Overwatch is finally letting you block toxic jerks from your matches


There’s very little more infuriating about reporting someone for being toxic, putting him on your mute list, and then finding that same jerk in your very next match. Blizzard’s very likely going to let you fix that in Overwatch, according to the game’s latest test notes and dev vlog from your friend Jeff from the Overwatch team.

“Players can choose to ‘Avoid as Teammate’ with a dropdown menu in the Career Profile,” Blizzard writes. “The addition of the ‘Avoid as Teammate’ option gives players the ability to craft their online gameplay experience. Up to two players can be selected with this feature. If you use the ‘Avoid as Teammate’ option on a player, the matchmaker will no longer place you on a team with the avoided player for one week. To learn more about this feature, click here.”

It does mean than queue times at the top of the ladder in small regions off-hours may increase, hence the limitation to two per week. The report menu is also getting an update, with clearer terminology.

“Due to player confusion about the most appropriate category to report players for poor or toxic gameplay, we are removing the Poor Teamwork option from the reporting system. Players should instead use the Gameplay Sabotage option when players actively harass or disrupt their own team with game mechanics or their actions. Players should not be reported simply for performing poorly, since everyone occasionally has a bad game.”

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