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Hidden Overwatch trick guarantees accurate Reinhardt charges

Published: 21/Jul/2020 17:30 Updated: 21/Jul/2020 21:28

by Michael Gwilliam

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Reinhardt’s charge sometimes seems like it’s one of the most inconsistent abilities in Overwatch, but a newly discovered trick can make it so your pin conversion rate skyrockets, and it’s all about positioning.

Charge is a high-risk, high-reward ability where Reinhardt speeds forward with minimal control towards left or right. If he comes into contact with an opponent head-on, he will deal a maximum of 300 damage if he pins them against a wall.

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Of course, charging also runs the risk of putting the character out of position, leaving him vulnerable to attack and the team without a shield tank. So balance-wise, it’s in a good spot.

That said, some players do find the ability to be inconsistent, with the charge sometimes knocking enemies back while at other times, it manages to scoop them into it even when it looks like it would miss.

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Reinhardt’s pin mechanic can be high-risk, high-reward.

What is Flats’ Cradle?

Now, thanks to some investigative work by streamers Flats and SVB, the mystery has been solved and players can finally land their pins with a much higher success rate.

The trick comes down to what has been dubbed “Flats’ Cradle.” When Reinhardt pins, his body contorts to a unique shape and, if you’re able to get a foe within this cradle, the charge will connect.

“It will pull them in no matter where they are,” SVB explained. “Even if they are jumping away from you, Flats’ theory is that it will suck as long as it’s in this cradle where he’s pinning.”

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Aim to the left

In a video demonstration, the streamer showed how a pinning to the left of a training bot still resulted in a pin.

“I should not have hit that pin!” he exclaimed. “With the left side, it sucks because of Flats’ cradle.”

He then proceeded to try it again, but purposefully went a bit too far on the right side. This time, it simply booped the bot away and the pin didn’t connect normally.

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Always try to pin to the left.

“The same angle, but on the right side, it will knock them away. So, this is really important. It’s not something you will instantly pick up, you need to keep it in your mind. But this is the new pin mechanic,” SVB concluded.

Next time you play Reinhardt, remember that going slightly to the left can be extremely beneficial. Try it out if you want to score those pins and get the maximum value out of them.

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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League’s second straight commissioner, Pete Vlastelica, is stepping down after just one season with the league according to a new report.

According to The Esports Observer, sources claim that Vlastelica, who replaced Nate Nanzer in 2019 will be stepping down from his position.

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However, Vlastelica will remain President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, a title he continued to hold throughout his time as Overwatch League Commissioner.

OWL’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left the league in 2019 to join Epic Games and help grow Fortnite’s competitive scene.

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The 2020 season was moved online after a few homestands.

The Esports Observer’s sources didn’t provide any additional information, and it’s unclear who will be in line to replace him.

However, the league confirmed the report in statement: “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was instrumental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.”

The news comes days before the North American Overwatch League All-Stars event, and just one week before the Grand Finals weekend is set to kick off.

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Unfortunately, the Overwatch League’s third season was heavily hindered by the ongoing global health crisis which put an end to the homestand events – something the league had been promoting hard in past years.

Only a few homestand events ended up happening such as those in Dallas, Washington, New York and Philadelphia before the league switched to an online format for the remainder of the season.

None of the four Asian, two European or two Canadian teams have hosted a homestand event yet as a result.

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Sinatraa and Super in OWL Grand Finals

As Dexerto previously reported, Activision is allowing CDL and OWL teams to skip franchise payments in 2020.

With uncertainty regarding the fourth season and anticipation mounting for Overwatch 2, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the league proceeds.

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Aside from issues facing the league outside of its control, Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant has resonated highly with many Overwatch pros. The 2020 season saw major names such as 2019 MVP Sinatraa retire from Overwatch to pursue a new career competing in Valorant.