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South Korean Overwatch coach told ‘never return’ after World Cup loss

Published: 5/Nov/2019 17:03 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 17:23

by Michael Gwilliam

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South Korean Overwatch fans were so livid over the team’s performance in the World Cup, they told coach Dae-hee ‘Crusty’ Park he wasn’t welcome back in the country.

At BlizzCon 2019, South Korea suffered its first-ever defeat at the Overwatch World Cup with a loss to France in the group stage. The team would later go on to lose to the United States twice, once in the group stage and again in the semi-finals. 

Team USA main tank, Matthew ‘super’ DeLisi, who won the Overwatch League championship with the San Fransisco Shock under Crusty, explained to his Twitch viewers that South Korean fans were very upset with the loss.

Blizzard EntertainmentTeam USA captured Gold at the Overwatch World Cup.

According to Super, he talked with Crusty after USA’s victory and the coach revealed to him that fans on the South Korean forums told him specifically that they “don’t want him to come back to Korea”.

“It’s a little bit brutal over there. They said: ‘Crusty, don’t come back to Korea’. Listen, these fans in Korea, they have a high expectation of their teams,” he explained in response to a fan curious about why Korean players often apologize for underperforming.

“Okay, so if they f**k up then they feel like they have to give an excuse or a reasoning because otherwise they’re going to get roasted,” he added. 

The main tank then revealed that Crusty said he “will never do World Cup ever again because of it” in reference to the immense backlash. 

According to a third party translation of Crusty’s stream by semi-pro Lutional, the World Cup team lacked proper practice and preparation due to scheduling conflicts. After the loss he called each player personally to apologize and take responsibility.

The South Korean Overwatch World Cup had been undefeated going into 2019. Previously, the squad emerged victorious in 2016, 2017 and 2018 with dominating performances capturing gold each time.

It will be interesting to see what approaches the team takes going forward into 2020 as they attempt to reclaim Gold. That is, of course if they even get the chance.

As of this posting, a 2020 World Cup has not been confirmed. It’s unclear what Blizzard would purpose from an esports standpoint for Overwatch if the global competition is put on hold. 

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Overwatch players discover Reinhardt is “broken” with new hammer buff

Published: 4/Dec/2020 23:18

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.