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D.Va Fights an Omnic Assault in New Overwatch Animated Short “Shooting Star”

Published: 22/Aug/2018 10:28 Updated: 22/Aug/2018 10:30

by Joe O'Brien


The latest Overwatch Animated Short features D.Va as she attempts to defend her home from Omnic attacks.

D.Va’s short, titled “Shooting Star”, debuted at the Overwatch Fan Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and sees the esports professional turned MEKA pilot bearing the weight of defending her home city of Busan from Omnic invasion.

D.Va is the tenth hero to star as the primary focus of an Overwatch Animated Short, each of which has offered a deeper look into the story and character of one – or in the case of the Shimada brothers, two – of the game’s heroes.

The video also explores D.Va’s reputation as a South Korean national hero, highlighting the difference between the superstar portrayed by the media and the girl who feels responsible for protecting everything she cares about.

When another Omnic attack comes sooner than expected, D.Va dives into action alone, struggling to take them all down before they can reach the city and ultimately sacrificing her mech – and risking her own life – to defeat them.

Fortunately, D.Va survives the encounter, albeit with some scars to show for it, and immediately gets to work rebuilding in preparation for her next battle.

Along with the Animated Short, Blizzard also unveiled a new Busan Control map, which features D.Va’s base as one of the control points.


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
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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
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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.