Overwatch

Overwatch Jan 28 update massively nerfs Zenyatta, Echo & more: patch notes

Published: 28/Jan/2021 19:27 Updated: 28/Jan/2021 19:31

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has gone live on PC, PS4, Xbox and Nintendo Switch consoles, bringing in some major nerfs to some of the game’s most powerful heroes.

Many of the nerfs and changes in this update seem to come after the complaints of many tank players who claimed that Zenyatta and Echo were making ranked hell.

As such, the Overwatch devs decided to give those tanks what they wanted and specifically targeted Zenyatta, Echo and even Tracer with some big changes.

The big loser this patch has to be the Omnic monk Zenyatta. Once more, his Orb of Discord is being nerfed down from 30% to 25%. This should give tanks a bit of an easier time surviving against its damage amplification effects.

Aztech Zenyatta skin
Blizzard Entertainment
Zenyatta has lost a lot of his power.

That’s not all, though. His Discord and Harmony Orb projectile speeds have been reduced. This means that it will take just a bit longer to get the orbs onto enemies or teammates – the latter of which will result in a bit less healing.

Overall, these changes will also mean that Zenyatta’s Transcendence Ultimate will be up less often as he will no longer be doing the same levels of damage or healing as before.

Next, Echo has also been hit with nerfs in two big areas. Her Tri-Shot ammo capacity has been reduced from 15 to 12, which should force her to reload more often, thereby lowing her damage output.

Tracer flips in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Tracer’s damage falloff has been hit with a nerf.

Focusing Beam has also been nerfed, with its duration now going from 2.5 seconds to just 2. Now, players should be prepared to make sure they can confirm a kill with the ability when a target is below half health.

Finally, Tracer’s range got hit with some nerfs. Pulse Pistols damage falloff has been rescaled from 13-23 meters down to 12-20 meters. This should make the speedy DPS hero less of a threat at medium range.

Full patch notes:

HERO UPDATES

Echo

Tri-Shot

  • Ammo reduced from 15 to 12

Focusing Beam

  • Duration reduced from 2.5 seconds to 2 seconds

Developer Comments: Echo’s kit is designed around mobility and burst damage but she was performing too well against high health targets, such as tanks. Reducing the maximum firing duration of her primary weapon and Focusing Beam will lower her sustained damage output without impacting her burst damage potential against squishier targets.

Tracer

Pulse Pistols

  • Min-Max damage falloff rescaled from 13-23 meters down to 12-20 meters

Developer Comments: This new falloff range causes the damage to scale down faster when targets are outside of Tracer’s optimal distance, making her less threatening at mid-range.

Zenyatta

Orb of Harmony

  • Projectile speed reduced from 120 to 90

Orb of Discord

  • Projectile speed reduced from 120 to 90
  • Damage amplification reduced from 30% to 25%

Developer Comments: Zenyatta has been a bit too effective at enabling team-wide damage output lately so we’re taking some power out of the Orb of Discord by reducing both its total damage amplification as well as the speed at which it can be applied over long distances. The new projectile speed now matches that of his primary fire, Orb of Destruction.

Call of Duty

Warzone Season 2 Outbreak Event: rewards, how to play, dates, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 6:53

by Brad Norton

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To kick off Season 2 in Warzone, there’s a limited-time event for you to sink your teeth into. The Zombie-focused takeover known as ‘The Outbreak Event’ comes with new rewards, fresh loot, and plenty more. Here’s everything we know.

With the dawn of a new season in Warzone comes a heaping serve of fresh content. With Zombies taking over Verdansk and a new mode sending hordes to Fireteam maps, the undead are everywhere in Season 2.

The first thing you’ll notice upon booting up Warzone in Season 2 is a brand new event. The Outbreak Event is a limited-time takeover for the start of the new period in-game.

From event-specific rewards to limited-time modes, and everything in between, here’s what you need to know.

Warzone Season 2 The Outbreak Event: Dates

Warzone Outbreak Event
Activision
The Outbreak Event is now live in Warzone and BOCW.

Having started at the very beginning of Season 2, you’ll need to get in quickly with this limited-time event. The Outbreak Event is already live in Warzone and runs through until Thursday, March 11 at 10 AM PT.

That gives players roughly two weeks to unlock every item and complete all of the unique challenges on offer. 

Warzone Season 2 The Outbreak Event: Rewards

Warzone Outbreak Event
Activision
There’s plenty on offer throughout The Outbreak Event.

Similar to previous events in Warzone, there’s plenty on offer here. Your typical Stickers, Emblems, Calling Cards, and Charms are all up for grabs. Additionally, there are also exclusive Weapon Blueprints for The Outbreak Event.

In total, there are 18 unique items available throughout the brief takeover. Below is a complete rundown on every item along with how you unlock them.

  • Gas Mask – Charm: In Outbreak, successfully exfil 3 times
  • Aim for the Head – Calling Card: In Warzone, kill 20 Zombies with headshots
  • Amigos – Sticker: In Outbreak, eliminate 250 Zombies
  • Cleaning Supplies – Charm: In Warzone, eliminate 20 Zombies
  • Dark Aether – Accessory: In Outbreak, eliminate 10 elites
  • Strange Emission – Emblem: In Warzone, use lethal equipment to kill 8 Zombies
  • Grasp for Power – Sticker: In Outbreak, open 25 chests
  • Skull Survivor – Emblem: In Warzone, use vehicles to eliminate 3 Zombies
  • Pure Anguish – Charm: In Outbreak, complete 3 World Events
  • Heads Blazin’ – Sticker: In Warzone, eliminate 5 Zombies in a single match 3 times
  • On the Move – Calling Card: In Outbreak, Wrap 10 times
  • Shotgun Eliminations – Calling Card: In Warzone, use Shotguns to eliminate 8 Zombies
  • Special Eliminations – Calling Card: In Outbreak, eliminate 3 Special Zombies
  • One Punch, Two Punch – Calling Card: In Warzone, rapidly kill 2 or more Zombies 2 times\
  • Not the Last – Emblem: In Outbreak, use vehicles to eliminate 100 Zombies
  • Immolation – Emblem: In Warzone, use Pistols to eliminate 8 Zombies
  • Stitched Together – Charm: In Outbreak, complete 10 objectives
  • Quick Elimination – Calling Card: In Warzone, eliminate 8 Zombies before the first circle closes

How to play The Outbreak Event in Warzone Season 2

Warzone Outbreak Event
Activision
Whether you play BOCW or Warzone, you’ll have access to The Outbreak Event.

This brand new event is available to players across both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombie-themed mode of the same name. 

If you own the full version of Treyarch’s latest title, you’ll be able to tick off challenges until the final day on March 11. However, if you’re a free-to-play Warzone player, you’ve still got every chance to see and do it all.

To celebrate the launch of the new Outbreak mode, Treyarch has made it free to all Warzone players from February 25 to March 4.

Be sure to jump in quickly and get everything done before it’s too late. Once this limited-time event disappears, these rewards will likely be gone forever.

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