Former Overwatch artist finally reveals reason behind Reaper's mask - Dexerto

Former Overwatch artist finally reveals reason behind Reaper’s mask

Published: 22/May/2020 12:01

by Connor Bennett


A former Overwatch developer has explained why Reaper has a mask in-game despite not having one in the comic book version of events.

Like other Blizzard titles, Overwatch is steeped in lore and backstory, giving fans the chance to explore their favorite characters on a different level – both inside and outside of the game.

One of the biggest routes for the lore has come via the Overwatch comics that started being published online in 2016. With the actual game not having a story mode, the comic has given Blizzard the chance to tell a story in different ways, but one question has always bugged players – why does Reaper wear a mask in-game when he doesn’t do so in the comics?

Reaper in Overwatch
Reaper can regularly be found in Overwatch games.

Now, former Overwatch artist Ahn Dang has explained why that is the case after posting some concept art for the character. One fan responded by stating that they always believed Reaper was fully inspired by the comic, leading to Dang’s answer.

“Yeah I changed it from the original comic because I didn’t think just a regular plain skull looked very cohesive in game,” Dang explained, finally pulling back the curtain and giving fans the answer they’d been after.

Other fans asked questions about the mask, while one quizzed Dang on whether or not it was done for the purposes of selling Overwatch across the globe.

“No, I gave him a mask cause it’s a masquerade lol,” she said in reference to the concept she had posted. “I mean, he has other skins where he has a more skull-like face, like the Hellfire or Mariachi skin.”

Obviously, some fans would like to see the in-game character fully mimic the comic book version, but that might could later down the line as another unique skin. 

For now, at least, the question has been answered and fans have something to point to as proof rather than any other theories that might be floating around.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities. from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.