The Experimental Card enables the Overwatch team to test out changes that are outside the scheduled patch cycle. This gives us a lot of creative freedom while not having to worry about completely shocking the retail game. We thought it would be a brilliant idea to extend that same creative freedom directly to our content creators and community.
What an interesting hypothesis.
Everyone is invited to check out our newest Creator Experimental Card beginning November 30, 2021, featuring over-the-top balance ideas coming directly from Overwatch content creators. Each of the following creators will submit wild, whimsical and, dare we say, wacky changes for any of the heroes within their role:
We are also teaming up with these creators to bring you a new competitive community tournament: Overwatch Flash Ops: Experimental Card Creator Cup. The Creator Cup will be played on this special version of the Creator Experimental Card. All maps will be playable in the tournament except for Paris, and the format will be 9 rounds of single elimination.
Anyone can read the rules or sign-up on the Overwatch Flash Ops: Experimental Card Creator Cup page. Join other competitors in your region to compete for Experimental glory (and a modest cash prize):
- 1st Place: $5,000
- 2nd Place: $2,200
- 3rd Place: $1,400
- 4th Place: $1,400
- EMEA & ANZ each:
- 1st Place: $4,500
- 2nd Place: $2,500
Sign-ups will start on November 29, and they will close on December 9 at 9:00am PST. The tournament schedule will be:
- Dec 10 (5:00pm-6:00pm PST)
- Dec 11 (1:00pm-4:00pm PST)
- Dev 12 (1:00pm-3:00pm PST)
You can find the notes for the Creator Experimental Card when the patch goes live. The balance changes we see in this update are not going to be implemented into the retail version of the game. However, make sure to jump into the game mode as soon as possible to train for the Creator Cup!
Good luck and have fun!