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Overwatch Practice Range finally gets upgrade with new workshop mode

Published: 11/Dec/2019 17:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch Practice Range has been roughly the same since the game first came out, with minor changes made to the training bots such as having them say “hello” back to the player. At long last, the Practice Range has received a long-requested upgrade thanks to Workshop guru PMAJellies.

The new Practice Range, dubbed Practice Range 2.0 by PMAJellies, has some neat features to help players improve their aim, snipe, and even get used to being Nano Boosted.

One of the cool new features added is a jump pad off by the far right side of the range. Accessing the high ground will give players an area to shoot at oncoming Symmetra turrets to help improve accuracy.

PMAJellies/Blizzard EntertainmentShooting at Symmetra turrets can help improve your aim.

Amusingly, the size of the turrets is perfect for precise crosshair positioning and should help players learn to pinpoint their shots.

Using character models and set movements, players also have the opportunity to snipe enemy Widowmakers out of the sky during their grapple animation, practice landing shots on airborne Pharahs and line up shots on teleporting Reapers.

However, by far one of the coolest parts of the new Practice Range allows players to get Nano Boosted by pressing the interact key. It’s cool to see just how much more damage you can rack up with Ana on your team.

As previously mentioned, players can also spawn in a Baptiste to place an Amplification Matrix or a Mercy to pocket them.

Additionally, by crouching and pressing interact, players can instantly receive a free ultimate, which means anyone looking to practice their Dragon Blades or Primal Rages can do so without killing a bunch of bots to build one.

Best of all, with patch 1.43, players can load up this improved practice range while they’re waiting in a queue. Practice Range 2.0 can be loaded up in the Overwatch Workshop by using the code BTRZE.

PMAJellies/Blizzard EntertainmentYou’re powered up, get in there!

While it may not be the official change to the Practice Range that everyone was hoping for, this mode definitely provides enough cool goodies to help players warm up before going into a game.

It will be interesting to see if the range gets any sort of update when Overwatch 2 is finally released.

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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.

Reaper on Hanamura
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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.