Paladins' Next Open Beta Update Introduces New Champion

QuintLyn Bowers
By QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
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The next Open Beta update for Hi-Rez' free-to-play shooter Paladins is on its way and it's bringing with it a new archer champion -- Sha Lin - the Desert Wind.

The champion is described by the devs as having more of a "true draw" with arrows being affected by gravity. Among his abilities is "The Great Bow" which is assigned to the left mouse button and can be powered up by simply holding the mouse button down as long as you like. (It also allows the arrow to shoot straighter and be affected by gravity less.) There is a downside however, as players will experience a speed penalty as long as the mouse button is held down.

The right mouse button ability is something called "The Impaler Arrow" and can be used while the left mouse ability is in use. This ability knocks the enemy back. If they hit a wall in the knockback, they're stunned.

Sha Lin's movement ability allows him to leap out of himself, effectively becoming invisible while moving and leaving a still image of himself behind as a decoy. His Q ability is "Planted" which plants him in one spot and increases his fire rate and reduces his draw time.

Finally, his ultimate is an escape ability that allows him to enter stealth and move more quickly while drawing his bow 50% faster. He also leaves an image of himself behind every 2 seconds, causing a bit of confusion while running away.

Full patch notes detailing Sha Lin's abilities -- as well as other changes coming with update 37 -- will be available later this week. You can watch a preview of his abilities above.

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QuintLyn Bowers
QuintLyn Bowers, News Editor
QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community.

Discussion (24)

TreadHead 6 years ago
This game was in development before Overwatch and was different in gameplay style. When Overwatch was announced they started moving the game more and more in that direction so you could say it is a cheap Overwatch.

However Blizzard is Blizzard and almost every single gameplay mechanic and ability in Overwatch is from other another game especially TF2 and even Hi-Rez's own "Global Agenda". So its fair to call them both knock-offs.

Blizzard is the most successful clone-factory of all time. The only thing they bring to the table themselves is marketing and production value (and some people like their story-telling but that is subjective, since some people also think their stories are childish).

zxdual 6 years ago
Admittedly stupid dude, you just hate most ftp things don't you.

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Welp 6 years ago
Both games are fun so why all the damn hate. They were both in production around the same time, Overwatch was just announced and released first. You can't call one of them a copy since both copy stuff from other games. A notable example would be TF2. As for the characters, sure you can say that Overwatch has more background story for them but originality? I've seen stuff similar to both of them already. Its hard to stay original when almost everything has already been done. Sure I had more fun with overwatch but to say that paladins wasn't almost as fun would be a lie. Both games are great to play when you have a bunch of friends to play with.

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WHY? 6 years ago
first tree with axe, then WW2 soldier with futuristic rifle, mexican in transformer templar armours, hindu with shotgun jumping like hulk, dragon with jetpack, robot from dark ages.... and now we got alladin from china with bow that shoots d.i.l.d.o.s if hit walls....
hi rez - F.,U.,C.,K your taste!!! better buy overwatch than play this tasteless copy-paste, "made in CHINA" version

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