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Overwatch devs reveal reasons for Dva buff & Brigitte nerf

Published: 24/Jun/2020 19:51

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch developers have explained their reasoning behind a series of buffs for popular off-tank Dva and nerfs for Brigitte and Ashe in a June 23 Experimental Mode patch.

While changes in the Experimental Mode normally go live a week or two after being tested, not all of them make the cut, as we saw with some changes to Moira that were ultimately scrapped earlier in June.

The buffs to Dva see her walk quicker while firing Fusion Canons, reduce her Defense Matrix cool down and let her fire Micro Missiles sooner with the delay cut in half.

According to Community Manager Molly Fender, these changes are intended to make Dva’s gameplay feel “fluid and agile” and “should allow for quicker reactions when using her guns and Defense Matrix.”

Ashe uses her Dynamite
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Ashe’s Dynamite was nerfed slightly.

The changes to Defense Matrix, in particular, are major as they will give skilled players more openings to deny enemy abilities and even Ultimates.

Meanwhile, the Brigitte nerfs are huge and she’s by far the biggest loser in the patch. With these changes, she will no longer be able to give allies additional armor health and Repair Pack will be exclusively a healing ability.

To compensate, Blizzard did increase her shield HP, but overall, the tweaks are widely considered to be a major net nerf to the controversial support hero.

Brigitte uses Shield Bash on Junkrat
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Brigitte’s Repair Pack got hit with a major nerf.

“We’ve been hearing feedback about Brigitte that she feels too powerful overall,” Fender explained on the official forums. “We’d like to try some changes intended to bring Brigitte’s balance more in-line with other supports.”

Finally, Ashe’s Dynamite saw its cooldown increased by two seconds, meaning it will take some time before players can use it again.

“Ashe is a bit too powerful overall,” Fender said. “We’re testing a change to increase the cooldown on her Dynamite to decrease her area-of-effect damage while keeping her single-target damage intact.”

It will be very interesting to see if these nerfs and buffs go through to the live version of the game, but Brigitte’s may be the one to keep a close eye on as it’s the most controversial in this patch.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.