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New Overwatch short story teases upcoming Baptiste skin

Published: 17/Jun/2019 19:14 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 19:35

by Bill Cooney

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A new Overwatch short story gives fans a nice bit of lore on Baptiste as well as previewing an upcoming skin for the game’s latest hero.

Baptiste was released on March 19 and quickly made his mark on the game while becoming a fan-favorite at the same time.

Now, Blizzard has released another short story similar to “Bastet” that details Baptiste going on a mission in Haiti with some of his old Talon buddies as well as teasing a new skin for the hero.

From left to right: Baptiste, Mauga and Nguyen in “What you left behind”.

What did Baptiste leave behind?

We know from his origin story that Baptiste was a member of Talon but “What you left behind” details how he got out of the organization after a mission gone wrong.

It also follows Baptiste, his former Talon teammate Mauga, who’s basically a Talon Heavy Assault, and their handler Nguyen in Haiti as they track down a pharmaceutical boss who’s been ripping off the people of Port-de-Paix and Talon at the same time.

The story also tells us about how he gets into contact with Overwatch, which has just received Winston’s Recall notice, and even features an appearance from Sombra, who we’ve been told is good friends with Baptiste.

More importantly, a brand-new Baptiste skin was teased at the end of the story that features a full face mask and crisp, white armor that’s sort of similar to his Talon skin from Archives, but without all the edginess.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste, in full medic mode from the “What you left behind” story.

When will we be able to get the new skin?

Overwatch will more than likely be holding a limited time event where players can earn the skin, similar to Ana’s Bastet Challenge and D.Va’s Nano Cola event.

According to files shared by Blizzard for the release of the short story, the event could be known as “Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge”, but so far we have no information on when it will start or end.

Getting any new Overwatch lore is always a big deal and fans will be eagerly waiting to find out when they can unlock the awesome new Baptiste skin.

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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.