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Incredible easter egg found on Overwatch Chateau Guillard map

Published: 13/May/2020 1:24 Updated: 14/May/2020 6:51

by Bill Cooney

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Sharp-eyed Overwatch players have discovered a crazy detail on Chateau Guillard that actually allows you to ring the bell across the lake.

Plenty of Overwatch maps come with interactive, hidden details for players to find, like the pianos on Paris that are 100% playable.

Now, it’s been found that you can actually ring the bell across the lake on Chateau Guillard that seems to be just background scenery at first glance.

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Widowmaker’s home base hides some neat secrets.

A user by the name of DeSensedTTV is who we have to thank for bringing this easter egg to our attention, and how they actually managed to find it is unknown.

But find it they did, by using McCree to simply shoot at the bell, which caused it to chime – just like the ones located in Dorado’s first attacking spawn.

McCree can obviously hit the shot easily. So can a scoped-in Widowmaker, and Ashe would also be able to make the shot. It could be possible with other heroes, too, but you might not want to spend too much time experimenting in an actual game.”

You can ring the bell across the lake at Chateau from r/Overwatch

After DeSensed rings the bell a few times, an enemy Pharah, perhaps sensing the chance for some easy environmental kills, swooped in and easily took them out.

This easter egg doesn’t change the game at all, and it won’t help you pull off a crazy deathmatch win like the Reaper teleporter trick will, but it could be a great way to confuse your friends or opponents during a match.

As we mentioned before, certain heroes (looking at you, Reinhardt) have no chance to hit the bell, so it’s not even worth trying with someone like Roadhog or Brigitte.

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Not even Brigitte’s rocket flail would have to range to hit the bell.

Along with this newly-discovered Easter Egg we also got a new Overwatch patch on May 12 that introduces significant support hero changes, so it might be worth looking to see what’s changed for healers – after you shoot the bell a few times, of course.

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Overwatch Dec 3 update nerfs Baptiste, buffs DVa & Reinhardt: patch notes

Published: 3/Dec/2020 19:47 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 19:57

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has just gone live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch bringing in a bunch of big changes to multiple heroes on the Experimental Card.

In total, three heroes are receiving some sizable changes that could drastically switch up the meta as we know it.

Overwatch players who have been annoyed by Baptiste in recent weeks will be happy to know that Immortality Field is seeing a HP nerf while his new IMAX-sized Amplification Matrix will cost more ultimate charge.

Now, his Immortality Field drone will be only 150 HP, down from its previous 200. This does open up some new damage thresholds. For example, now, a direct hit from a Junkrat grenade or a rocket from either Pharah rocket or Soldier 76 can be followed up with a melee to destroy it.

Baptiste jumping in front of Reinhardt during an Overwatch competitive match.
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Baptiste has seen his Immortality Field nerfed.

Additionally, Amp Matrix will cost 15% more ultimate charge, which is a nice change given his recent buffs.

According to Community Manager Josh Nash, “buffs to his Biotic Launcher and Amplification Matrix, have resulted in him over-performing within the Support role” and that’s why he’s getting tweaked.

Elsewhere, D.Va is seeing her health changed up with her armor and base health going from 200/400 to 300/300.

D.va fights on Hollywood
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D.Va’s health got a nice change.

“We’re attempting to make some adjustments to D.Va’s mech that should allow her to sustain more damage from shotguns, beams, and weapons with high rates of fire,” Nash explained. “Armor blocks 5 damage for each individual hit that deals 10 or more damage. We feel that the re-allocation of 100 of D.Va’s health towards her armor will allow her to better perform within the Tank role.”

Finally, Reinhardt is getting a sizable buff in both his HP and hammer attack. Now, his base armor is increased from 200 to 250 and his hammer swing damage is enhanced, moving up to 85 damage from 75.

Once again, Nash explained why stating: “Reinhardt’s kit requires him to be up close and personal with enemies, so we want to make sure that he’s still capable of fulfilling his role as he closes distance with an enemy.”

Reinhardt on Kings Row
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Reinhardt is an even bigger threat with more health and damage.

As always, this is just the Experimental Mode so it’s possible not all these changes go through to the other modes, but it’s a good sign for how the devs want to take Overwatch going into the release of the sequel.

Full patch notes:

EXPERIMENTAL MODE

The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance changes. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.

HERO UPDATES (ONLY IN EXPERIMENTAL)

Baptiste

Immortality Field

  • Health decreased from 200 to 150

Amplification Matrix

  • Ultimate cost increased by 15%

Developer Comments: To adjust Baptiste’s overall power for the recent increased effectiveness of his Biotic Launcher and Amplification Matrix, we’re taking some durability out of Immortality Field and increasing the cost of his ultimate once again.

D.Va

General

  • Mech Armor/Health has been redistributed from 200/400 to 300/300

Developer Comments: We’re increasing the ratio of armor to health that D.Va’s mech has to enable it to withstand more damage from shotguns, beams, and weapons with a high rate of fire.

Reinhardt

General

  • Base Armor increased from 200 to 250

Rocket Hammer

  • Damage increased from 75 to 85

Developer Comments: The intent of these changes is to slightly bolster Reinhardt’s frontline presence once he closes the distance with an enemy. The increased Rocket Hammer damage will reduce the number of swings necessary to eliminate some heroes so we’ll be keeping a close eye on the overall impact of this change.