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Blizzard working on fix for obnoxious Overwatch 2 notification

Published: 6/Nov/2019 21:58 Updated: 6/Nov/2019 22:17

by Bill Cooney


Blizzard is celebrating it’s Overwatch 2 announcement from BlizzCon with a notification on Overwatch’s main menu, but it’s slowly getting on player’s nerves.

Overwatch 2 was the big reveal at BlizzCon 2019 and it seems like everyone’s excited to see all that the next chapter of the game has in store.

Blizzard seems excited too, and put a new notification on Overatch’s main menu to share the announcement with everyone playing the game – but it seems to be rubbing some players the wrong way.

Overwatch players want the dings to end

A good number of players have complained about the main menu notification, whic makes a dinging or pinging sound whenever you access the menu.

“I love overwatch, I love overwatch 2, but hearing that “brring” every single time that I access the main menu is incredibly annoying,” Reddit user sufijo wrote in a post. “I can’t be the only one thinking this way. Is there any way to disable that?”

Blizzard EntertainmentThe notification appears in the bottom right corner along with a little ping.

In response to sufijo’s question, Overwatch’s lead software engineer Bill Warnecke reassured players it wouldn’t be around forever.

“Hey there we’re looking at a client only patch to turn down this sound,” Warnecke said on Reddit. “But even if we’re not able to get that out the Overwatch 2 notification is only up for a week.”

So, those of you that are being driven crazy by the notification on the main menu won’t have to suffer for too much longer, but in the meantime, a tactical post-match headset removal is probably your best strategy until it’s gone.

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch 2’s release date is unknown, but at least the notification won’t be around until then.

Jeff teases more features coming to Overwatch 2

In a recent video from Overwatch YouTuber samito, Jeff Kaplan joins him at the BlizzCon Demo booth to talk about new features possibly coming to the expansion, including an Apex Legends-like ping system.

“We have a fantastic lead UI (user interface), designer. His name is Junho Kim,” Kaplan said. “And he was talking to me last week that he wants to do experiments again with a ping system.” 

“Expect experimentation from us,” he continued. “We’ll see whether it sees the light of day or not.” 

Even though Jeff masterfully avoided saying whether or not a ping system would be in Overwatch 2, it’s clear the team is working on a lot of new stuff for the expansion, whenever it comes out.


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

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam


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.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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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.