Death to shields? Seagull and Dafran react to Overwatch's "bold" patch - Dexerto

Death to shields? Seagull and Dafran react to Overwatch’s “bold” patch

Published: 14/Nov/2019 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch landscape could be changing once again with massive changes to the strength of barriers fresh on the Public Test Realm. With most significant changes, the community is very vocal, and this is no different as the likes of Twitch stars Dafran and Seagull have weighed in on the patch. 

While the November 13 PTR patch did nerf barriers for Sigma, Orisa, and Reinhardt, the latter two had other parts of their kits buffed to accommodate for the nerfs.

Some in the community have claimed the nerfs will spell the doom of the infamous double barrier meta, but on the flip side, armor received a global buff, which means Brigitte could become a massive threat once more.

Former pro Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned seemed wary about the armor buff in particular and classified Blizzard’s decision to buff armor without nerfing Brigitte in the process as “bold.”

On the flip side, he appeared happy with the changes overall, writing “now THAT is a balance patch.”

While testing the changes, the Twitch star discovered that it now takes Roadhog only four shots to destroy Orisa’s barrier – an unexpected surprise, but a welcome one.

Additionally, suspended streamer Daniel ‘dafran’ Francesca seemed overjoyed at the nerfs to shields and impressed that the developers listened to the community.

Unfortunately, Dafran is currently suspended on Twitch for 30 days, so those wanting to watch the DPS legend play on the new patch will need to wait. Luckily, Dafran says it’ll be worth it as he plans to “pop the f*ck off” when he’s unbanned.

Elsewhere, top YouTube streamer Samito took issue with the fact Orisa’s barrier was nerfed, but her Fortify ability was buffed as the cooldown was reduced. Fortify gives the Omnic tank a 50% damage reduction for a short period while making her immune to stuns and boops.

The Contenders star pleaded with the developers to decrease Fortify’s damage negation to 20%. He was also sad to see the bunker playstyle seemingly get demolished by the shield nerfs.

For Samito, the changes kill bunker, which added some diversity to the game. However, just like Seagull and Dafran, the Triumph DPS was happy with the rest of the changes made.

Hopefully, the Overwatch League’s third season provides some much-needed head-clicking action and with fewer barriers. Only time will tell how the pros adapt and take advantage of the decreased shield health.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.