Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Provides an Update on the Torbjörn Rework - Dexerto

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan Provides an Update on the Torbjörn Rework

Published: 29/Jun/2018 14:41 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 17:42

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan has commented on the state of the Torbjörn rework.

Kaplan revealed that a Torbjörn rework is still in progress, but that nothing is set in stone yet.

In recent months Blizzard has been making a big push to bring various existing heroes into a better place for the current state of the game. Much has changed in the two years since Overwatch has released – including the addition of six entirely new heroes, with a seventh on the way – so it’s no surprise that many need updating.

Both Hanzo and Symmetra have recently received major overhauls, while some significant Sombra changes also went live with the most recent patch. It’s been known that a Torbjörn rework has been on the cards for some time, but no details of what this might entail, or when it might arrive, have announced.

It appears the silence on Torbjörn might simply have been because Blizzard hasn’t yet figured out what direction they want to take him in.

“We don’t have details but it is one of the things that’s actively being worked on. We’ve tried dozens of new abilities and tweaks to the turrets and his gun so far. We have some interesting leads but nothing is solidified yet. I know you’re anxious to hear more details than that but he’s really in a state of flux right now and changing rapidly day to day. When things start to settle down, we’ll communicate more.”

The Hanzo and Symmetra changes demonstrate that Blizzard is willing to work with entirely new abilities and even, as in the case of the latter, fundamentally change the hero’s playstyle. When the Torbjörn overhaul does arrive, it’s very possible that he could be a very different hero.


How to use OP Torb turret placement in Overwatch Junkenstein’s Revenge

Published: 28/Oct/2020 0:20

by Bill Cooney


Junkenstein’s Revenge is one of the best ways to earn loot boxes during Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event, and there are a few spots for Torbjorn’s turret you should probably know about.

Halloween in Overwatch means plenty of new skins to unlock, including the Ragdoll Echo skin, which is now available until the event ends on November 3.

The only way to unlock the DPS hero’s new skin though is to win 9 games in any mode. If you stick to quick play and competitive this could easily take one or even two whole days, but if you simply grind them out in Junkenstein’s Revenge, the wins will only take a couple of hours instead.

Even though the seasonal PvE survival mode goes quicker than regular matches, you can definitely still lose if you don’t have the right team comp. This means that at all difficulty levels, Torbjorn is still a must-pick for his turret and it’s constant damage output.

Torbjorn Halloween Terror skin
Blizzard Entertainment
You won’t get far in the harder difficulties of Junkenstein’s without Torb.

As for where to put this powerful, Zomnic-slaying device, there are several options that all work quite well, and are all fairly easy to pull off too – like on top of the overturned cart right down the middle lane. It has a commanding line of sight for the middle and left staircase spawns, and even covers part of the pond on the right side.

The best part of this spot might be the fact that it’s too close for Zombardiers to immediately target it, and it will hold boss aggro for as long as it’s around.

Next, placing the turret on the railing right on top of the left-hand stairs also gives it a great shot at all three spawns instead of just two, and gives you the ability to run up there and repair it when needed.

Finally, if you’re looking for something extra flashy to really impress your teammates, there’s even a way to get the turret up to the wooden platform just above the door where Widow and Ashe usually hang out.

Step by step for best turret placement in JR from Overwatch

Like in the clip above, head up the stairs to the right and go on to the platform they lead to (the place we all used to place the turret). Then head to the ledge closest to the door and aim at the ridge on the tower above the platform, straight up from the bush on the right side.

Another option is to jump from the edge and throw it at the apex of Torb’s leap if you have trouble getting it there while standing still. Toss it up, and your little guy is all set to rain down death on the army of undead charging the gates, and hopefully unlock that Echo skin a little bit quicker.