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Overwatch fans slam Blizzard over “garbage” Summer Games event

Published: 17/Jul/2019 19:33 Updated: 18/Jul/2019 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s summer and once again Overwatch has begun its Summer Games event. While the skins have been a big hit, like always, the player base is beginning to feel the event is too repetitive and similar to previous years.

A post on r/Overwatch titled “Four years in and ‘Summer Games’ is still just ‘Summer Game’” has been upvoted over 7,000 times. The post title is a reference to the fact Lucio Ball – the big exclusive game mode of the event – has remained the only game mode since the event’s inception. 

“I don’t mean to insult Jeff and the team. I know you guys wake up every day and go to work trying to make something that we will find entertaining. But what you keep providing for the Summer ‘Games’ isn’t it,” the post reads. 

“Between Year 1 and Year 2 you made some gameplay changes. Sure. That’s fine. Lucioball was well received Year 1. Refine it and see how it goes. But Year 2 to Year 3 just had Competitive. That’s not interesting. And now Year 3 to Year 4 just offers weekly challenges. That’s new, but it’s not interesting,” user thepuppeter wrote.

“Winter Wonderland got a completely new minigame between Year 1 and Year 2 due to player response. How is it, that after 4 years, there’s still been nothing done in response to Summer Games?” the post continued. 

Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch fans are loving the Summer Games skins – but the event itself not so much

One reason for this could be the fact that the original Summer Games event started on August 2, three days before the 2016 Olympic Games. Skins for the first event were more geared towards each character’s country of origin.

YouTuber Blame the Controller also voiced his displeasure on Twitter. 

“Here’s the thing about @PlayOverwatch #SummerGames being garbage. If @Blizzard_Ent has something big to release later then they should have come out and said as much,” the YouTuber complained.

He suggested that Blizzard should at least keep players informed with their plans, and make some promises that there will be better content to come, to save prolonged disappointment.

Team UK GM and content creator Stylosa made a video on his UnitLost channel voicing his disappointment with the event.  

“This year the amount of skins we got is very low,” he said. “We do have the insane Torbjorn skin… but that’s all we really get. Then we get the three mini weekly events. The current one that’s running right now, you can unlock the amazing, and I’m not saying this sarcastically, it is a pretty good skin, the American Reaper skin. You just have to win 9 games… but are you going to play Lucio Ball? I mean, am I going to play Lucio Ball? I played it to record footage for this video, but that’s kind of it.” 

This continues a pattern of Overwatch events not feeling fresh. Even the last Archives event, which did provide a new story mission in the form of Storm Rising was criticized by the community as not being long enough or as engaging as previous missions.

With rumours of Overwatch 2 being announced at Blizzcon in November, it will be interesting to see what the future holds is for Overwatch’s event schedule.

The next event, unless Blizzard changes its release schedule or introduces something new, will most likely be Halloween Terror.


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.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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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.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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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.