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Overwatch player reveals hilarious truth about Zarya’s stun

Published: 27/Apr/2020 22:45

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch player has found that Zarya’s movement after being stunned is different than any other hero in the game, which can make her a harder target to hit.

There are a few abilities in Overwatch that temporarily stun heroes, the most notable being Brigitte’s Shield Bash and McCree’s Flashbang Grenade.

Almost every hero reacts the same way to being stunned: they snap their heads back before returning to their original position – except for Zarya, that is.

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Go ahead and stun her, see if she cares.

As Reddit user TheStormsFury demonstrated, only she has an additional movement along with the stun animation that can make her tougher to headshot.

I was wondering why I’ve been having trouble double-clicking Zarya’s head after flashbanging her,” Fury explained. “Turns out her stun animation is somewhat different.”

As Fury’s video shows, Zarya (besides having a tiny head) also moves her head back, to the front, which is unlike any other hero’s stun animation.

I was wondering why I’ve been having trouble double clicking Zarya’s head after flashbanging her, turns out her stun animation is somewhat different from r/Overwatch

As you can probably guess, this makes Zarya harder to headshot after a stun, the main way of taking out incapacitated enemies with McCree, since her animation isn’t what players are used to.

Players have complained for years that the Russian tank is more difficult to crit than others, but this example does a great job of showing how it’s actually true, in one situation at least.

If you’re playing as Brigitte, though, you don’t need to worry about the animation at all, since her weapon can’t register critical hits in the first place.

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Brigitte doesn’t care about headshots, she can spam her mace and be just fine.

It’s unknown how long Zarya has reacted to stuns like this, but it very likely could have been around from day one, and TheStormsFury has just been the first one to prove there is a difference.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.