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Overwatch League cancels South Korean events amid Coronavirus concerns

Published: 24/Feb/2020 3:20 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:22

by Isaac McIntyre


The Overwatch League has officially canceled plans to host the competition in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7 due to ongoing Coronavirus concerns surrounding the region, league officials confirmed on February 23.

The premier Overwatch competition had already canceled all homestand events in Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou on January 29, but had held off delaying or canceling the Seoul Dynasty homestand event, until now.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff, we are canceling plans to host Overwatch League 2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, including the Seoul Dynasty home event,” the OWL announced.

This means all matches scheduled to be played as part of the Week 5 event at Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, as well as all previously delayed Chinese homestand fixtures which had been moved to South Korea in Weeks 6 and 7, have been canceled.

Dynasty, who had been in line to play host to six matches over March 7-8, including their home games against the Los Angeles and defending champions San Francisco, also issued a statement regarding the cancellation.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, and staff, we will no longer be holding the March Seoul Dynasty Homestand event in Seoul on March 7th and 8th,” the org wrote on Twitter on February 23.

“We are working with the league on rescheduling these matches, and will share more information through the league when available. We are making every effort to ensure our players’ well-being and safety. Please stay safe during this difficult time.”

The Dynasty also thanked fans for their “understanding,” and confirmed anyone who had purchased tickets for the homestand would be issued a full refund. “We will have more details on the refund process this week,” the org added.

The OWL isn’t the only esports league to have been affected by new concerns surrounding the Coronavirus, now named Covid-19, this week either.

The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) production team had a scare during its February 23 matchday, when stage host Mina Kim reportedly began feeling ill. She was “taken away” and placed in quarantine soon after.

China’s top-flight League competition, the LPL, is also still on hiatus after the decision to put the tournament on hold. Teams have begun playing weekly televised scrims, but no official matches have been played since January 19.

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As many as half a dozen teams have yet to play a match in the 2020 OWL season.

Atlanta, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Seoul, and Shanghai all have yet to play a match to begin their 2020 OWL season. Meanwhile, some orgs, including Houston, and undefeated pacesetters Philadelphia, have played as many as four.

Blizzard has yet to announce when the delayed Chinese and South Korean matches will take place, but it’s likely the two-dozen plus series will now be moved to an event or events in the United States, pending league confirmation.


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.