Great ways to combine D.Va and Zarya’s ultimates in Overwatch - Dexerto
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Great ways to combine D.Va and Zarya’s ultimates in Overwatch

Published: 15/Feb/2019 19:25 Updated: 15/Feb/2019 19:41

by Bill Cooney

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A new video from Overwatch YouTuber Kappachino does a great job at explaining how to get the most out of using D.Va and Zarya’s ultimates together.

After the opening night of the Overwatch League on February 14, it’s clear “GOATS”, “3-3”, “triple tank – triple support”, or whatever else they’re calling it nowadays isn’t going anywhere soon.

One silver lining of this is now, we get to watch a ton of great Zarya and D.Va bomb combos, like this beautifully coordinated attack courtesy of Hangzhou Spark player Seong-Wook ‘Ria’ Park against the Shanghai Dragons (who are now 0-41 in OWL matches).

The first strategy Kappachino talks about he calls the “Air Bomb”, which gets D.Va’s mech to blow up in mid air for maximum coverage on the ground, but still deal maximum damage.

To pull this off, players need to boost their mech straight up and activate Self-Destruct about halfway through the boost, around 1 second, according to Kappachino.

Next is the “Nose-Dive” technique, where players drive D.Va’s boost into the ground at a slight angle in order to get their bomb as close to the Gravitron as possible.

This one is kind of the opposite of the Air Bomb, as players are looking down at the ground at a slight angle and boosting their bomb in, instead of looking up.

The “Drop-Off” bomb looks just like it sounds, and is basically a drive-by self-destruct where players put the bomb as close as they can to the center of the Gravitron after boosting in.

Finally, Kappachino goes over a good technique for the most recognizable strat, the “Short-Toss” bomb, which throws Self-Destruct at an angle towards the enemy.

Kappachino does a great job of explaining each of the techniques in way more detail than we could fit here, so his video is definitely worth a watch.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.