Overwatch fans can now pre-order an official replica of Genji's sword - Dexerto
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Overwatch fans can now pre-order an official replica of Genji’s sword

Published: 21/Sep/2018 1:18 Updated: 21/Sep/2018 1:23

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch fans can now pre-order a replica of Genji’s sword.

The latest addition to Blizzard’s line of Overwatch merchandise is a premium replica of the sword Genji wields for his ultimate ability, complete with LEDs and motion sound effects.

The sword costs $200 and is expected to ship by December 15th, in time for the holiday season. 

The replica sword is nearly 47 inches long with a half-inch blade, and is made of PVC, ABS, alloy and electronic chips. The handle features a switch to light up the blade, and a button to trigger Genji’s iconic ultimate line, “Ryūjin no ken o kurae”. The sword also comes with a sheathe and a stand for display.

Genji’s blade is in rather distinguished company as far as Blizzard replica weapons are concerned, with previous examples including the likes of the Lich King’s Frostmourne and Thrall’s Doomhammer, both from the Warcraft universe,. Both are even more dear than Genji’s sword, so if you’re looking for a premium replica from a Blizzard title, this latest offering is something of a steal in comparison.

Blizzard’s description of the replica highlights that it’s not a toy – this is really a product designed primarily for display. For fans that want more interactive merchandise, Blizzard has teamed up with Nerf to produce Nerf Rival Overwatch replica guns, which are set to release in 2019. The first of the line, a replica of Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns, was revealed in July.

The replica of Genji’s sword is now available for pre-order on the Blizzard store.

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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.