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Overwatch pays homage to France World Cup win with easter egg on Paris map

Published: 7/Feb/2019 16:51 Updated: 7/Feb/2019 16:59

by David Purcell

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France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup final win was a moment celebrated by the entire nation and it seems the Overwatch team has added something to the new Paris map to commemorate it as well. 

The French national team clinched the country’s second World Cup trophy, ending a 20 year wait with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.

Now that the celebrations have long come to an end, it looks like one of the Overwatch designers has added an easter egg to the game’s new Paris map to pay homage to the historic win. 

Another looks at the new Paris map, which was added to Overwatch PTR on January 30.

The hidden design touch, which was spotted and posted to the Overwatch subreddit user Trininja9, shows two gold stars hidden behind a soccer ball on the streets of the capital city. 

“I found a thing on the new Paris map. I don’t know if it means anything, but I figured I’d put it out there,” Trininja9 posted. 

While many Reddit users have speculated about the reason behind the inclusion of the stars, it does very much look like France’s triumph has made its mark on the new map – which is a nice touch for fans of the sport and the National team. 

I found a thing on the new Paris map.. IDK if it means anything but I figured I’d put it out there from r/Overwatch

“Winning the world championship in football (soccer) gives you one star. In 2018 France won its second,” one user explained. Another said: “The Brits, Germans and Italians are going to be angry about this.” 

England reached the semi-final of the competition, but were eliminated by eventual finalists Croatia in a 2-1 extra-time defeat. Germany crashed out at the group stages after winning just one of their three games. As for the Italian soccer team, they never qualified for the World Cup in 2018. 

All eyes will soon turn to Season 2 of the Overwatch League, though, which is set to kick off on February 14. 

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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.

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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.