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Overwatch players show off their musical talents on the pianos in new map Paris

Published: 1/Feb/2019 14:55 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 15:17

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch players have wasted no time showing off their talents with everyone’s favorite new Easter Egg.

The latest major addition to the game – new Assault map Paris – was released to the Overwatch Public Test Realm (PTR) on January 30, and several Easter Eggs have already been identified.

By far the most prevalent are the pianos found around the map, all of which are actually playable. Heroes with precise enough shots can hit individual keys, meaning that if you know how to play anything on the piano and have good enough aim, it’s possible to replicate it in-game.

Fans have of course immediately taken to performing some of their favorite tunes. While the game mechanics not exactly being ideally suited to piano playing means there are limits in what’s realistically possible, there have nevertheless been some rather impressive renditions.

Blizzard EntertainmentMercy in her new Sugar Plum Fairy look.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Tchaikovsky

Performed, of course, by Mercy – who got a Sugar Plum Fairy skin in the recent Winter Wonderland event – u/Drunken_Queen pulls off a clear recital of the classic tune from The Nutcracker.

Unfortunately, u/Drunken_Queen wasn’t able to equip the skin in question due to not having access to it on the PTR, so a more complete performance may have to wait until Paris hits the live servers.

Playing Sugar Plum Fairy on Paris piano from r/Overwatch

Sandstorm – Darude

What is that song? Whatever it is, it seems Mei’s Endothermic Blaster hits at the right rate to make the tune clearly recognizable, even if the transition between notes by u/Bonpy could be a bit more fluent.

Darude – Sandstorm cover by Mei from r/Overwatch

We Are Number One – Lazy Town

Performed in tribute to Lazy Town actor Stefán Karl Stefánsson who passed away in August 2018, u/yes_im_late’s rendition of the show’s most recognizable musical number is also perhaps the most technically impressive performance so far, making use of Soldier: 76’s automatic fire to keep up with the pace of the tune.

I’m thinking to come back to OW only cos of this map. R.I.P Stefan Karl from r/Overwatch

National Anthem of the USSR

Playing to the internet’s somewhat odd fascination with the Soviet Union, u/dalek_56 gave a rousing rendition of the USSR’s national anthem -although they  did lose marks with some viewers for performing with Symmetra instead of Overwatch’s resident Russian, Zarya.

*Communism Intensifies* from r/Overwatch

Crab Rave – Noisestorm

Another internet favorite, u/bugme143 even added a little extra production value by dropping into the real thing at the end, complete with bizarre music video.

Time to party on the beach! from r/Overwatch


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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


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.