This fan-made Tracer skin would be perfect for the Overwatch winter event - Dexerto
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This fan-made Tracer skin would be perfect for the Overwatch winter event

Published: 22/Oct/2018 17:10 Updated: 22/Oct/2018 17:59

by Bill Cooney

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October has seen a ton of great Overwatch art from the fan community already, and this latest skin from Twitter user Red_Masca continues that trend with a skin for Tracer that looks good enough for this year’s Winter Wonderland Event.

Red posted the ‘Lightspeed’ concept to his Twitter account over the weekend, and it gives Tracer a blue color scheme and white hair that would fit in perfectly as an Overwatch Winter Wonderland skin.

She also gets fur added to her uniform, which adds to the wintery feel of this skin and makes it looks like Tracer is getting ready for a trip to Ecopoint Antartica.

Tracer already has her “Jingle” Winter Wonderland skin, but fans probably wouldn’t mind if she got another this year, especially if it looks as good as Red’s creation.

Red has created a few Overwatch concept skins recently, including one for D.Va that’s perfect for Halloween and an awesome take on Genji.

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Red’s latest creation probably won’t find it’s way into this year’s Winter Wonderland lineup, but it’s still an awesome example of the creativity in the Overwatch community.

Even though fans may not end up seeing this skin become official anytime soon, an image from the Blizzard Gear store may have recently leaked a new Winter Wonderland skin for Junkrat.

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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.”

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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.