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One Overwatch hero proving to be “devastatingly good” after latest PTR patch

Published: 13/Jan/2019 14:58 Updated: 13/Jan/2019 15:13

by David Purcell


Overwatch’s recent PTR patch has some great winners and some sorry losers, but one stands out from them all having received a tremendous buff that’s made the character very effective indeed. 

New changes included nerfs for both Brigitte and D.Va, which was good news for players who had been longing for those tweaks for quite some time, but a boost for one hero could make it a more popular selection moving forward. 

Your Overwatch has released a video on YouTube, breaking down the most significant highlights of the January 7 update and it seems that Reaper might be on the brink of turning into the next Doomfist – who was nerfed in the Winter Wonderland patch in December of last year for being overpowered. 

BlizzardReaper, the Overwatch hero who can tear enemies apart with its twin shotguns.

This new update will still leave Reaper exposed to the likes of a pro level Lucio, who can just move Reaper out of the way, and the hero will still be hurt by powerful range damage characters. However, in other areas of battle, it’s a different story. 

“In the ranked context, Reaper is going to destroy things and I’ll tell you why. There’s a few matchups that I think you’re going to be utterly shocked at how well Reaper can take them, when you know what you’re doing” the narrator explains in the video below. 

The best duel, he believes, to indicate the new strengths of Reaper is against McCree where – if you keep your distance – you’ll be able to read and dodge the character with ease. 

His hammer won’t do enough damage to kill you and Reaper can then outheal McCree’s body shots, giving it a huge advantage in battles after this latest patch. 


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.