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Crazy Overwatch play shows why being backfilled isn’t always a bad thing

Published: 12/Jan/2020 23:37

by Meg Bethany Koepp


Being thrown into a backfill match in Overwatch may prove to be frustrating to some, but one skilled player has shown that it might not always mean an instant loss.

Being backfilled in Overwatch means that you’re automatically put into a game that’s already underway to fill up a slot on a team after another player has either quit or disconnected.

Many people don’t like this due to the fact that the team they’re put on is often losing and at a disadvantage, but one insane play proves that sometimes, the match can be turned around – even with mere seconds left to spare.

Genji saves the day

After being filtered into a Temple of Anubis game with just 25 seconds left on the clock, Reddit user ‘ilovepinkk’ selected Genji and sprinted off out of the spawn room in hopes of making it to the objective in time.

He ran up and over a wall, before he encountered an enemy D.Va and Baptiste perched above the archway to the second capture point.

Being aggressive, the cyborg ninja raced up there and scared them off, before he dashed and pushed his way to the objective.

There, the player used his shurikens to take out Baptiste and the D.Va’s mech, before finishing off the baby Korean with his Swift Strike ability.

The Genji then narrowly managed to jump over an opposing Hanzo’s Dragonstrike ultimate, before landing in front of him and finishing the Japanese mercenary off.

He then managed to get the jump on a scoping Widowmaker before hopping back onto the point, where his team were awarded with a sweet victory.

Blizzard EntertainmentAt least you’ll get some backfill XP either way.

If anything, the clip goes to show that players shouldn’t give up hope too quickly if dumped into a backfill match – you never know, you might just be the savior to turn things around.

And if not, well, you’ll still be rewarded with some sweet XP for your efforts, so at least there’s that.


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.