Simple Overwatch change could be a big improvement for Baptiste's ultimate - Dexerto

Simple Overwatch change could be a big improvement for Baptiste’s ultimate

Published: 3/Apr/2019 20:29 Updated: 3/Apr/2019 21:00

by Bill Cooney


Baptiste, Overwatch’s newest hero, just became available in Competitive play on April 2 and players already have plenty of ideas on how to improve the new heroes quality of life.

Baptiste is the first new Overwatch hero of 2019 and was finally made available in Competitive after two weeks of being patched into the main game.

It will take a little bit of time for Baptiste to find his place in the game, but players have already come up with one suggestion that could make using his ultimate ability much more convenient.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste is a versatile support hero.

How can Baptiste’s ultimate be improved?

While Baptiste’s ultimate Amplification Field is active, it makes most attacks going through it significantly more powerful, but there’s nothing to tell players how much time the ability has left.

So, borrowing from the ultimates of other heroes like Genji or Soldier 76, Reddit user RainerHeavy suggested adding a similar reticle timer for Baptiste’s ultimate.

This would allow Baptiste players to better coordinate with their team and communicate exactly how much time teammates had to put damage through it.

“It’s just a circle you can see from in other cooldown abilities like dragonblade or primal rage,” RainerHeavy wrote. “A simple UI change like this could also be good for deaf people as well as distracted people like me.”

RainerHeavyJust like for Winston or Genji, the timer would tell players how long they have left to use their ultimate.

Would it work for other heroes too?

Baptiste will probably be getting a few tweaks and add-ons following his release, and something like this ultimate timer seems like a pretty simple thing to put in.

Other users also suggested this could be used for Orisa’s Supercharger as well, since it doesn’t have a display for health or a timer.

Baptiste will also be available for teams to use in the Second Stage of the Overwatch League, which begins on Thursday, April 4.


New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam


In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.