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Fight “Zencopter” in Overwatch Workshop mode inspired by Half-Life 2

Published: 19/Sep/2019 19:40 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 20:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch Workshop is home to some incredible game modes, but a newly created “Zencopter” boss battle inspired by Half-Life 2’s Hunter-Chopper could be one of the most exhilarating yet. 

Redditor Zezombye first teased the mode on the Overwatch subreddit in a post titled “Introducing: the Zencopter”. 

Inside was a gif of a Soldier 76 player trying to shoot an enemy Zenyatta out of the sky. The catch? The Zen is animated to look like a helicopter propeller on top.

Eventually, the Zencopter launches a barrage of Pulse Bombs onto the player resulting in a plethora of explosions all over the Junkertown map.

In the comments the creator revealed that he was able to make the propellers and use Tracer’s ultimate as Zen thanks to the newly added “dummy bots” feature which allow for more customization in game modes.

Introducing: the Zencopter from r/Overwatch

If that wasn’t crazy enough, Zezombye teased in the comments that this is just the beginning. “This is a minion that is part of a bigger boss fight,” they revealed.

“OMFG it’s the Hunter-Chopper from Half-Life 2!” one user excitedly wrote prompting Zezombye to reply “Yup, that was my inspiration!”

ValveThe Hunter-Chopper is a boss in Half-Life 2.

Most of the comments demanded that the Workshop creator hand over the code so they could try it out themselves. At first Zezombye was hesitant writing, “I will release it once I’ve finished it” but once enough interest was gained the tune changed.

Zezombye suggested that there was still much more work to be done, so much so that it would take years to finally complete. But provided users with instructions on how they could take on the Zencopter. 

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In Half-Life 2, Hunter-Choppers are spotted in City 17 – one of the major locations in the game. Players fight on near the end of the Water Hazard chapter. 

Amusingly, they are piloted by “Overwatch Soldiers”. 

If you want to play this Workshop mode for yourself, the code is “D7R76”. 

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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.