Overwatch player creates perfect improvement for Genji’s dash

Published: 11/Jun/2019 13:34 Updated: 11/Jun/2019 14:31

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has used the Workshop to create an epic animation adjustment for Genji’s Swift Strike.

Genji’s Swift Strike, more commonly referred to simply as his ‘dash’, sees him dart swiftly forwards, dealing damage to any players he passes through. The ability cooldown resets whenever he gets an elimination, allowing him to potentially dash back and forth with a well-timed use among an enemy group.

Prominent Workshop creator DarwinStreams has now used the feature to create an updated version of the ability that would give players a greater sense of what Genji is actually doing when he dashes forward.

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The Workshop doesn’t give players the ability to truly adjust hero animations, as there’s no way to edit character models or movements. What is possible, however, is to adjust the camera angle, which Darwin used to improve Genji’s dash animation.

In the Workshop version, instead of remaining in first-person view for the ability, the camera quickly shifts to a third-person perspective, allowing players to see the dash being performed rather than just experiencing the camera moving forward, before returning to first person to allow play to continue seamlessly.

Genji Dash Animation Rework [workshop by DarwinStreams ft. Necros] from r/Overwatch

The adjustment is purely visual, as players can’t perform any other action during the dash and therefore aren’t prevented from doing anything during the new animation that they would otherwise be capable of.

The change would also technically be a minor buff for Genji, as the brief third-person perspective switch would give the player a slightly better view of their surroundings. For a hero who is so heavily based on movement and positioning, allowing for better target acquisition and planning their next moves could be quite valuable.

Darwin is one of the Workshop’s most prolific creators. Since the feature’s release to the Public Test Realm (PTR), he’s developed everything from fun modes like D.Va Racing, to training modes for heroes like Ana and Reinhardt, and even introduced interesting mechanics like target-seeking and steerable variations of rockets.

Blizzard haven’t announced whether they’ll ever add support for making map or character edits to the Workshop, but changes like this for Genji demonstrate that it’s already possible to make some updates with a bit of creativity.


Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.