Philadelphia Fusion Draws First Blood in Overwatch League Quarterfinal Against Boston Uprising - Dexerto
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Philadelphia Fusion Draws First Blood in Overwatch League Quarterfinal Against Boston Uprising

Published: 12/Jul/2018 3:13 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien

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Philadelphia Fusion claimed the first series against Boston Uprising in their Overwatch League quarter-final.

The Fusion took down the Uprising 3-1 in the opening series of the Overwatch League playoffs, putting them 1-0 up in the best-of-three super-series.

The two teams will clash in another best-of-five on Friday July 13th, followed by a deciding third best-of-five on the same day if necessary. The team that wins two best-of-five series will advance to the semi-finals.

The Fusion drew first blood with a convincing win on Dorado, but a more competitive Oasis went the way of the Uprising to tie the series up.

After clinching an overtime Eichenwalde for series point, Philadelphia closed out the series in surprising fashion, taking Volskaya to secure the 3-1 victory. Prior to this match, Boston Uprising had been undefeated on the map across the entire season.

The playoffs will be re-seeded for the semi-finals, meaning that if the Philadelphia Fusion advance they are guaranteed to face the New York Excelsior as the Fusion are the lowest-seeded team in the playoffs, while the NYXL are the highest. 

The third-seeded Uprising, meanwhile, would face the Los Angeles Valiant if they are able to reach the semi-finals.

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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.