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How to watch the Overwatch League’s Community Countdown preseason

Published: 9/Feb/2019 18:31 Updated: 13/Feb/2019 22:09

by Bill Cooney

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In a change of pace from last year, the Overwatch League is hosting a series of scrims between teams that began on Saturday, February 9, along with a number of challenges similar to the All-Star Weekend in 2018.

Casual scrims took place between Overwatch League teams on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. All 20 teams, including the new expansion teams, got the chance to play.

There were also 1v1 Ashe and Ana matches between Overwatch League players and Capture the flag between teams.

The buildup to the regular season continues, with a 6v6 showmatch between Overwatch League talent and streamers tonight at 6 PM PST.

Wednesday’s match will be played until one team wins three maps, the map pool consists of Nepal, Numbani, Route 66, Horizon Lunar Colony and Busan.

The match will be played in the standard Overwatch competitive 6v6 format, with a mixture of both Overwatch League talent and streamers on each team.

The teams for Wednesday’s showmatch are as follows:

Robert Paul/Blizzard EntertainmentOverwatch League analyst Salome Soe Gschwind Penski will be part of the preseason showmatch.

Below is the official stream for Wednesday, February 13:

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The match should hold over Overwatch League fans, who have gone over 200 days without an official League match, for another very long 24 hours.

Wednesday’s matches will take place on the official Overwatch League Twitch channel, but there’s no word on whether or not viewers will receive Overwatch League Tokens for tuning in.

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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.