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Overwatch reveals glorious Huitzilopochtli Zenyatta Anniversary skin

Published: 16/May/2020 21:52 Updated: 18/May/2020 12:25

by Theo Salaun

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Following the reveals of Ashe and Reaper’s new Anniversary skins in Overwatch, Zenyatta’s legendary skin has also been unveiled.

Tekhartha Zenyatta is a wandering guru who left his Shambali Monastery in Nepal to travel the world and gain spiritual insights. While the Shambali Omnic monks do not eat, they are known to prepare and offer food as a means of peace offerings.

Similarly, the support is known to prepare discord orbs and sacrifice his opponents during games of Overwatch.

 

It is therefore fitting that Blizzard elects to center his Anniversary skin around the sacrificial, polytheistic spiritualism of the Aztec Empire—specifically, their god of war, sun and human sacrifice: Huitzilopochtli. 

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Art of Huitzilopochtli, as seen near Templo Mayor in Mexico City.

And, disregarding the thematic fit, the skin works perfectly with the monk on a visual level too. The look replaces Zenyatta’s metal with a base of sun-kissed stone, akin to the Aztec temples still standing today, with earth tones and splashes of the vibrant turquoise that has been so prominent within the culture’s aesthetic. 

 

Embracing visual flair, the skin is marked by jewelry, feathers and bright gems. While the turquoise feathers fit the anthropomorphic hummingbird feathers found in the Huitzilopochtli reference point. 

His outfit is topped off with a turquoise, ornate headdress that looks similar to the infamous Moctezuma’s headdress—which was believed to belong to Moctezuma II, consisting primarily of gold plates and the quetzal’s feathers.

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“La Captura de Moctezuma” by Jan Karel Donatus Van Beecq, showing he and his associates’ headdresses during the Spanish conquest.

Given the importance of spirituality to his lore, Zenyatta is no stranger to religiously oriented skins. His Djinnyatta and Ifrit skins are odes to the Djinn and Ifrit of Islamic mythology, while his Ra and Sunyatta skins reference the ancient Egyptian deity, Ra, who was the god of the sun and ruled the sky, earth, and underworld.

 

Huitzilopochtli was often represented as a hummingbird and, more importantly, recognized as the god of war. Hummingbirds seem to float in the air, while gods of war typically do a lot of killing.

Zenyatta floats in the air and does a lot of killing. It’s really a clean fit.

The Overwatch Anniversary event will kick off on May 19 and last until June 9, during which players will either be able to earn Zenyatta and the others’ skins through loot boxes or purchase them for 3,000 coins apiece.

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Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.