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Baptiste guide: How to use Overwatch’s new hero in competitive play

Published: 3/Apr/2019 14:17 Updated: 3/Apr/2019 14:57

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch hero 30, the support Baptiste, is now available in the game’s ranked competitive playlist.

Baptiste is the latest hero to join the Overwatch roster, bringing the total number of playable characters up to 30.

Full name Jean-Baptiste Augustin, Baptiste is a combat medic who abandoned Talon, the shadowy terrorist organization featuring the likes of Reaper, Widowmaker and Doomfist, after realizing exactly what Talon were asking of him. Instead, he’s struck out on his own in an effort to make the world a better place.

Baptiste was released onto the live servers on March 19, but was held back from competitive play for a few weeks to give players a chance to get to know him before he appeared in higher-stakes matches.

Now, however, Baptiste has been added to competitive play. If you still haven’t had time to get to grips with the new hero, here’s everything you need to know about the combat medic.

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What are Baptiste’s abilities?

Naturally, the most important aspect of a hero is their kit, and Baptiste’s has some interesting offers. A support with mechanical demands more typical of a DPS, Baptiste is ideal for those players who want to expand their hero pool with a support that has a high skill ceiling, though he doesn’t require quite as much precision as the likes of Ana.

Primary weapon – Biotic Launcher

Baptiste’s weapon introduces a brand-new archetype in the form of a burst rifle for its primary fire, which allows Baptiste to contribute to the team’s damage, but it’s his alternate fire that players should be focusing on the most.

The biotic grenades Baptiste’s weapon fires are his primary source of healing, replenishing 60 health to each hero within a 3-meter radius of where the grenades land. The healing grenades don’t self-heal, and they’ll also pass through full-health teammates, so you don’t have to worry about the trajectory being blocked by allies that won’t benefit from the heal – although you’ll still have to aim carefully if you’re targeting a specific hero.

While the biotic grenades should be the focus of any Baptiste player, it is possible to alternate between the two modes of fire without losing output on either of them, so there’s no hard in firing off some rifle bursts between grenade rounds.

Passive – Exo Boots

To aid Baptiste’s mobility, he has Exo Boots that allow him to jump higher than he otherwise would. In order to activate the boost, he must crouch before jumping, which also means he can do a standard jump when more appropriate.

In order for the boots to “charge” to the point at which the maximum boost is applied, Baptiste must remain crouched for one second. This charge will also last for one second after crouch is released, although if players wish to cancel it more quickly they can do so by crouching again.

Regenerative Burst

Baptiste’s Regenerative Burst applies a heal to himself and teammates within a 10 meter radius. While the ability does a total of 150 healing, it’s applied at 30 health per second over five seconds.

As a result, it’s more of a complimentary ability to keep Baptiste and nearby allies topped up without having to redirect his aim, or to maximize his healing-per-second in a big team-fight. Low-health heroes won’t necessarily be saved by it if they’re being targeted, as it’s not too hard for enemies to out-damage the healing from Regenerative Burst.

It’s also Baptiste’s only source of self-healing as his Biotic Launcher grenades don’t affect him, so be careful not to use it unnecessarily as you’re more vulnerable when it’s on cooldown.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste’s Regenerative Boost applies a heal-over-time to himself and nearby allies.

Immortality Field

Arguably Baptiste’s signature ability, Immortality Field is totally unique in Overwatch. Friendly players within its radius radius cannot take damage beneath 20% of their health, and players who are already beneath 20% health will be healed to 20% upon entering it.

The Immortality Field lasts 8 seconds by default, but it’s created by a generator that has 250 health and can be destroyed by the enemy. As such, considering its placement is key in getting the most out of the ability, as a vulnerable generator will be taken out quickly.

While it’s no longer possible to totally hide the generator by placing it under a payload, for instance, it’s worth keeping an eye out for places it could be concealed – either by teammates barriers or the environment itself.

Ultimate – Amplification Matrix

Unsurprisingly, the most powerful element of Baptiste’s kit is his ultimate, Amplification Matrix, which increases the damage and healing of almost all friendly abilities passing through it by a massive 100%.

The only exceptions to this boost are “beam” weapons like Zarya’s primary fire, targeted abilities like Mercy’s Caduceus Staff, and “melee” projectiles like Brigitte’s Whip Shot or Roadhog’s Chain Hook.

While damage and healing boosts aren’t unique in Overwatch, Amplification Matrix is the most powerful. It does, however, require careful consideration about positioning, as projectiles must pass through it in order to receive the benefit.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste’s Amplification Matrix boosts abilities that travel through it.

What compositions does Baptiste work in?

It’s still fairly early in Baptiste’s time in Overwatch and he’s yet to appear in the highest level of play, the Overwatch League, so a definitive meta including Baptiste has yet to become clear.

One option for using Baptiste that has proven powerful, however, is to combine him with other heroes that offer a damage boost – such as the damage beam from Mercy’s Caduceus Staff, Orisa’s Supercharger, or Ana’s nano-boost – to set up a single, devastating attack when used alongside Baptiste’s Amplification Matrix, ideally with a hero like Soldier: 76 who can use the opportunity to pump out consistent damage.

Baptiste will be enabled in Stage 2 of the Overwatch League, which kicks off on April 4, so fans will soon get a chance to see how the world’s best players make use of the new hero.

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.