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Overwatch leaker claims hero bans are coming soon

Published: 20/Jan/2020 21:57 Updated: 21/Jan/2020 12:48

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch leaker Metro revealed he’s received information that a major update will be coming to the game in the next few weeks.

Metro was one of the main leakers that shared information about Overwatch 2 before the game debuted at BlizzCon 2019.

Rumors of a substantial update have been circulating in the Overwatch community since streamer Emongg teased viewers that something big was in the works.

Metro claimed in a January 20 Tweet that hero bans were something the dev team have been working to bring to the game.

“Big update for OW is rumored in a few weeks,” Metro wrote. “It is very likely that hero bans will be added to the game as the dev team has been working on them for a while!”

They did warn everyone to take this prediction “with a grain of salt,” which is always a good thing to do with these kinds of unconfirmed leaks.

“Take this with a grain of salt, it’s a source different from the Blizzcon leaks,” Metro cautioned. “I do know they are working on hero bans and a bigger update is coming soon though, would make sense if it is the same thing!”

Exactly how hero bans would be implemented into Overwatch, which has never included the feature before, remains to be seen, but if developers have been working on it for a while as Metro said, it will be interesting to see how they make it work.

Blizzard - Overwatch2020 could be a big year, even if Overwatch 2 doesn’t come out.

While hero bans would certainly be a huge addition to Overwatch, Metro hinted that it might only be part of the “big” update coming in a few weeks.

We don’t have exact dates for any upcoming Overwatch changes, but Tuesdays and Thursdays are usually the days the game gets updates, so keep an eye on the patch notes and stick with Dexerto for more information.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.