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Overwatch streamer Harbleu praises Roadhog’s PTR updates

Published: 30/Oct/2018 18:46 Updated: 30/Oct/2018 19:33

by Bill Cooney

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The recent Roadhog updates to hit the PTR have many fans of the big guy excited, one of those fans is Overwatch streamer Anthony ‘harbleu’ Ballo who recently posted a video where he discusses the changes.

Harbleu plays a ton of Roadhog, although he does switch to Zarya and D.Va occasionally. As he goes through the changes, the streamer seems to be in favor of all of them.

For the changes to the hook time, Harbleu told viewers “Right there is going to help with the bullshit times where you would land a hook on someone and they would keep moving out of your LOS and then the hook would break.” 

The changes to enemies momentum when they’re hooked “also sound amazing, also sounds great,” and added he’s like to see how it affects enemies hooked while in the air, which used to break the chain.

“The gun, I’d imagine this is just going to make him do more damage, which is OK with me,” the streamer said about the Scrap Gun changes, before going into PTR to try them out for himself.

“The biggest point is, he’ll be fun again,” harbleu told viewers while he messed around in the practice range. “Not having to worry about breaking hooks and all that, he won’t be the best off tank, but he’ll at least be fun and not frustrating to play against.

Harbleu previously played for NRG esports but moved to streaming after leaving the team in 2017.

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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.”

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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.