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Overwatch trick lets support heroes get Ultimates for free

Published: 21/May/2020 17:50

by Michael Gwilliam


In Overwatch, support Ultimates can be the difference between winning and losing team fights. As such, having your ults online more often than your opponents can be crucial over the course of a match, and a neat trick can almost guarantee you’ll have the edge in charge.

Former Overwatch League MVP Sung-hyeon ‘JJoNak’ Bang showed off how to get free support charge by coordinating with his tank player during a match against the Hangzhou Spark.

While defending on Blizzard World’s streets phase, New York noticed the Spark had a stray Torbjorn turret off away from the battle and capitalized on it still being active while their foes regrouped.

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JJoNak was named OWL MVP during season one.

As the rest of the NYXL took up defense positions, Hong-joon ‘HOTBA’ Choi stood in front of the turret to purposefully take damage while JJoNak on the Ana healed him to gain more Ultimate charge.

The moment was detected by OWL fans on Reddit who posted a clip of the interaction taken from the replay viewer. The video shows JJoNak gaining a whopping 25% charge towards his next Nano Boost while the Spark literally gained nothing from having the turret active.

JJoNak gains 25% free ult charge from Competitiveoverwatch

Jaehwan ‘Adora’ Kang, the Torbjorn player for the Spark, already had his Molten Core Ultimate built up, so he wasn’t gaining anything extra from the damage being done to HOTBA, except, of course, for padding his damage stats.

What makes this even better for New York is that Adora can’t even manually destroy the turret as Overwatch doesn’t let Torbjorn do so if the turret has received or dealt damage with three seconds.

This trick can easily be applied in your own games too in the event the enemy runs a Torbjorn and/or Symmetra and you find yourself in a position where their turret(s) remains actives despite the fight being over.

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Torbjorn players should be careful their turrets don’t feed support Ultimates.

Just coordinate with your tank if you’re playing support or vice versa and rake in the rewards. Of course, you should be wary of the possibility that you’d be handing free Ultimate charge to the opposing Torbjorn player too, if you don’t suspect he already has his Molten Core loaded.

The same strategy would apply with Wrecking Ball’s Minefield too, but turrets work slightly better because you could in theory abuse them for an entire round while the mines disappear after awhile.


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
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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.”

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.