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Overwatch Workshop mode gives you full control of Pharah’s rockets

Published: 10/Jun/2019 7:54 Updated: 10/Jun/2019 8:16

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has created a Workshop mode that gives Pharah Half Life 2-style steerable rockets.

The Workshop is a scripting tool that gives Overwatch players a huge amount of control when creating new custom games, enabling them to develop modes that bend even the most fundamental rules of the standard game.

DarwinStreams has been responsible for some of the most popular Overwatch Workshop modes so far, producing everything from useful practice modes for Ana and Reinhardt, to fun modes like “Torbjörnball 2k19” and Overwatch Pictionary. His “D.Va Racing” mode is also one of the top 10 most popular so far, according to Blizzard.

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In addition to making entire new game modes, Darwin has also produced Workshop modes designed to offer a particular mechanic, either for players or fellow Workshop creators to make use of.

Darwin’s newest offering is a mode in which Pharah’s rockets are “steerable” after they’ve been fired, continuing to follow the player’s aim until they impact with something. This means they can be curved around walls and obstacles, or adjusted when a target changes direction.

Those that wish to try out the mode can do so with share code MQEXV.

HL2 Steering Rockets [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

While Pharah duels with steerable rockets might be interesting in their own right, the real benefit of this mode is likely to be for people looking to create their own games. Thanks to Darwin, anyone who wants to develop a game type that uses steerable rockets like this won’t have to figure out how to make the projectiles work properly.

This isn’t the first mode Darwin has created with some unusual rocket mechanics, previously producing a mode with homing missiles that locked onto and followed their targets – which when combined with a jetpack-using Torbjörn made for an epic free-for-all mode.

With the arrival of the Workshop and the upcoming release of the new Replays system, which is currently in testing on the Public Test Realm (PTR), Overwatch players have more options than ever for expressing their own creativity through the game and playing the way they want to.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.