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Overwatch’s 2020 April Fool’s update is absolutely absurd

Published: 31/Mar/2020 23:46

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch devs have been known to introduce humourous, temporary updates to the game to celebrate April Fool’s day, and 2020 might just be the wildest year yet because they gave almost everyone and everything they could a set of googly eyes.

The update definitely makes games about 1000 times funnier, but the googly eyes also appear on the main menu, in highlight intros, and even in the Hero Gallery.

Seeing allies and enemies with large, bulging eyes during games is the most entertaining though. It’s sort of crazy how adding big, funny eyes to everyone can really change the mood of an Overwatch match.

As you can see in the above images Tweeted by Overbuff, it seems like no detail went overlooked – for example, hero skins with only one eye, like Torbjorn’s and Ana’s, will only get one googly eye.

This doesn’t explain why Bastion, who has no eyes that we know of, gets a pair, but it doesn’t make the glorious image of his beautiful, bug-eyed stare any less hilarious.

It’s not just heroes that received the makeover either, certain abilities like Torbjorn’s turret did, and amazingly, Hanzo’s dragons are also sporting the eyes during his ultimate.

Obviously, everyone’s favorite Omnic B.O.B. is only improved with the addition of googly eyes, but several hero abilities and forms are missing the joke.

Bastion’s turret and tank mode don’t feature the add on, and it’s also missing from Symmtra’s turrets and teleporter, but most notably the eyes are absent from D.Va’s mech. A huge missed opportunity to stick some obnoxiously large peepers on there.

If you’re worried about not seeing anything though, don’t be, because they’ll be practically everywhere else for at least the next couple of days.

Even though it was a bit early, as far as April Fool’s pranks go this one was a pretty brilliant move by devs, and it really doesn’t get in the way of gameplay once you get over the initial wave of laughter.

April Fool’s falls during the 2020 Archives event as well this year, so if you log on to check out the madness, you could get a few new skins as well.

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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.”

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.