Overwatch community reacts to massive patch — is double barrier broken? - Dexerto

Overwatch community reacts to massive patch — is double barrier broken?

Published: 25/Sep/2019 16:35 Updated: 25/Sep/2019 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Blizzard updated Overwatch’s Public Test Realm with a massive patch on September 24 with nerfs and buffs across the board for multiple heroes. But will it be enough to kill the effectiveness of the meta-defining double barrier comp that has plagued ladder and professional play?

Ever since Sigma was added to Overwatch alongside role queue, players started running him with an Orisa on the tank front making a seemingly impenetrable wall of barriers that rendered many heroes useless offensively.

One hero that benefited from the double barrier play was Doomfist because his attacks allow him to bypass barriers. As a result, extremely skilled Doomfist players such as Overwatch League MVP Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won have dominated with the hero. 

Overwatch LeagueBarriers have completely taken over Overwatch.

The PTR changes saw several nerfs to Sigma, Orisa and Doomfist. While Blizzard is clearly trying to scale back the up-time of barriers, it’s unclear whether or not this will be enough to shift the meta in another direction. It’s also possible that the nerfs to Doomfist – who is a major counter to double barrier yet still played with it — could actually have the opposite effect and make double barrier even stronger.

While it’s still in its early days, a lot of pros and high profile community members have weighed in on the PTR patch with differing opinions. 

Houston Outlaws star Jacob ‘Jake’ Lyon doesn’t think the changes will be enough and believes that the patch will just make Bastion and Mei more optimal than Reaper and Doomfist.

Former Swedish star Jonathan ‘Reinforce’ Larsson said the patch looks amazing, but advised everyone to give it some time before a meta shift develops. 

With two to four weeks of playtesting, players should figure things out, the tank player suggested. 

Contenders DPS Carter was happy with the patch, but doesn’t think the nerfs to Sigma were enough and thinks more changes will be needed. 

Another star DPS player and YouTube streamer Samito echoed Carter’s thoughts and doesn’t believe the tank nerfs will change much. 

Contenders commentator Andrew ‘ZP’ Rush took things in a whole different direction balance wise and advocated for hero bans – a feature some within the community believe is the safest way to shift the meta.

Hero bans have been a requested feature and has received some experimentation in third-party events such as those run by ELO Hell and the Amateur Gamers organization.

We’ll have to see what happens with the patch in organized play before we know exactly what to expect, but at this moment it’s anyone’s guess.

It took role lock to kill GOATs even after a series of nerfs, so it’s unclear what the future will hold if double barrier remains the go-to team composition going into the Overwatch World Cup at Blizzcon. 


How to find cute new Overwatch Halloween easter egg at Chateau Guillard

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:47

by Theo Salaun


During the spookiest time of the year, Overwatch’s fans have discovered a cute, quaint easter egg in the game’s Chateau Guillard map, which has enjoyed a Halloween makeover.

Overwatch’s developers over at Blizzard do not take October’s biggest holiday for granted, as they celebrate the costume and candy festivities each year with reworked maps and new cosmetics.

This year, players have taken to exploring the Halloween version of Chateau Guillard, and are appreciating the various adjustments.

Now set under moonlight, the extensive French chateau most popularly known for deathmatch custom games is also becoming known for spooky Halloween details. Having released in 2018’s event, players are still making discoveries in the version of Chateau Guillard at night.

Normally, people get distracted by the fog and darkness, or maybe the jack-o’-lanterns and subterranean coffin.

But, taking a trip to the red study room, Redditor ‘YHJ_JYG_Kryptlock’ has discovered a neat little Overwatch easter egg involving candle wicks.

red study room chateau guillard overwatch
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The new Halloween easter egg appears in Chateau Guillard’s red study room.

As they demonstrate in the clip below, if you shoot each wick of the candelabra, the candles will briefly light. It’s nothing crazy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a neat addition to an already detailed revamped map.

To find this easter egg, you’ll first need to find the red study room.

If you’re facing inward to the chateau from the outdoor area with a jump pad and statue, this room will be toward the back right as you enter. If you’re on the opposite end, at the balcony’s health pack, this will be to your left as you enter the chateau.

How to find Chateau Guillard’s Halloween easter egg

  1. Head to the red study room
  2. Locate the standing candelabra, in the back right of the room at the corner near the bookshelf
  3. Shoot the candle wicks
  4. Enjoy the lit candles
  5. Make a wish?

If you shoot the candles wicks in Château Guillard (Halloween) you will light them on fire. from Overwatch

Ultimately, it’s a very simple easter egg, but a cute one. In a map covered in so much dreary darkness thanks to Halloween, lighting candles is a nice contrast.

Of course, it also makes for a decent party trick. So if you load into custom games, feel free to impress your friends by showing off your detailed map knowledge.