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Overwatch community split over controversial hero ban leaks

Published: 21/Jan/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community has mixed reactions at the prospect of hero bans, after notorious leaker Metro said the feature was coming in a future update.

Metro, who had leaked details about Overwatch 2 prior to its reveal at BlizzCon 2019, claimed on Twitter that the developers had been working on hero bans “for a while.” He did note, however, that his source was different than the one he had feeding him information about BlizzCon.

Adding to the speculation of hero bans was a very timely tweet by former professional StarCraft player-turned-President of Gaming at The Kraft Group, Chris ‘HuK’ Loranger. On Friday, January 17 – only three days before the hero ban leaks – HuK voiced his support for hero bans.

Widowmaker falls from the sky ready to snipe a target on Kings Row
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Could heroes like Widowmaker be a popular ban in ranked?

The Canadian recommended several different ways hero bans could be implemented into Blizzard’s FPS title and stated that the feature would add “strategy and variance” to the game.

Popular YouTuber YourOverwatch voiced his support for hero bans, at least in pro play, but wondered if the same necessity would be applied to standard ranked play.

Full-time streamer Kephri, known for his outrageous Widowmaker play, was also supportive, writing that he hopes hero bans happen so people get even angrier when they lose to him on something other than his main.

However, not everyone was in favor. Overwatch League host Soe Gschwind said that she believes the game would need a bunch more heroes to “reap the benefits and strategic depth such a system brings with it.”

Houston Outlaws DPS Jiri ‘LiNkzr’ Masalin had some mixed thoughts too. He claimed that hero bans could be “fatal” to teams with a locked roster. “Imagine swapping in Widow specialist and you just ban Widow,” he joked.

That said, he was ultimately in favor of bans because the game would be more fun.

It will be interesting to see what happens with hero bans, if they are in face implemented and when. Looking back to role lock, it was added to the Overwatch League before it ever came to the live game, so it’s possible for history to repeat itself.

Hero bans would be as massive of a change to the game as both hero limits and role lock were so we’ll have to wait and see exactly how it plays out.


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
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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
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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.