Here's how Brigitte's Shield Bash works after nerf on the Overwatch PTR - Dexerto

Here’s how Brigitte’s Shield Bash works after nerf on the Overwatch PTR

Published: 15/Nov/2018 17:55 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 18:08

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has demonstrated exactly how Brigitte’s Shield Bash works after being nerfed on the PTR.

The latest update to the Overwatch Public Test Realm introduced a nerf to Brigitte, making her Shield Bash ability no longer stun players through shields as is currently possible on the live servers.


The change comes after much criticism from players over the prevalence of crowd control – abilities that stun or otherwise impair a player’s ability to act – in the game right now, with Brigitte a particular target of criticism.

Some players have even gone so far as to start a campaign to delete Brigitte from the game. Though it’s obviously a tongue-in-cheek movement, the fact that it’s come to that at all reflects the feelings that players have about the current state of the hero.


Blizzard EntertainmentBrigitte’s powerful kit has made her the subject of much frustration from players recently.

Overwatch player u/AndyGMB demonstrated exactly how the Shield Bash change works on the PTR currently.

Exactly how Brigitte interacts with enemy shields depends on how far away she is when she uses her Shield Bash.

If she’s towards the end of its range limit, she’ll still go through the enemy shield, but won’t stun anyone on the other side. If she’s right in front of the shield, however, she’ll be blocked from moving forward.


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Though many players will undoubtedly be happy that they can protect themselves against the stun, many seem to feel this change still isn’t perfect.

The variability in the interaction – whether or not Brigitte passes through the shield – and the fact that shields still don’t block Doomfist’s knock-back can make for feelings of inconsistency on both sides, as Dallas Fuel coach Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy expressed.


With the changes still being in testing, it’s very possible that Blizzard could iterate further before pushing the update to the live servers.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.