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Blizzard releases first cryptic hint for Overwatch Archives 2019

Published: 7/Apr/2019 17:00 Updated: 7/Apr/2019 17:08

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard seems to have released the first clue for this year’s Archives 2019 event on Sunday, April 7, and it looks like the Overwatch team could be headed to the Caribbean.

Archives is an Overwatch seasonal event that gives players a PvE mission based on Overwatch lore, like Uprising from 2017 and Retribution in 2018.

On Sunday Overwatch tweeted out a link to a fictitious newspaper story from Havana, Cuba, which could be a hint for the next new PvE mode’s setting.

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What’s the newspaper say?

The story has to do with a family who were forced to sell their small rum distillery to an “anonymous financial group” – we’re not naming any names, but this seems like it has “Talon” written all over it.

Besides the distillery, the story also mentions the historic Havana Sea Fort as also being purchased by the same anonymous financial group and turned into private property.

There’s also a story about a hurricane about to hit Cuba after the main feature on Don Rumbotico, so the Archives missions could take place during a crazy storm.

Overwatch doesn’t have a Havana map yet, so Blizzard could be teasing an entire new map for players as part of the event as well.

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What does it all mean?

The stories definitely set the stage for more hints and reveals in the days leading up to the beginning of the event, which according to leaks should begin on Tuesday, April 16.

We still don’t have any idea what kind of map “Havana” will be; it mentions multiple locations, like the distillery and Sea Fort, that could indicate a King of the Hill map set, but if we look at previous Archives events, they’ve used longer hybrid/escort maps like Rialto and King’s row to make the PvE missions.

Cuba is an interesting choice, and it fits with Overwatch’s newest hero, Baptiste, who is from Haiti. Cuba and Haiti are different countries, obviously, but they’re both on islands in the Caribbean.

New Overwatch maps are usually released about every four months, in between new hero releases, but it seems like Blizzard may be giving Overwatch players an extra map to celebrate this year’s Archives event.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.