Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event kicks off with a new Patch featuring big Reaper buff - Full Patch notes - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event kicks off with a new Patch featuring big Reaper buff – Full Patch notes

Published: 24/Jan/2019 20:07 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 20:34

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s Lunar New Year starts today, January 24, and brings the latest PTR patch with it live into the game.

Blizzard has been teasing all of the new Lunar New Year skins for a week, and there are a total of eight new skins for various heroes.


As well as skins, there’s also a new Lucio highlight intro, new emotes for Ana and Soldier and new sprays and victory poses as well.

Tracer, Orisa and Brigitte’s skins feature a Korean background this year, while Hanzo, Reaper, Torbjörn, Rein and Zenyatta’s are all based on characters from the Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.


In addition to all the new skins and cosmetics, Capture the Flag has also returned to Overwatch’s Arcade mode.

There will also be a new CTF map this year, a night mode of the latest King of Hill map Busan, which was shown in the teaser video for Orisa, Tracer and Brigitte’s skins.

Hopefully players havent already gotten their three arcade loot boxes this week, if they haven’t they can collect three event loot boxes after playing nine games in arcade starting today.


But the event is just the tip of the iceberg, along with it, Blizzard is introducing a new patch into the main game.

The patch takes the damage reduction of armor from -5 to -3, gives Reaper a significant buff to his Lifesteal passive and nerfs D.Va’s defense matrix as well as Brigitte’s ultimate ability Rally.

The full patch notes can be read below:



Get ready to ring in the Year of the Pig!

We’re celebrating the 2019 Lunar New Year with a festive Capture the Flag version of the Busan map, Season 2 of Competitive Capture the Flag, and a load of loot! Unlock new seasonal items, including legendary skins for Huang Zhong Hanzo, Lü Bu Reaper, Guan Yu Reinhardt, Zhang Fei Torbjörn, Hong Gildong Tracer, and Zhuge Liang Zenyatta.


To learn more about Overwatch Lunar New Year, click here.



Developer Comments: Before this change, armor reduced all incoming damage by up to 5, maxing at half of the normal amount. This change reduces the damage reduction to 3, while still capping at half. This change will be most noticeable for heroes who fire quickly or in bursts, such as shotguns, and do more than 6 damage per shot. For example, Soldier: 76’s Heavy Pulse Rifle will now do 16 damage per shot to armored opponents, up from 14 (an increase close to 15%).

Armor was a bit too strong overall, especially when heroes were being healed quickly and often. This change will help more heroes fight against higher-armored enemies.

  • Damage reduction from armor reduced from -5 to -3


Developer Comments: Sometimes Rally could cause a snowballing effect, making it too difficult to deal with the increased health of Brigitte’s allies before she built up another one. This change limits how long Rally’s effect lasts after its initial cast, to make it a bit more manageable in those situations.


  • Now has a maximum duration of 30 seconds


Developer Comments: This change allows D.Va’s enemies to play around her Defense Matrix by increasing its downtime between uses.


  • Cooldown increased from 1 second to 2 seconds


Developer Comments Reaper’s passive enables him to play aggressively when near enemies. This change allows him to keep the pressure up while he’s dishing damage to his enemies. The added life steal is particularly effective against tanks, as they tend to do less damage than other heroes, and also take more damage from his Hellfire Shotguns due to their larger hit volumes.


  • Life steal increased from 30% to 50% of damage dealt



Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.