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Overwatch creation makes Pharah the most overpowered hero to date

Published: 5/Dec/2019 5:48

by Brad Norton

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The most devastating aerial hero in Overwatch just got a whole lot stronger thanks to this ridiculous Workshop creation.

Pharah is a projectile-based Overwatch hero that requires a masterful control over timing and positioning. Yet this latest Workshop creation from an avid Overwatch fan throws every normality out the window and completely alters the potential of the sky-bound character.

Reminiscent of various other heroes and in the competitive hero shooter, this crazy Workshop idea brings a new version of Pharah to life and the results are nightmare-inducing. 

Blizzard - OverwatchPharah could become the most powerful DPS hero in all of Overwatch if this crazy change ever made it to the Live servers.

Showcased throughout a December 4 post, Reddit user yurodd’ demonstrated a new Workshop creation in effect that dramatically bolsters the impact of Pharah in battle.

Rather than needing a precise aim to land every projectile, this new concept gives Pharah’s rockets the ability to bounce off of multiple surfaces before exploding.

Similar to the likes of Junkrat and Sigma’s primary fire for instance, her new projectiles would be capable of bouncing around corners and splashing into multiple targets without ever really intending to. 

Demonstrated across Point B on Hanamura, a single projectile flies across the map and reflects dozens of times, dealing damage with each subsequent bounce. 

If an entire round of explosives were fired out simultaneously, one could only imagine the devastating potential of Pharah throughout all levels of competition, especially if the bouncing effect also applied to her Rocket Barrage ult. There would be projectiles flying across the map for the duration of any given match.

While Moira has clearly been a staple support character in recent metas due to her incredibly powerful orbs that can bounce around corners, Pharah would likely fall into the same echelon of popularity if a balance update ever adjusted her explosive projectiles. 

Blizzard - OverwatchPharah’s Overwatch 2 redesign has yet to be unveiled as Blizzard has been tight-lipped since their reveal at BlizzCon.

Fortunately, grounded heroes won’t have to worry about a random rocket flying at them from every direction as this insane concept is limited to the Workshop.

It’ll be fascinating to see how Pharah’s abilities are expanded upon in the PvE experience for Overwatch 2 however. Perhaps this bouncing rocket idea will be a perfect fit to take down the forces of Null Sector. 

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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.