Overwatch's Chateau Guillard map gets amazing fan makeover - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Chateau Guillard map gets amazing fan makeover

Published: 10/May/2020 20:29

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan who didn’t want to wait for the next official map reskin from Blizzard decided to make their own Winter Wonderland version of Chateau Guillard, and the results look good enough to play a match on right now.

Overwatch usually releases a new map reskin for seasonal events like Halloween, Winter Wonderland, or Lunar New Year.

With Halloween still a few months out (and no solid promise of a new map reskin arriving this year), YouTuber Piston decided to give Chateau Guillard a makeover on their own, and the results are pretty impressive.

The Winter Wonderland event usually begins sometime in December, but whether or not we’ll actually get a new map reskin should remain up in the air until it begins.

This makes Piston’s Chateau Guillard redesign sort of like celebrating Christmas in July, but you have to admit it still looks pretty sweet.

Widowmaker’s manse has been lightly dusted with snow and covered in twinkling lights, and giant packages and presents have replaced some of the scenery for that extra holiday touch.

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The dining room looks ready for Christmas dinner.

Piston used the Unreal game engine to render their winter version of Guillard, and as we said before, it looks good enough to be an official Blizzard-made map.

It’s not the only winter-themed area Piston has reimagined either – they’ve also produced a nighttime version of Black Forest, which already has a reskin for the event.

There’s definitely more work and effort put into the Chateau Guillard reimagining, which you can tell just by looking at it. Now, if only it were playable…

There are a number of snowmen hanging out around the map as well.

As we mentioned earlier, there’s still more than half a year remaining until the Winter Wonderland event rolls around, but just taking a look at how good the Deathmatch map looks with snow and ice has us ready to open some holiday loot boxes already.


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.