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Mysterious new object appears on Overwatch map – what does it mean?

Published: 19/Sep/2019 23:27 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 0:00

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new object has been discovered on Overwatch’s Ecopoint map leading many to wonder if this is a teaser of something bigger coming soon. 

The item in question is a mysterious snow globe crystal ball of sorts with the word “GREY” on it. Inside of the crystal are what appear to be particles and sparkling effects.

It also has a piece with the Overwatch logo attached. Interestingly, the top portion of the logo is a light blue. This particular variant of the logo makes an appearance in the Mei animated short “Rise and Shine”, which also takes place on the Ecopoint map. The logo is spotted on a door to the facility. 

(Timestamp 3:55 for mobile users)

In the same short, there’s a similar logo modification (albeit with green instead of blue). At 1:09 the modified Overwatch logo is shown in three instances. On the computer’s desktop background, as an icon on the computer, and in the picture off to the right.

The bigger question is the word “GREY” and what implications does it have? Why was it added? Strangely, the item seems to be attached to a table and cannot be dislodged even by primary fire shot.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould more secrets be lurking on the Ecopoint map?

How was the object found?

The new object was first discovered by Redditor ForenOW. In a video post, he detailed how he created a “Find Items” custom game mode. “For example, on Ecopoint you need to find ‘26 items with Overwatch symbol’,” ForenOW wrote.

“But today I received a notification in the ‘bug report’ that someone found 27th item with an overwatch symbol that wasn’t in the list. It turned out that this item was added by Blizzard in a new patch,” the sharp-eyed Redditor added.

If you want to play the Find Items game mode for yourself, as it exists for multiple maps, you can do so at this link as it details all the locations and items along with Workshop codes.

Player of “Find Items” mode accidentally found a new strange teaser in Ecopoint. What do you think? from r/Overwatch

Could something be planned for Blizzcon? 

Blizzcon is Blizzard’s flagship event and is scheduled to begin on November 1 this year. Normally a new hero and sometimes a map is revealed at the annual event and this year shouldn’t be any different. 

The last map added to Overwatch was Havana back in May 2019, so players are eager to get their hands on something new. Notably, Blizzard skipped Gamescom this year which is where the company often unveils new maps. In the past both Eichenwalde and Junkertown have been revealed at the European event. 

Blizzard EntertainmentHavana was added to Overwatch back in May.

Map changes often indicate an announcement of some sort is planned. Previously, Horizon Lunar Colony and Route 66 were both changed up leading up to the release of Wrecking Ball and Ashe. 

There is bound to be a lot more speculation where this came from and potentially more secrets to discover as Blizzcon grows increasingly near. 

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.