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Jeff Kaplan says Overwatch devs considering major Brigitte armor rework

Published: 10/Jun/2020 1:45

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s Jeff Kaplan has revealed that developers are considering a major rework to how armor is distributed to heroes from Brigitte’s Repair Packs.

Brig might not be as popular as she was during the days of the GOATs meta, but she’s definitely still able to make an impact on matches with the armor and healing she can provide.

Her Repair Pack ability comes with three charges that will each heal an ally for 110 HP over 2 seconds, or 50 temporary armor if they’re already at full health. This might not seem like a lot, but when it comes to heroes like Tracer who only have 150 HP to start with, it can be a huge buff.

So much so that during a discussion on armor in a private Overwatch creators discord, former Houston Outlaws star Jake “Jake” Lyon suggested the amount of armor should scale based on a hero’s base HP. This would mean that Reinhardt would get much more armor from Brigitte’s packs than say, Tracer.

“We’re debating armor,” Kaplan said in response to Jake’s suggestion. “Agree with many points here.”

The conversation was graciously shared to Twitter by andygmb, who added that it just part of a longer discussion on armor and how it will be balanced going forward on Discord.

Exactly how armor scaling would work, ie: how much each hero would receive based on their health, remains to be seen, if it even happens at all. As usual, Kaplan was light on the details, but still managed to let us know something is happening.

“Debating armor” could mean devs are considering removing it altogether, but this seems unlikely, as it’s a key part of Brigitte’s kit and ultimate ability.

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This change could either be a buff or a nerf for Brig, depending on how devs decide to change armor.

However Blizzard decides to switch up Brigitte’s armor, players should be able to test it out on the Experimental card, which devs are relying more and more on to test changes instead of PTR, as it’s available on all platforms, and has proven popular with players.

Even though theses changes would mainly affect Brig players, she can give armor to any hero in Overwatch, so it’s worth noting what happens even if you don’t as the flail-wielding support that often.


Sneaky Overwatch spot gets you to Watchpoint Gibraltar’s high ground fast

Published: 22/Nov/2020 21:26

by Julian Young


In any competitive shooter, good positioning and map control are key factors to achieving victory. The Overwatch community has once again shown how smart movement can benefit players, this time with a clever trick to gain the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Overwatch is a unique title that requires team coordination and individual skill to overcome opponents. Heroes need to synergize their abilities with teammates and perform well on their own to defeat the other team.

Outside of individual skill and good teamwork, positioning and map control are two additional factors to consider when a team plans and executes their strategy. Players are always looking for new ways to exploit their surroundings to help outsmart their enemies.

While many movement techniques are well-known in the Overwatch community, there are still some tricks that not all players are aware of.  In a video posted user ‘Hovspian’, they show off a lesser-known shortcut players can use to reach the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Found a new shortcut to highground on Gibraltar second from Overwatch

In the clip, the player is in the interior room located near Checkpoint B: a fairly open space with bits of cover in various spots and a vehicle hanging from the ceiling. They walk towards a forklift that is holding some containers, and then jump on top of the vehicle’s glass windshield.

From there, they jump onto the containers the forklift is holding, and then to the nearby ledge that lines the interior wall. From that position, they survey the room and show off an impressive vantage point where they can shoot down at any enemies in the open space below.

Overwatch Watchpoint Gibraltar Map
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An Overwatch player has shared a nifty trick to gain the high ground on Operation: Gibraltar.

While this may not be a new discovery for some Overwatch veterans, not every player knows about it. One user responded shortly after the post went live saying they were not familiar with this particular move, and thanked Hovspian for sharing it. For those unfamiliar with the movement on display in the clip, this climbing maneuver could prove useful in future matches.

Whether they are playing a damage, tank, or support role, all can benefit from movement that provides them with an advantage. This video is another example of how players can outsmart the competition with their movement skills, and add another trick to their existing arsenal.