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Overwatch pro reveals the best unknown tips when playing Brigitte

Published: 25/Oct/2019 2:09 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 2:27

by Brad Norton

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While Overwatch today, there are certainly still ways to utilize the support and completely catch the enemy team by surprise.

One of the most controversial heroes in the history of Overwatch, Brigitte was a staple throughout the GOATS meta as her high sustainability enabled a tanky composition to sit atop the competition for many months.

Reworked throughout a series of patches in early 2019, the hero was tweaked in such a way as to reduce the effects of her overall healing output thanks to a slight nerf to Repair packs among Inspire and various other tweaks. No longer a frequent pick in ranked, Brigitte is now a niche hero but that doesn’t stop her from overpowering the enemy at times.

In an October 24 video, popular Overwatch content creator for the Toronto Defiant, Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan joined forces with Violet, one of the most prolific Brigitte mains in the world to establish an updated list of advice.

Together they unveiled an assortment of tips and tricks when utilizing the reworked Brigitte against each and every hero in the game today. From minor mechanical tidbits to major hero counters, the video runs the gamut of handy Brigitte knowledge.

Blizzard - OverwatchBrigitte was release in March of 2018 and was the 27th hero in Overwatch

For starters, the top 500 Brigitte player addressed how Brigitte is capable of dealing with tank heroes in unique ways. In regards to D.Va’s self destruct ultimate for example, the support hero is surprisingly able to stunt the momentum of a traveling MEKA bomb by using shield bash.

Additionally, when being targeted by an Orisa looking to halt, make sure that your shield is kept down throughout the pulling animation. When halted, Roadhog is still able to hook Brigitte slightly to the side of her shield. In order to counter this, only activate your shield when at the apex of an opposing halt.

Blizzard - OverwatchThe introduction of Role Queue has seen Brigitte take a backseat at the highest level of play

Doomfist is one of the most in-meta heroes at the time of writing, often serving as the bane of existence for many support players. A neat trick to combat the flanker is to use Brigitte’s shield bash as he’s punching his way into the backline. In fact, Violet explained how you don’t even need to be facing the Doom in order to negate the incoming damage and stun him in return.

If stuck by an enemy Pulse Bomb, it turns out that Brigitte can actually survive if your reaction speeds are up to snuff. If her shield is stuck, dropping the shield will force the bomb onto the ground below. With precise timing, you can move away and raise your shield up once again in order to block the damage.

You can watch the full video below to get an entire rundown of handy Brigitte tips and tricks.

Following various Brigitte nerfs, Overwatch League pros assumed that GOATS would be left in the past however it didn’t take long for a similarly obnoxious composition to take place after the implementation of the 2-2-2- role lock

While Brigitte isn’t quite as powerful as she once was in previous metas, these nifty tricks could net you a spot in the Top 500 if you use them to your advantage.

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new buff to Reinhardt on the Overwatch Experimental Card may be a bit too strong after players did some testing with his hammer.

The December 3 Overwatch patch brought in some big changes to three different heroes with Baptiste getting a nerf to Immorality Field, D.Va’s health getting reconfigured and Reinhardt seeing an increase to his hammer swing damage.

With his swing damage improved from 75 damage to 85, these has opened up some new damage breakpoints when factoring in Mercy and Zenyatta damage boosts.

The key thing to keep in mind with most Overwatch buffs is how they are influenced by other modifiers. With most heroes being at 200 HP, the sooner your damage can exceed that, the better.

Reinhardt on Hollywood
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Reinhardt’s damage got a nice buff.

In the case of Reinhardt, his damage increase from 75 to 85 may not seem too insane until you start to factor in damage boosts. Mercy’s damage boost amplifies a hero’s attacks by 30% while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb makes it so any hero who is discorded takes 30% extra damage.

Previously, with 75 damage, one swing by Reinhardt while damage boosted or attacking a discorded target would deal 97.5. Now, however, when factoring in the 10 additional damage, that number becomes 110.5.

All it takes now is just two swings onto a 200 HP hero for Reinhardt to delete them, making the buff extra strong when he’s paired with a Mercy or Zenyatta.

Plus, there are a couple of extra elements to factor in. Reinhardt’s hammer deals cleave damage, which means that he can hit multiple enemies with a single blow. If he’s damage boosted by Mercy, he could take down teams with ease.

Not only that, but the Experimental patch also gave Reinhardt 50 extra health, meaning he has a bit more room to swing and live to tell the tale. This doesn’t even include the additional ultimate charge he will generate by doing more damage.

As you can see in the short clip, with the boost, Reinhardt can delete the 200 HP practice range bot in just one second, prompting Jon to caption the video: “Rein is broken.”

Reinhardt holds shield up
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Reinhardt is a much more deadly tank with these buffs.

Others agreed. “Buffing Rein and D.Va when they don’t need it instead of nerfing overpowered heroes isn’t good man,” a user replied.

“I don’t think this is the answer we are looking for but I guess it’s better than what we got?” Florida Mayhem content creator Samito further chimed in referring to the state of the meta.

It will be interesting to see what the devs decide to do with these Reinhardt buffs and if they make it through to the live game after the experimental period ends.