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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 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
Blizzard Entertainment
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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.