This fan-made Overwatch skin takes Reinhardt into the StarCraft universe - Dexerto

This fan-made Overwatch skin takes Reinhardt into the StarCraft universe

Published: 11/Jan/2019 19:18 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 16:42

by Bill Cooney


Reinhardt is one of Overwatch’s most popular tank heroes – and one fan has created an amazing 3D skin concept of the Crusader as a ‘Protoss’ from another Blizzard game: StarCraft.

The concept is based on ‘Fenix,’ a character from Blizzard’s StarCraft II title, which was released in 2010.

Fenix is a legendary warrior for the Protoss, one of StarCraft’s alien races, and he’s a pretty great pick to base a Reinhardt skin on as the two are pretty similar.

The awesome skin concept, called ‘Purifier,’ was made by an artist by the name of ‘mqpmqp,’ who posted the full, interactive 3D model  to

It features Reinhardt decked out in some really cool-looking, white Protoss armor, which looks similar to Fenix’s troops in StarCraft Co-Op modes – especially with the orange highlights.

Reinhardt’s hammer may be the highlight of this skin though, as it’s been reimagined as kind of a laser axe/spear weapon, which looks like it would be super fun to smash squishy opponents with.

Overwatch – Reinhardt purifier
by mqpmqp
on Sketchfab

On Reinhardt’s left arm, where the lion head for his shield would usually be, the artist placed a rendering of Fenix’s head, instead.

The fact that this skin is a full 3D model just makes it even more impressive. It literally looks ready to be patched in and played in-game.

Blizzard has introduced a few StarCraft skins so far for Widowmaker and Orisa, but based on how awesome this concept looks, more StarCraft skins would probably be a massive hit with Overwatch fans.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.