CAPTURE THE FLAG UPDATES - February 8, 2018

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Hi everyone,

The Lunar New Year 2018 festivities are in full swing which means Capture the Flag is back in action and even sports a brand-new competitive mode. We’ve taken last year’s feedback and made several updates to the game mode so it’s more fun than ever.

RULE CHANGES
  • Flag pickup is instant
  • Flag cannot be picked up for 5 seconds after dropped
  • Flag return is 4 seconds
    • Flag return does not stop when taking damage
  • Match length is 8 minutes
  • After scoring, the flag takes 15 seconds to respawn
  • Restricted abilities drop the flag (specific hero skills)

Our biggest change is defining a new category of restricted abilities. Abilities that drop the flag encourage more teamwork to win which should ultimately make matches more exciting.

RESTRICTED ABILITIES:
  • Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, Seismic Slam, Rising Uppercut, Rocket Punch
  • Genji’s Swift Strike
  • Pharah’s Jump Jet, Concussive Blast’s recoil (when used on yourself)
  • Reaper’s Shadowstep, Wraith Form
  • Soldier: 76’s Sprint
  • Sombra’s Stealth, Translocator
  • Tracer’s Blink, Recall
  • Junkrat’s Concussion Mine (when used on yourself)
  • Mei’s Cryo-freeze
  • Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook
  • D.Va’s Boosters, Self-Destruct (D.Va will also drop the flag if her mech is destroyed)
  • Reinhardt’s Charge
  • Winston’s Jump Pack, Primal Rage
  • Lucio’s Amp It Up, Crossfade’s speed boost
  • Mercy’s Valkyrie, Guardian Angel
  • Moira’s Fade, Coalescence
  • Zenyatta’s Transcendence

Last year, Capture the Flag matches could end in a draw which we felt could make the energy of the match fall flat. To that point we’ve added Sudden Death which should make games gripping to the last second.

SUDDEN DEATH ADDED
  • Matches no longer end in a draw
  • When time runs out, a new round is started and flags are moved closer to the center of the map
  • The first team to score wins

In addition to the game play changes, we’ve polished the ambiance of the brawl with touches including special music that plays when you carry the flag, team-colored flag status messages, and more. We hope you enjoy these changes and have a happy Lunar New Year!

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