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Overwatch trick lets any hero boost up to Route 66 vantage point

Published: 2/Jan/2020 23:21

by Alan Bernal


Overwatch maps feature tons of vantage points on different locations that only some heroes can access, but a slick boost on Route 66 lets anyone make game-changing plays.

The Overwatch community is constantly reinventing how conventional maps and comps are played, for example how to best use B.O.B. on Route 66 and how to catch people off-guard with Torb.

In almost four years of life, Overwatch players keep finding the smallest advantages within the game that opens up wildly new potentials for different heroes to make experimental plays that can turn a match on its head.

BlizzardDefending teams can set up a trap just beyond the doors.

Adding to the long list of discoveries, Reddit user ‘Kestrel___’ showed a “new spot for all heroes using speed boost.” To clarify, it isn’t a revolutionary new angle, but it’s worth taking note since it seems like the trick lets any character make use of the spot.

After the second point on Route 66, just to the left of the cave’s entrance, the more mobile heroes like Pharah and Lucio can easily get on top of the stacks near the pillar.

But with a few precise jumps and the help of Lucio’s amp speed boost, heroes like McCree, Bastion and even Orisa can make the trek to the sneaky spot.

BlizzardOverwatch players are accustomed to seeing a Pharah or Genji move out from the rafters, but using them as a decoy while leaving a McCree, for example, could result in big plays.

Their clip shows McCree using nothing but his base stats to try to make it across the stacks. While they manage to get on the first platform, they miss the second by a fair distance.

However, applying the amp gives McCree just enough juice to barely make it to the next stage, allowing him to hide in plain sight that could end in a devastating ult for the enemy team.

“I think if Ana, McCree, Bastion + Orisa, Torb, and Tracer got up there they could make huge plays like getting a 6 man Anti, a big High Noon, [also] Bastion + Orisa would be hard to contest up there,” they said.

Kestrel via RedditThis spot can easily lay waste to any team comp, especially if a team has their back turned to McCree’s ult.

With the various platforms and vantage points already threatening the pushing team at that point, it could spell doom if the defending team leaves one player there while drawing the aggro away.

In either case, this will definitely be a spot more Overwatch players will be experimenting with if popular strats get developed.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.