in the next match. The matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. Sometimes you don’t want to play with someone as a teammate because you disagree with their playstyle or hero choice. Sometimes your personalities or communication style simply clash. These can happen without either party being toxic.

The new tool is being tested out on the Overwatch PTR, so sooner or later this option will be implemented into everyone’s game so players can avoid losing matches thanks to someone who is causing people to have a bad gameplay experience.

What are your guys thoughts about Blizzard finally adding in an “Avoid as Teammate” option for players? Let us know by leaving your comments down below, or on Google+, Facebook, Twitter.

  Source: Blizzard forums
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