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Jeff Kaplan confirms change to multiplayer levels in Overwatch 2

Published: 19/Apr/2020 12:23

by Connor Bennett


Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has teased a few changes to the levels in Overwatch 2 – especially with how a player’s level border will look moving forward.

Even since Overwatch 2 was announced back at Blizzcon, fans have been desperate for new details. There have been plenty of teases – including new in-game stats – and there have been a few ‘leaks’ as well – with the most recent centering on Ana and her supposed new talents and abilities.

Though, as for official word and confirmed new details, the Overwatch team has been pretty much radio silent. Yet, Jeff Kaplan has seemingly been perusing the official Blizzard message boards and dropping some information about changes coming in the next game.

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Players are gearing up for Overwatch 2.

The Overwatch lead designer responded to a thread that asked for changes to how the current Overwatch levels look – with complaints being bandied around about the “tacky” borders that appear on an account when they hit gold. 

“Currently, our plan is to change this system for ow2,” Kaplan commented. “We’ll find a way to recognize your accomplishments for those who care but the current plan is for those borders to go away and be replaced with a different system.”

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Kaplan’s responded directly to Overwatch players.

Kaplan’s message received a mixed reaction with many fans happy to hear that the borders will be going away, yet, others registered their disappointment at the possibility of no longer being able to show off their own unique border.

Though, plenty noted that the removal of the borders would likely see the end of ‘level shaming’ – where players are mocked for being too low or too high in their level – which is seen as a positive step. 

What changes Kaplan’s Overwatch team has up their sleeve for the new system, however, very much remains to be seen considering that OW2 is still doesn’t have an official release date. 

A now-deleted tweet from PlayStation Brazil claimed that the game would be released at some point in 2020, though, that hasn’t been confirmed by anyone.


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.