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Shanghai Dragons rebuild with Korean roster for Overwatch League Season Two

Published: 23/Oct/2018 9:25

by Joe O'Brien


The Shanghai Dragons have revealed their roster for Season Two of the Overwatch League.

After ending Season One of the league without having won even a single match, the Dragons released almost their entire team.

Only Lu ‘Diya’ Weida, Kim ‘Geguri’ Se-yeon and Lee ‘Fearless’ Eui-seok remained from the Season One roster, but the Dragons have now announced six new players that will be joining them for Season Two.

Notably, Shanghai has moved away from its Chinese squad, instead entirely adding South Korean players. As of now, Diya is the only Chinese player on the team.

Four of the new additions join from Kongdoo Panthera, the runners-up in Season Two of Contenders Korea. Those four are DPS pair Yang ‘DDing’ Jin-hyeok and Jin ‘Youngjin’ Young-jin, and support duo Son ‘CoMa’ Kyeong-Woo and Yang ‘Luffy’ Seong-hyeon.

The squad is rounded out by flex tank Jo ‘GuardiaN’ Jun-hwan, formerly of Boston Uprising academy team Toronto Esports, and Bae ‘Diem’ Min-seong, who played for the Lucky Future Zenith team that dominated both seasons of Contenders China.

Though the Dragons will no longer field a predominantly-Chinese roster, it remains likely that there will be at least one team that does so in Season Two, as there will be three expansion teams representing Chinese cities. None of the expansion teams have yet announced full rosters, however.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to begin on February 14. Teams will have until December 8 to finalize their rosters for the start of the season, with a new minimum roster size of eight players.

Shanghai Dragons full current roster:

Player Role Previous/S1 Team
Lu ‘Diya‘ Weida DPS Shanghai Dragons
Kim ‘Geguri‘ Se-yeon Flex Tank Shanghai Dragons
Lee ‘Fearless‘ Eui-seok Main Tank Shanghai Dragons
Bae ‘Diem‘ Min-seong DPS Lucky Future Zenith
Yang ‘DDing‘ Jin-kyeok DPS Kongdoo Panthera
Jin ‘Youngjin‘ Young-jin DPS Kongdoo Panthera
Jo ‘GuardiaN‘ Jun-hwan Flex Tank Toronto Esports
Yang ‘Luffy‘ Seong-hyeon Support Kongdoo Panthera
Son ‘CoMa‘ Kyung-woo Support Kongdoo Panthera

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.