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New Overwatch heroes Echo and Sojourn announced at BlizzCon 2019

Published: 30/Oct/2019 23:33 Updated: 1/Nov/2019 19:59

by Bill Cooney


BlizzCon 2019 has started off with a bang for Overwatch fans with a ton of new content, including two brand new heroes.

Speculation on who the next Overwatch hero could be started almost as soon as Sigma was released in July of 2019.

There were rumors it could’ve been Mauga from Baptiste’s short story, Sojourn – who was featured in the Storm Rising cinematic – or Echo, based on leaks of new Overwatch art ahead of BlizzCon.

WoWHeadThe art was posted to Blizzard’s official Gear Store.

A report from Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau and ESPN on the last Sunday in October said a new hero would be announced at BlizzCon and with the arrival of Echo it seems they were right.

The last time Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan talked about an upcoming new hero at length was when he explained why Sigma, and not Mauga was hero 31 during a stream with Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned. 

That hasn’t stopped speculation from running wild though and hints about the identities of both new heroes started leaked out the week before BlizzCon 2019.

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that Sojourn, who was introduced during the Storm Rising event, would be a new hero coming to the game, but didn’t say anything else on when it would happen.

Sojourn seems to be a DPS hero based on the Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer, with a weapon that seems to be a mix of Soldier 76’s and Zarya’s weapons from the limited shots we see of her.

Echo also appeared in the Overwatch 2 cinematic and in the gameplay trailer, but Kaplan didn’t mention the blue and white robot during his time on stage.

If she’s in the trailers though, it’s a good bet that Echo will be coming to Overwatch, or whatever we’re calling it now, sometime soon.

Overwatch 2 arrives at BlizzCon

The game’s title screen was shown off as part of the “Zero Hour” Cinematic which premiered during the BlizzCon opening ceremony. 

Unlike the first installment, Overwatch 2 will have hero talents and character progression with individual levels. These “talents”, which are unlocked as the player levels up, boost the power of each hero’s standard abilities. 

New maps and a new PvP game mode called “Push” were also introduced at BlizzCon, and are available to play for those lucky enough to be on the ground at the convention.


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.