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Philadelphia Fusion unveil plans for $50 million Overwatch League stadium

Published: 25/Mar/2019 17:01 Updated: 25/Mar/2019 17:08

by Joe O'Brien


Philadelphia Fusion owners Comcast Spectacor have announced ambitious plans for a brand-new home arena in which their Overwatch League team will be based.

Unlike other esports competitions, including the other franchised leagues, Overwatch League’s unique premise has always been the geolocation element. Like traditional sports, Overwatch League teams are named for the cities they’re based in.

For the first two seasons, the name of each team has been their only real link to their “home” towns, as all matches have been played out of the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles, California. That’s expected to change in 2020, however, as Season Three of the league should see teams both travelling to and hosting matches in home arenas.

For Philadelphia Fusion, that will mean a brand-new venue they describe as “the first ground-up purpose-built esports arena in the western hemisphere”.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentPhiladelphia Fusion reached the grand finals of Overwatch League’s inaugural season.

The venue, named Fusion Arena, will cost $50 million and be based in the Philadelphia Sports Complex. It will seat up to 3,500 fans, as well as provide training space for the Philadelphia Fusion team.

“It’s going to be up there with what you’d expect from a professional athlete in traditional sports to receive,” Philadelphia Fusion President Tucker Roberts told Cheddar Esports. “On top of that, it’s not just sweet space and computers. It’s streaming rooms, it’s VOD review rooms, it’s food and beverage… it’s going to take away all of the other issues that you would have to worry about so that you can just focus on the game and focus on teamwork and getting better.”

Before the Overwatch League moves to home venues full-time, there will be several trial weekends during Season Two for which particular teams – the Dallas Fuel in Stage Two, Atlanta Reign in Stage Three, and Los Angeles Valiant in Stage 4 – will host the matches in their home cities.

Naturally, Philadelphia Fusion fans will have to wait until the following season to watch their team compete live on home soil, as construction on the Fusion Arena is scheduled to begin in summer 2019.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.