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Overwatch rework idea could make Reinhardt worth maining again

Published: 4/Apr/2020 1:41

by Bill Cooney

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Reinhardt is one of Overwatch’s original heroes, who has seen his fair share of changes throughout the years – but one player has a few interesting ideas that could make the character fresh to play again.

Reworks are nothing new for Overwatch heroes: In recent memory, Torbjorn was the last hero to receive a major rework to his kit and ultimate.

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Generally, Reinhardt is considered to be in a pretty solid place right now balance-wise, but he isn’t a hero people are fighting to play. However, a new rework idea could change public opinion on this matter.

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Rein has seem some big nerfs recently, but nothing that could be considered an actual ‘rework.’

Created by Reddit user ‘OHgoDohF*CK5,‘ the rework concept focuses on Reinhardt’s Firestrike and Charge abilities in an effort to make them both a little more powerful.

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For Firestrike, they suggested adding burn damage to the projectile that would drain 60 health over three seconds, similar to Ashe’s Dynamite.

Along with the added DPS, the ability would also knock back enemies who are close to Rein, giving him some much-needed breathing room from those annoying DPS.

Next up was Reinhardt’s charge, and the first suggestion is one that players have been asking for since Overwatch came out, but for some reason hasn’t been added yet: the ability to cancel the move.

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Every Rein player has had those moments where you wish you could stop the hero mid-charge (probably just before you flew off the edge of the map to your doom), so this change would be a very welcome upgrade.

Another smaller change would increase the speed of charge by 10% if Reinhardt is above 400 HP. This could be a little OP, but would also be a great way to take advantage of an unsuspecting enemy team.

Blizzard EntertainmentReinhardt’s charge could use a few updates, let’s be honest.

While Reinhardt may not be on the top of developers’ list of priorities with Overwatch 2 and a new hero (Echo) coming out soon, this just goes to show a few changes could be all the hero needs to be relevant, once again.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.