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Reinhardt Workshop mode lets Overwatch players practice fat Earthshatters

Published: 28/Jun/2019 20:46 Updated: 28/Jun/2019 20:59

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch Workshop master DarwinStreams has previewed another part of his upcoming Range Tool that allows players to dial in their Earthshatters and Reinhardt’s melee range.

Reinhardt’s range-finding Workshop Mode is only one small part of a larger project currently underway by DarwinStreams to make a new-and-improved practice mode for players.

We’ve already seen previews for features that show McCree and Orisa’s abilities range and now the streamer has previewed Reinhardt’s training mode as well.

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In the new mode, there are two circles surrounding Reinhardt, one blue one at 20 meters out and another red one much closer.

The blue circle denotes Reinhardt’s Earthshatter range and the red shows the range of his basic hammer swing attack.

Reinhardt’s Earthshatter already does a pretty good job of visualizing how far it goes with animations alone, but DarwinStreams Workshop mode will allow players to really dial in the range on the ability.

It will also help players know exactly how close that annoying, flanking Tracer has to get before you can punish her with Reinhardt’s hammer and not just whiff it completely.

As we said earlier a code for the massive new training mode isn’t available yet, but we will update as soon as it comes out.

Is Role Lock coming to Overwatch?

There’s been a lot of talk about a 2-2-2 role lock coming to Overwatch League for Stage 4 and those rumors seemed to be confirmed by pro player Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung on stream after he retired from the L.A. Gladiators.

Just because role queue is coming to the Overwatch League doesn’t mean it will for sure be headed to the main game, but considering how Blizzard has handled new Overwatch features in the past with OWL, it definitely could happen.

Jeff Kaplan did tease “big changes” coming to Overwatch this summer earlier in the year, and role lock would certainly be one of the biggest changes the game has seen yet.


Overwatch Oct 22 update changes health for multiple heroes: patch notes

Published: 22/Oct/2020 19:30 Updated: 22/Oct/2020 19:38

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch patch has hit the Experimental Card on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Switch, and with it come some huge changes to hero health across the board.

The radical update sees multiple heroes get their health pools revamped in the form of base health and shields.

As Overwatch Community Manager Josh Nash notes, “Historically, we’ve always adjusted health and shield values in increments of 50 for ease of understanding how many hits a hero could take. After years of balance updates and fine tuning, we want to try getting a bit more granular with this approach.”

McCree is the big winner this patch, with an extra 25 HP for some added survivability. Plus, his reload speed is getting a slight increase.

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McCree is the biggest winner this patch.

Brigitte and Symmetra are winners too, as their base health and shields are going up by 25 HP.

However, Widowmaker sees her health drop from 200 to 175 HP. This makes her the second weakest standard-form hero in the game HP-wise, behind Tracer, who has 150.

Additionally, Baptiste and Mei are getting some nice buffs. Now, when going into Cryo-Freeze, Mei’s ammo will be refilled by 15 per second. Her Ice Wall cooldown is also lowered by a second.

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Mei has been buffed nicely.

Meanwhile, Baptiste is getting buffed with his primary fire recovery time reduced from 0.45 to 0.38 seconds. His healing is also upped from 50 to 60. However, the damage he does has been decreased from 25 to 24.

As always with the Experimental card, not all of these changes may go through, but they’re major reworks that show us how the devs are reshaping the game ahead of Overwatch 2.

Full patch notes:


The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance changes. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.



Biotic Launcher

  • (Primary Fire) Recovery time reduced from 0.45 to 0.38 seconds
  • (Primary Fire) Damage reduced from 25 to 24
  • (Secondary Fire) Recovery increased from 0.8 to 0.9 seconds
  • (Secondary Fire) Healing increased from 50 to 60

Amplification Matrix

  • Width increased from 5 to 9 meters

Developer Comments: We’re trying out some adjustments to Baptiste’s Biotic Launcher firing cadence that will make dealing damage quicker and landing a healing grenade more impactful. His Amplification Matrix was sometimes difficult to utilize for his allies without gathering very closely together so we’ve made it much wider.



  • Base health increased from 150 to 175



  • Base health increased from 200 to 225


  • (General) Reload time reduced from 1.5 to 1.2 seconds



  • Now restores 15 ammo per second

Ice Wall

  • Cooldown lowered from 13 to 12 seconds

Developer Comments: Since we previously made Mei’s primary fire relatively more expensive, she spends more time out of ammo and this was particularly noticeable when unable to reload while in Cryo-Freeze. To help smooth out this gameplay she now regains some ammo during Cryo-Freeze.



  • Base shields increased from 100 to 125



  • Base health reduced from 200 to 175

Developer Comments: We’re experimenting with some max health adjustments in 25 HP increments to allow for more fine tuning of heroes’ power. Until now this was done in 50 HP increments to help simplify the understanding how many hits an enemy hero could withstand.