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Overwatch artist gives Officer Brigitte a new partner with Bastion concept skin

Published: 18/Jun/2019 23:04 Updated: 18/Jun/2019 23:23

by Bill Cooney

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One artist and major new patch and Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge starting, there’s also a surprising amount of police-themed Overwatch content today.

Around the same time a new Cops and Robbers Workshop mode was shared, concept artist Jarold Sng came out with an awesome concept for a skin that makes Bastion look like something out of RoboCop.

Jarold SngThis is what the Police Bastions look like as they roll off the factory floor (probably).

“You have 20 seconds to comply”

First off, Police Bastion looks incredible with a black and white paint scheme and a red and blue siren on either shoulder.

His Recon weapon has been made to look like an actual gun, and his turret looks even deadlier as a minigun sitting on his back.

Sng said he wanted to make the concept “almost like a Paul Verhoeven 80s action crime film (Think: RoboCop/Total Recall) with Bastion as a robotic lead.”

Police Bastion looks pretty intimidating and he would probably fit in perfectly in an automated, dystopian police force, which seems to be exactly what Sng was going for.

Jarold SngBe careful, or Jeff will send officer Bastion after you.

Get a new Baptiste skin during the Recall Challenge

Along with the June 18 Patch, Overwatch also started Baptiste’s Recall Challenge, which allows players to unlock a new, limited-time Baptiste skin by winning nine games in Quick Play, Arcade or Competitive.

The Recall Challenge goes from June 18 to July 1 and once it’s over the new “Combat Medic” Baptiste skin will be unavailable, so players should get it while they can.

Even though Police Bastion isn’t a real skin yet, Blizzard seems to enjoy turning heroes into cops, so there’s a chance we could see something similar someday.

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Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.