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Overwatch players are already creating nicknames for Baptiste’s abilities

Published: 22/Mar/2019 20:16 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 21:00

by Bill Cooney

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Baptiste has been live in Overwatch for less than a week, and players are already coming up with names for the heroes long ability names.

Baptiste was released to PC, Xbox, and PS4 on March 19 after spending roughly a month on Overwatch’s PTR.

Now that players have had the chance to try the newest support hero and his abilities out, some are already coming up with more convenient ways of referring to his abilities.

Blizzard EntertainmentScreaming “Matrix, Matrix!” in chat could get a little confusing.

Possible nicknames for Immortality Field

A good number of players on Reddit, judging by upvotes, seem to think xlShadylx’s suggestion to call Baptiste’s Immortality Field “lamp” is a good start, plus it provides plenty of opportunity for “I love lamp” jokes mid game.

The lamp name, Shady wrote, was inspired by Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan stories of Baptiste’s early development, when a literal lamp was used as the model for the Immortality Field generator.

“In a game last night, not even thinking about it, I said “hit the lamp!” as our Rip Tire was being sent in and everyone around instinctively started shooting at it,” Shady wrote on Reddit. “Afterwards they continued to call it the lamp. Quick and easy to say.”

Another popular suggestion for the abilities nickname was “drone”, which also makes plenty of sense, as far as nicknames go.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste, looking for a place to drop lamp (probably).

What is Immortality Field?

Immortality Field is one of Baptiste’s abilities, and it deploys a floating generator that prevents any ally within range from dying for eight seconds. 

Whether or not the lamp nickname will catch on is up to Overwatch players, but it’s certainly easier to say than “Immortality Field”.

Baptiste won’t be available in competitive until Tuesday, April 2, which is plenty of time for players to figure out how they want to refer to both the hero and his kit.

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Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.