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Improve your Reinhardt play with this useful Overwatch training mode

Published: 17/May/2019 7:25 Updated: 17/May/2019 7:48

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch fan has used the Workshop to create a useful practice tool for Reinhardt players.

The Overwatch Workshop has proven enormously popular since its release to the Public Test Realm (PTR) on April 24, giving fans the ability to create all kinds of new game modes with lots of control over the settings and rules.

As well as producing recreations of all kinds of other titles, from Flappy Bird to CS:GO, as well as a huge variety of unique new game modes, players have also used the Workshop to develop useful practice tools for improving at Overwatch itself.

Those that want to improve their aim now have a comprehensive training mode to use, but players are also starting to develop more hero-specific training, such as a mode for practicing Ana grenades. Now the creator of the Ana Nade Tool, u/DarkyPaky, has developed a training mode for Reinhardt players.

The head-to-head play against the enemy Reinhardt is a large part of success with the hero. Earthshatter can be entirely negated by a well-placed shield, and any attempts to move you out of the way with a charge can be countered with a charge of your own.

Blizzard EntertainmentOutplaying the enemy Reinhardt is often crucial to success.

This training mode allows you to practice both of these elements. An enemy Reinhardt will spawn and perform one of the two actions, and you must react to its position and take the necessary counter measure.

The training mode also has an Ana option, which operates in the same way but with Ana attempting to hit you with a sleep dart instead that must be blocked with the shield.

Players must step into the blue circle to initiate the practice. Using the “Hello” emote selects Reinhardt as the opponent, while “I need healing” selects Ana.

While the training process is automated, unfortunately the limitations of the current workshop mean that the mode does require another player to be in the game to act as the enemy, although they won’t have to actually do anything.

Players that want to try out this practice tool themselves can do so with the share code 440GD.

Darwin’s Rein Practice from r/Overwatch

The Workshop is currently only available on the PC-only PTR, but will become available to all platforms when it moves to the live servers. Blizzard haven’t revealed when that will be, but with three weeks being a fairly standard test time for major new features it seems likely that players won’t have to wait too much longer.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.