When is Baptiste going live in Overwatch? - Dexerto

When is Baptiste going live in Overwatch?

Published: 12/Mar/2019 23:13 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 20:52

by Bill Cooney


Baptiste, the newest Overwatch hero has been on the PTR for a couple weeks, and players are wondering when he’ll come to the main game and consoles.

UPDATE 3/13: Blizzard has announced that Baptiste will be available in the main game and on console beginning March 19.

New Overwatch heroes always spend some time on the PTR before being released to the main game and consoles.

The time spent on the test region varies from hero to hero, but on average they usually spend about three weeks being tested before going live.

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Baptiste was revealed and released to the PTR on February 25, which would make Tuesday, March 19 a likely candidate for when he’ll be going live, based on that three week rule.

Overwatch updates usually happen on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, so there are a few opportunities in the next few weeks for Baptiste to arrive.

For example, Brigitte was released to the PTR on February 28, 2018, and went live on March 20, a little over three weeks later.

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When Baptiste is added to the main game it will also be the first time console players will be able to try the new hero, since Xbox and PS4 players can’t access the PTR.

Once he does go live, it will be one week before Baptiste will be available in Competitive play, but he will be playable in Quick Play, Custom Games and Arcade Mode.

There are also a ton of updates to various Overwatch heroes on the PTR right now as well, and there’s a good chance those could go live along with Baptiste.


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
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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.