Why Overwatch's latest range nerfs shouldn’t affect Widowmaker players - Dexerto

Why Overwatch’s latest range nerfs shouldn’t affect Widowmaker players

Published: 25/Aug/2020 22:41

by Bill Cooney


The latest Overwatch Experimental path included a number of updates for Widowmaker, but the good news is that the nerfs to her range don’t really seem like they’ll affect regular players too much.

On August 24 we got a brand new Experimental patch in Overwatch that contained a number of updates for several heroes, including Widowmaker. Notably, it increased her max ammo from 30 to 35, but increased the cost of fully-charged scoped shots from 3 to 5 ammunition cost.

The biggest nerf (or what seemed to be at the time) though, was adding a 50% damage falloff from 60-85 meters for all of her scoped shots as well.

It definitely sounds like a massive nerf to the long-range Widowmaker, but she still does 200 damage (enough to kill most heroes with one shot) up to 76.66 meters, which is quite a bit of distance when you can actually see it.

To demonstrate just how far Widow is able to reach and click heads, Overwatch player PMAJellies whipped up a quick rangefinding tool in the workshop. The sniper will deal 200 damage and up to any player within that range, and less than 200 to anyone outside the red wall.

From these images, it’s pretty safe to say that unless you possess the same OWL-calibre skill as Minho “Architect” Park or any other legendary top-level Widowmaker, you probably won’t notice too much of a difference to her maximum range.

Take Ilios Ruins for example, even back on the roof of the temple containing a large health pack, the entire point, and then some, is still within her kill zone.

Let’s be honest here, even though we’d all like to think our Widowmaker play is good enough to tag an enemy from miles away using a clutch grapple boost, the vast majority of players aren’t capable of this, and stick to targets already inside of the ranges PMAJellies displayed on various maps.

Widow is certainly in an interesting place as far as Overwatch heroes go at the moment. The “death” of the double shield meta in the August 13 patch could very well herald a new golden age for fans of the purple-haired sniper, even with her recent nerfs. Just be sure to try and keep your shots within a realistic distance to get the maximum damage.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
Blizzard Entertainment
Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.