The Torbjörn overhaul is now live in Overwatch - Dexerto

The Torbjörn overhaul is now live in Overwatch

Published: 9/Oct/2018 18:35

by Joe O'Brien


The rework for Overwatch hero Torbjörn went live with the most recent patch.

Torbjörn is the latest hero to get the overhaul treatment, following the likes of Symmetra and Hanzo, both of whom received major changes fairly recently.

Arguably one of the most neglected heroes throughout Overwatch’s lifespan so far, Torbjörn has been long due a rework. Similarly to Symmetra before her most recent overhaul, Torbjörn’s original design meant he was an incredibly niche pick, really only viable as a defensive hero on certain maps and even then usually superseded by more versatile options.

The new Torbjörn is designed to be a little less specialized, in theory widening the set of circumstances in which he can be effective and also simply buffing his raw output in order to compete with alternative picks.

One of the biggest changes is to Torbjörn’s ultimate, Molten Core. Though it will keep the name, the ability now sees Torbjörn deploy molten lava from his claw arm, creating damage pools where the globules land that last for 10 seconds.

Torbjörn’s other new ability is Overload, which replaces Armor Pack. Overload lasts for five seconds, during which Torbjörn is granted 150 armor, and increased attack, movement, and reload speed.

The trademark turrets remain, although they’ve been adjusted. Now, Torbjörn’s turrets are a thrown projectile, rather than being placed, and automatically build themselves. Turret levels have been removed, but the new turrets have the same damage output as what was previously the “level 2” turret.

Finally, Torbjörn’s Rivet gun has received a direct buff, with its reload time reduced, primary projectile speed increased, and alternate fire recovery time lowered – although the latter also receives a minor damage nerf to balance the other improvements.

Patch notes for the Torbjörn changes can be seen below, and the full patch notes can be read here.

  • Reduced the size of Torbjörn’s head hit volume by 10%
  • Primary Fire
    • Projectile speed increased from 60 to 70 per second
    • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
    • Turret targets enemy hit by primary fire
  • Alternate Fire
    • Recovery lowered from 0.8 to 0.6 seconds
    • Damage per shot lowered from 150 to 125
    • Reload time reduced from 2.2 to 2 seconds
    • Spread randomization readjusted
  • Radius increased to align with Quick Melee
  • Turret is now a thrown projectile
  • Automatically builds over three seconds
    • No longer has different levels
    • Same damage output as previous level 2 turret
  • Maximum health reduced from 300 to 250
  • Now incurs a 5 second cooldown when deployed
  • Now incurs a 10 second cooldown when destroyed in combat
  • No longer able to deploy a new turret if it’s in combat
    • While the turret is firing
    • If the turret has taken damage within three seconds
  • Can now be destroyed using the Interact input
  • Completes self-building once deployed, even if Torbjörn is eliminated
  • Replaces Armor Pack
  • Lasts for 5 seconds
  • Cooldown is 12 seconds
  • Temporarily grants 150 armor
  • Increases attack, movement, and reload speeds by 30%
  • Switches weapon from Rivet Gun to his claw arm
  • Lasts 6 seconds
  • Fire up to 10 molten globules that create damage pools where they land for 10 seconds
    • Globules bounce off walls and ceilings until they hit the ground
  • Base damage is 130
  • Damage increases from 130 to 190 against enemies who have armor
    • Heroes affected by armor: Bastion, Brigitte, D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Torbjörn, Winston, Wrecking Ball
    • Heroes who can grant armor to their allies: Brigitte

Please note that Torbjörn will be unavailable in Competitive Play for two weeks.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.