Overwatch tank player hits rank 1 with unconventional hero pool - Dexerto

Overwatch tank player hits rank 1 with unconventional hero pool

Published: 8/Nov/2019 5:16 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 6:30

by Andrew Amos


Sigma and Orisa have dominated Overwatch for the last couple of months, but the top tank player has shown that you don’t need to be a meta slave to climb high on the ranked ladder.

Since Sigma’s release and the introduction of role lock, two tanks have dominated the Overwatch meta — him and Orisa. The double shield strategy, while still being mobile and packed with tons of utility, has made the lives of players hell.

However, one player has shown you don’t need to be a slave to the meta to climb high on the ranked ladder. In fact, the top tank player in Season 18 didn’t even have Sigma or Orisa in his top two most played heroes, showing that in ranked, anything flies as long as you are good.

Sigma has dominated the tank meta in Overwatch, but he’s not the be-all-end-all.

Semi-pro player Anthony ‘harbleu’ Ballo took home the honors of being the best tank player in ranked Season 18, beating out the likes of Overwatch League star Indy ‘Space’ Halpern and other various players from both OWL and Contenders.

In his 207 Season 18 games, Sigma didn’t feature in his top two, and Orisa wasn’t even in his top three. Harbleu played 18 hours of Wrecking Ball as his most played, with Zarya as his second most played at 9 hours. He ended up finishing on 4673 SR, 4 SR higher than Space.

Blizzard EntertainmentHarbleu’s tank stats for Season 18 are impressive.

Everyone else in the top five had Sigma and Orisa as their two most played heroes across the season, showing just how dominant they’ve been in the meta. 

Nevertheless, that didn’t mean he couldn’t dig his heels in and go against the grain to show that there’s more to Overwatch than goats and scientists.

Although he was playing Hammond and Zarya throughout the season, Harbleu is known for his Roadhog. He didn’t get much of a chance to pull it out against all of the shielding he was up against, only managing 8 hours on the hero, but he’s proven to be one of the scariest off-tanks in the world when Hog is meta.

Harbleu’s tanks aren’t the only unconventional picks making it to the top of the ranked ladder. Brigitte master ‘Violet’ held the top four support ladder slots in Season 18, sticking to the out-of-favor redhead after GOATS was killed off in the role lock update.

The DPS ladder is also full of unique picks. Doomfist, Hanzo, Reaper, Widowmaker, Bastion, Genji and more feature for the top five players. While Doomfist and Reaper featured at the World Cup, picks like Widowmaker and Hanzo still do well in ranked because of their carry potential.

Blizzard EntertainmentWhile Doomfist was prominent in Season 18, other DPS heroes still got their chance to shine.

Heading into Season 19 with a bunch of balance and map pool changes, the competitive meta might be shifting up a little. Harbleu himself has made a statement to possibly get a trial — or even a spot — for Overwatch League 2020 by demonstrating how deep his hero pool really is.

However, don’t feel like you have to be forcing what’s OP in the pro tournaments — if you play what you are good at, you are likely to climb regardless.


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

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.