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Overwatch developer responds to Reaper’s PTR changes

Published: 26/Oct/2018 23:33 Updated: 26/Oct/2018 23:37

by Bill Cooney


After the recent PTR update, Overwatch players noticed a number of things, including what seemed to be nerfs made to Reaper not noted in the patch notes, now Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan has clarified these changes were never meant as nerfs and would be addressed soon.

The changes to Reaper were noticed soon after the PTR update went live, and users soon figured out they were a nerf to his previous abilities.


In a comment on the official Blizzard Forums on October 26, Kaplan clarified that the Reaper changes were meant to make him more reliable and were never meant as nerfs.

“We’ve changed the spread pattern and adjusted the distribution of the bullets,” Kaplan wrote. “This will go to PTR with the next update. All of the changes to Reaper were done with the intention of making him more reliable. None were intended as nerfs.”


Kaplan was responding to a player who made a post on the forum pointing out that Reaper’s PTR update was a nerf, and did not improve the hero.

Ever since the changes were discovered Reaper mains have been taking to forums, youtube videos, and anywhere else they can be heard to voice their displeasure with them.

The quick response by Kaplan shows that these changes were never actually intended to make Reaper weaker, and should be fixed soon.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.