We are heavily on the subject of Overwatch characters in dire need of nerfs and buffs at the moment. We say at the moment, but it is a topic of discussion that has stuck among fans since launch. In this instance, rather peculiarly, the change suggestion is based on Winston, specifically his shield.
With there being three Overwatch heroes, Reinhardt, Orisa and of course Winston offering this form of shield, only Winston doesn’t have a health bar for his shield. Whilst this may be confusing for some players, especially after such a long amount of time, there may be a logical explanation as to why Blizzard hasn’t addressed the issue.
This is because Reinhardt and Orisa’s shield serve a slightly different purpose to Winston’s, as alluded to by Reddit user Coyce:
his shield serves an entirely different purpose than rein/orisa’s do. they actively defend their Team with the shield. sure, Winston can do that too, but it’s usually used as a tool to encourage aggressive playstyle.
In a nutshell, Winston’s shield is as much about attack as it is defence. Whilst it doesn’t burst like other shields, it deflects certain attacks from certain heroes that make it the more aggressive option out of the others. It can prove to be very effective also, especially if co-operative team mates utilize it in the right manner by taking cover behind it, therefore opening the shield up to sponge any attacks that come forth.
Would you like to see changes made to Winston’s shield? Do you think that his shield does require a health bar like the other heroes after all? Let us know in the comments section below.