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Overwatch crossover transforms Wrecking Ball into iconic Pokemon starter

Published: 14/Dec/2019 23:50 Updated: 4/May/2020 15:42

by Alan Bernal


A talented Overwatch fan created the most fitting way of introducing Pokemon-inspired skins to the game with an incredibly fitting crossover starring Wrecking Ball.

Blizzard routinely incorporates skin designs inspired by movies and some with subtle hints to other mega franchises in entertainment. The artistic portion of the fanbase have taken cues from the devs in creating reimaginings for the heroes in Overwatch.

There’s been a long history of skin designs that are so good that the community wonder what it would take to get it into the game, and this Pokemon crossover definitely is definitely hitting a high note with players.

BlizzardWrecking Ball has always given off some Pikachu vibes, but this design finally materializes it.

Taking some creative liberties with Hammond’s species, Reddit user ‘wucked’ revealed a “cursed” Hammond-Pikachu design which takes the Horizon Lunar Colony experiment and gives them a shocking twist.

Hammond can be seen donning yellow fur with red spots on his cheeks, and with the iconic tail of the mouse Pokemon.

While the rescheme only gets a little disturbing when zooming in, the concept as a whole is incredibly charming.

wucked via RedditThe crossover shows Wrecking Ball in the style of Pikachu with a huge Pokeball.

The hero’s modified escape pod also got a fitting upgrade as it’s now a gigantic Pokeball being maneuvered by the yellow Hammond.

Ash Ketchum’s reluctant starter Pokemon infamously rejected the idea of being confined in a Pokeball, and this kind of fits the same theme since Hammond spends a lot of time outside of his mechanical shell to taunt and gun down opponents.

Even though it only exists in concept, this was a design which instantly got attention from players around the Overwatch subreddit for how fitting it would be in the Nintendo Switch version of the game.

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Maybe skins like these could get more Switch players interested in Overwatch.

“Come on Blizzard. Give us this even if it’s a Switch exclusive,” user ‘Tobar26th’ said.

Not only would a platform-exclusive skin would be a perfect place to introduce this type of crossover, it would also be an immense help for more Switch players to pick up Overwatch on the handheld console.

This skin would be perfect for players to finally know how it feels for a Pokeball to ram you at high-speeds, making it a hilarious design that hopefully Blizzard considers.


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.

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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.”

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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.