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This Sanjay Korpal hero concept is exactly what Overwatch needs

Published: 9/Apr/2019 17:24 Updated: 9/Apr/2019 18:00

by David Purcell


Many Overwatch fans have put together compelling arguments to have their very own unique characters added to the game, but this hero concept for Sanjay Korpal is on a whole other level. 

Who is Overwatch’s Sanjay Korpal? 

Sanjay might be known to many fans as a pretty diplomatic character that’s very much engrained in Blizzard’s story for Overwatch as an official for Vishkar Corporation, but those who have a deeper understanding of his character will know that he’s deeply entangled with a terrorist organization, Talon. 

He’s a cunning and manipulative character, without question, and with the right abilities he could be a forced to be reckoned with in combat. 

So, let’s take a look at how that could be made a reality… 

Blizzard EntertainmentThis Sanjay concept for Overwatch has some similarities to current hero Symmetra.

What do we know about the Sanjay concept? 

This concept proposes that Blizzard transform a character who seeks to create a better world in his own vision by working hard behind a desk into someone that can jump right into battle and forcibly make a difference. 

While described as a “clinical pragmatist” who is distant from the emotions tied with decisions as long as they get the job done, YouTuber Master Ian Gamer has expanded what we already know of Sanjay’s character and created what could be a fully functioning tank hero. 

Many other notable hero concepts might have had incredible backstories coupled with never before seen abilities – such as Raptor Specimen 13, tank hero Voltikko and others – but the likelihood of a completely fan-made creation appearing in the game is still slim, nevertheless.

On the other hand, Sanjay is part of the Overwatch world after all so it’s not that far-fetched. 

Sanjay concept’s potential weapons and abilities 

There are a million different ways that Blizzard could go with Sanjay Korpal, in terms of his abilities, but the creator of this concept decided to speculate on the little information there is available on Sanjay to build a set of abilities that fit his potential role as a hero. 

“In addition to being a negotiator in more formal situations with other corporate executives, Sanjay’s diplomatic skills often place him in the field handing unruly opposition,” Master Ian Gamer said, describing the reasons for choosing the character’s abilities. “Not everybody agrees with Vishkar’s invasive redevelopments so it’s his job to deal with riots and uprising when things get out of hand.”

More details on the backstory that sparked the creation of this main tank hero concept can be found in the video above, but let’s take a look at the kit he’ll have available to him.

Screengrab from Master Ian Gamer / YouTubeThis Sanjay hero concept would have regenerative body armor in Overwatch, similar to that of Half-Life 2’s Combine Elite.

According to this concept, Sanjay would have the following weapons and abilities: 

Primary weapon – Light Manipulation Device (LMD)

This primary weapon would be a more advanced version of a Photon Projector, as used by hero Symmetra, shooting shards in rapid succession with a high rate of fire and ammo capacity, but with low range and accuracy. 

With up to seven damage per bullet and a 15 RPS rate of fire, this looks like it would be a handy little weapon to use. While primary fire won’t be so strong, players would be able to charge up the LMD for more range and variety – with explosive damage in a blast. 

Main ability – Dynamic Barriers

Sanjay would be able to project a field between two points to use as a barrier to deflect enemy gunfire, or as a ramp tool for him to move around in certain situations. It cannot be used as a trap, though, as it’s only solid to travel over for Sanjay. There’s a great demonstration of the maneuverability that makes up this concept’s unique selling point in the video (starting at the 5:53 mark). 

Screengrab from Master Ian Gamer / YouTubeSanjay’s Ultimate would be Supression Field and there’s a great demonstration to check out in Master Ian Gamer’s YouTube video.

Sanjay’s Ultimate – Suppression Field

This is a really technical ultimate but could be a really exciting tool to have. Using sonic technology, high-frequency sound waves disarm enemies in the nearby areas. Again, you can see a full demonstration in the video (starting at 14:18), as it takes some explaining. 

So, there you have it. That’s everything we know about Master Ian Gamer’s fully formed Sanjay Korpal tank hero. Do you think it would be a great next addition for Overwatch? 


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
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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.