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New York Excelsior’s JJoNak Dominates Overwatch League Stage 3 Zenyatta Stats

Published: 8/May/2018 7:11 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 15:14

by Joe O'Brien


New York Excelsior’s Bang ‘JJoNak’ continues to dominate the Overwatch League as Zenyatta.

JJoNak once again led the league statistically in almost every category compared to other Zenyatta players.

JJoNak came into the league as a rookie at the professional level, having been scouted by New York Excelsior through his play on the online competitive ladders. In the months since his debut, he’s established himself as one of the best players in the world.

It was actually Ana that JJoNak originally made his name on, but in the Overwatch League he has cemented himself as the leading Support player, perhaps even the best player at any role, with his exceptional Zenyatta play.

Though Zenyatta is technically a support hero, the thing that separates JJoNak from other players is his ability to output damage. Not only is he incredibly accurate with the right-click volley at range, but his capacity for out-dueling diving enemies at close-range leaves his opponents with no good options to deal with him.

JJoNak’s proficiency is so great that the Excelsior has actually built a unique playstyle around it, with him as the central star player. The team plays to maximise JJoNak’s effectiveness, and he’s delivered to the tune of two stage titles and a 27-3 regular season record.

Of course, JJoNak isn’t solely responsible for the incredible success the Excelsior have seen so far in the Overwatch League, but the numbers back up the fact that in JJoNak the team has a weapon that no other squad can directly match.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.