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C9 PVPX explains why Junkrat’s Overwatch buffs are actually nerfs

Published: 4/Jun/2020 17:51

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Jamison ‘PVPX’ Moore first made a name for himself with his phenomenal Junkrat play in Overwatch before moving onto other games like Apex Legends and Valorant, but he’s returned to warn Blizzard that the recent “buffs” to his beloved main are actually nerfs.

The May 19, 2020 Overwatch patch brought in a slew of balance changes in addition to the Anniversary event. Among them were three significant changes to Junkrat. The first was a straight buff to his primary fire projectiles giving them “slightly more velocity on ricochet.”

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Another one was for his Total Mayhem passive, which is essentially Martyrdom from Call of Duty, whereupon death, Junkrat drops grenades on the ground. The buff reduced their detonation time by 0.3 seconds and increased their spread by fifty percent.

However, while these may seem fine and good, he also received a change to his Concussion Mine, increasing its speed from 20 to 25. This may look like a nice change on paper, but in reality, it severely hinders Junkrat’s mobility – something he needs to be effective.

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PVPX took to Twitch to showcase how this speed buff actually hurts Junkrat more than it helps in combat.

“It takes away the ability to consistently double mine jump and also side mine jump,” the Cloud 9 player explained.

Side mine jumps are when Junkrat players throw the mine behind them and boop themselves forward. Sadly, this is no longer an option because the mine travels too quickly.

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With double mine jumps, previously, players could use one for vertical mobility and then throw another one while maintaining momentum to travel insane distances.

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Buffs? No. Nerfs.

“The only way you can get it to work is if you go in the air, pause and then do it again,” PVPX showed. “But that pause is an extremely bad nerf to Junkrat. It doesn’t make the change worth it. On top of that, you can’t do a side jump in the air which hinders his mobility a lot. It’s a nerf.”

It’s unclear if this was Blizzard’s intent when they made these changes to the character, but if they were aiming to make the hero stronger, it seems they may have missed the mark a bit.

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We’ll have to wait and see what the developers decide to do in a future patch and if they end up reverting the concussion mine changes.

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Overwatch pro lashes out after being “thrown in trash” by OWL team

Published: 13/Oct/2020 6:30 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:16

by Brad Norton

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The 2020 Overwatch League season has now come to an end and teams have already begun to act on new roster shuffles. Mere hours after being let go by the Los Angeles Gladiators, Roni ‘LhCloud’ Tiihonen had some harsh words for his former team.

It wasn’t the most successful year for the LA Gladiators. The organization finished among the Top 8 in North American playoffs, failing to win a map against Philadelphia Fusion and Florida Mayhem. With the offseason now underway, teams are free to make roster adjustments as needed.

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Among the first to make a move was the LA franchise. They let LhCloudy go after just a few months with the team. It wasn’t long before the Main Tank expert took to Twitch and reacted to the news.

“I play 10 hours a day, I don’t get paid s***, and then I get thrown into the trash,” he said on October 12. “That’s just life.”

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The Finnish pro came to the league in 2019, joining Paris Eternal after a run with Team Gigantti in Contenders. He was soon traded over to the Gladiators, though his time spent with the team appears to have left him quite bitter.

When asked what his biggest disappointment was for the year, he aimed his complaints at the coaching staff. “I think our coaching staff made a lot of stupid f***ing decisions in our playoffs.”

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“They come to me after… oh s***, you were right.” Ultimately, the team was unable to win a map in their playoff run. Even after apologizing for not taking his supposed advice, LhCloud believed that it “didn’t mean anything.”

While his initial comments were scathing, he soon followed up by explaining that everyone on the team worked hard for the games.

“I think we just made wrong decisions in the playoffs… it’s not just the coaches fault, it’s everybody’s fault,” he added.

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After wrapping up his Twitch stream for the day, he took to Twitter to apologize for his comments. “I just wanted to say I really fu**** up today and said stupid stuff on stream. I was very emotional and it was very stupid of me to blame others. I live for OW and dedicate all of my hours to it so hearing that I was going to be released crushed my soul.”

The offseason has only just begun so there’s still plenty of weeks ahead of LhCloudy to find a new team. In case you missed the closing moments of the 2020 Overwatch League finals, here’s how things played out.

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