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Charge spot on Overwatch’s Oasis can get Reinhardt ultimate in seconds

Published: 25/Feb/2020 18:14

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s Oasis is considered to be one of the more popular post-launch maps in the game, known for its whacky areas that can lead to hype eliminations.

The City Center area features cars that can delete opponents upon impact and a jump pad that provides easy access to high ground. University has a pit in the middle similar to that of Ilios Well and Gardens has plenty of space for neat environmental kills.

Redditor Talking-Finger showed off just how impactful environmental kills can be on Gardens by taking advantage of a sneaky charge spot as Reinhardt that, if timed right, can lead to a team kill.

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Reinhardt’s charge is a high-risk high-reward.

Using the repay viewer, the user showed how Reinhardt can get in position for this power move. After leaving spawn, go down middle and onto the point. This helps when you have a Lucio to speed boost you to the objective and the other team doesn’t.

From there, with any luck – and you’d need the luck – your opponents will be coming to the point through the underground side and emerge right where the edge of the map is leaving them vulnerable to be booped off.

At this point, once a few of the enemy has emerged, a well-timed Reinhardt charge onto the opposing main tank can provide enough knockback to send the other team off the map.

Got This Beast Of A Rein Charge, Moments later I Was Staring In Disbelief! from Overwatch

As you can see in the video, the Reinhardt was able to pin his German crusader counterpart and send Baptiste, Mei, and Roadhog into the drink below before confirming a kill into the Ana.

While the “Team Kill” gong did sound, it should be noted that a DPS from the other side had yet to pick a character, but it was still an impressive feat, leading to a whopping 97% ultimate charge.

The reason for all the ultimate charge is because of how the game treats environmental kills. Knocking a 600 HP enemy off the map will net you all the ultimate charge you otherwise would have gotten by doing 600 points of damage over time.

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Oasis is one of Overwatch’s best Control maps.

Best of all, this strategy could also be performed once your team has control of the objective and the enemy decides to all go that route to reach the point.

Next time you’re on Oasis, give it a shot and see if you can score a team kill by your lonesome.

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Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.