Here's how South Korea's JJoNak survived a point-blank EMP in the Overwatch World Cup - Dexerto

Here’s how South Korea’s JJoNak survived a point-blank EMP in the Overwatch World Cup

Published: 5/Nov/2018 10:47 Updated: 5/Nov/2018 10:49

by Joe O'Brien


South Korea support Bang ‘JJoNak’ Sung-hyeon miraculously survived an assassination attempt with some fast footwork and incredible team support.

Nobody made a bigger impact on Season One of the Overwatch League than JJoNak. Coming in as a rookie, he established himself not only as the best Zenyatta player in the world, but also as the MVP of the entire regular season.

As well as his immense individual talent, however,  JJoNak also benefitted from unusual levels of support from his team-mates in the Overwatch League. Recognizing just how powerful he could be if enabled, New York Excelsior played around JJoNak in a manner no other Zenyatta player could command.

It seems that mind-set translated to the South Korean World Cup team – which was coached by NYXL head coach Yu ‘Pavane’ Hyeon-sang – as LA Valiant support Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy identified while reviewing games on his stream.

On King’s Row during the semi-final between South Korea and the United Kingdom, as South Korea was about to complete their offensive push, UK’s ‘MikeyA’ managed to find JJoNak isolated at the back of his team with Sombra’s EMP.

The reaction from South Korea is almost instantaneous. Sombra’s EMP should be a death sentence for Zenyatta, instantly removing the vast majority of his effective health pool, which is his shields. Instead, the South Korea players immediately turned to cover their support super star, healing and protecting him through the danger.

As former San Francisco Shock support Daniel ‘dhaK’ Martinez identified on his own stream, however, JJoNak himself deserves some credit for his survival. Upon being hit by the EMP, JJoNak immediately responded with evasive movement that helped him avoid an immediate death.

Zenyatta isn’t the most mobile of heroes, but it was enough to dodge the assassination attempt and keep him alive long enough for his team’s support to matter.


Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam


A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.