Experiment time?

How long are these cards expected to be up for data collection?

Will this vary across experiments?

Edit: I’m not talkin 321 specifically, but the card forms in general… what can we expect from this card in the future? How should players plan around it?


I would assume the week. But I have not really heard.

I remember reading that they plan to change them every week or so.
Ofc if they do live tweaks I’d expect them to stick around longer to allow the new values to collect data.

possibly, though I would think that if this WERE to come, jeff said that a lot more would need to be changed

Oh, I doubt this is coming anytime soon if they do decide to launch it. I think it was to just give us a taste of solo tanking role lock. But yeah, the whole game would need to change, basically. Hence why it would likely come for Overwatch 2, if at all.

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i mean, it took them roughly a week to get the changes for the tanks they did change for this mode done, so they would have to change even more, rouhg probably a month and a half to get it all ready

I guess that seems like a lot to me. I thought it would be more rare

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These like big shake ups probably will only happen every couple of weeks/months.

I’m betting most of Experimental will consist of balance/interaction tweaks or rebuilds that Blizz isn’t 100% about pushing live. I’d expect any future iterations of like Mass Rez, Torb Armor, Symm’s everything, Sombra ect to go there first.

I mean, that’s definitely something I find interesting but , is it only for big things? Major concepts?

And again, I’m wondering about time because a week isn’t that long for most players including kids. It’s easy to say “adults” who work, but kids have school, clubs, sports…

A week isn’t that much time. Will they always announce the card in a video update? How long before?

I wish I had the answers my guy.
Then I’d know if I can play a different game or if the few hours I get should go to Experimental mode if it interests me.

I hope we see things from “we know this hero needs changes so how bout these” to “how about adding two players to the team, try 8v8” and “hey, new arcade mode/ changes to existing arcade mode” but I ain’t the dev team nor do I have insider info.

We’ve got to wait and see unfortunately.

I hope they eventually split it into arcade style cards. If they only had one experiment running at a time, itd be a shame.

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Oh for sure. Im like… “Asking” as in… These are questions we should be asking.

Everyone is really caught up in the experiment itself, every thread is about … 321.

But I am taking the face Value of “experimental” to what Jeff said. I don’t think owl is gonna face a 321 overhaul overnight, ya know?

But… The experimental card is a new thing. This card is meant to be a long lasting addition. So… I think we need to ask these questions and not just…fantasize about what we want to see, so much as decide on how we want to :sparkles:do :sparkles:

We’'ll probably leave this up for a few days. A week at most. We want to cover a few “prime times” in each region as it will help with data collection. For example, at the time that I am posting this it is prime time on the east coast in the US.

Once the card comes down, the next changes coming to it will most likely be balance changes (things as extreme as 3-2-1 will be rare). I would expect the card to come up “every few weeks” and stay up for a few days, if that answers the question.

A bit confusing… but the PTR will also be coming up, possibly even during the duration of this current experiment. There are certain things that can only be tested on PTR and cannot be tested in an experiment. For example, if we wanted to make a change to Mei’s Ice Wall collision we would need a PTR for that. Purely random example… um yeah.


Thank you for the clarification, and giving your time to talk with us.

Can we expect changes and testing for heroes such as Bastion to come to the experimental card?

(Heroes who feel really really poor to play in the regular modes as of current.)


No. Mostly the card will just appear with little to no warning and won’t get a developer update.


Jeff I love playing tank again. You brought the power fantasy aspect back. I can’t go back to 222 as a tank


Oh, fair!
I really want the devs to use it a lot, for serious and fun stuff.

I’ve always wanted PTR for console and this is as close as I’ll get, and I really want it to be more than a waste of menu space.


Jeff, what’s about random match SetUps, the match says a random SetUp like: 2-2-2 or 4-1-1 or 0-0-6 and both teams have to play like this.

Love it. Log in an bam!, crazy new gamemode to play.

Any chance you could do this with the arcade?

Only a few days? Nooooo. I’m having so much fun playing it, I’m going to miss it so much when it goes away.