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These charming Renaissance Overwatch skins should be added into the game

Published: 28/Jan/2020 1:22

by Brad Norton


Renaissance-era Overwatch designs could bring a new sense of elegance to Blizzard’s competitive hero shooter if they’re ever transformed into fully-realized in-game skins.

From Lunar New Year to Halloween, Blizzard loves to incorporate all sorts of annual celebrations in their limited-time Overwatch events. Boasting new skins each time around, fans are often debating what direction the designs could go down next.

Taking the initiative and creating something entirely new for the world of Overwatch, one avid player put their artistic skills on display as they created unique Renaissance-era designs that could look stunning in-game.

Reinhardt Overwatch Lunar New year skin
The current Lunar New Year event is set to end on February 5.

Focusing on almost all of the female heroes in the game today, ‘StormBeastArts’ put together a collection of extraordinary Renaissance-era concepts that seem perfect for some upcoming Legendary skins.

From Zarya to Pharah, a wide array of characters have been transported back in time and given an appropriate costume for the period. As elegant as can be, these unblemished designs would be sure to stand out on the battlefield for their expensive materials and intricate accoutrements.

The level of detail throughout each design is remarkable as the black and white shading make every sequin and tassel pop unlike any other skins available in the game today. 

A number of characters have kept certain aspects of their visual appearance with them through the ages. From Mercy’s halo, to Sombra’s edgy hairstyle, and even Pharah’s face tattoo, these defining features stay with their respective heroes.

Amusingly, D.Va still wears her facepaint even during the Renaissance era as the hero is shown wearing a corset with an elegant headpiece draping down behind her. Perhaps her accompanying mech also got the same makeover. 

Simply just works of art for the time being, there’s no denying that a Renaissance-themed event could be a new way to shake up the repetitive cycle of festivities in Overwatch.

While the artist has completed a total of 10 Renaissance-themed designs thus far, it would be fascinating to see the less humanoid characters draped in matching attire. 

One can’t help but wonder just how striking an elegant Roadhog and Junkrat would look alongside a dazzling Omnic duo in Bastion and Zenyatta for instance.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
Blizzard Entertainment
Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.