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Blizzard debuts new Overwatch animated short ‘Reunion’ at BlizzCon

Published: 2/Nov/2018 19:04 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 20:20

by Wyatt Donigan

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Overewatch released a new cinematic short featuring McCree and new hero, Ashe, on Route 66 at BlizzCon during the opening ceremonies.

Blizzard is known for their incredible cinematics and they’ve always brought out their best when it comes to Overwatch. 

At this year’s BlizzCon, they brought along yet another amazing cinematic that not only provided some key bits of lore but gave us our first look at the newest hero, Ashe

The short opens up with a shot of the diner on Route: 66 as McCree is eating a slice of pie and drinking some coffee. 

As he sits there enjoying his breakfast, a loud crash is heard outside as a train is derailed and ends up crashing right outside the diner, showing us exactly how the map ended up the way we see it in-game today. 

What transpires next is another instance of Blizzard’s great cinematic team at work as McCree goes to battle with the bandit crew called ‘Deadlock,’ who are led by Ashe, the newest DPS hero to be introduced to the game. 

After McCree manages to dispatch the entire group, he has a quick chat with Echo, a cyborg that was being housed inside a pod on the Payload and looked to be the reason why Ashe and her crew were ambushing the area.

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Before heading off, McCree says “Say hi to the monkey for me,” of course referring to Winston and also hinting at Echo being the next hero to join the Overwatch roster at some point in the future. 

While we’ve got no idea what’s up with Echo or how long it’ll be until we can try out Ashe on the PTR, but we did finally see why there was a derailed train on Route: 66. 

For more on everything Overwatch related that Blizzard announced at BlizzCon, be sure to check out our official hub

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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.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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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.