Open Beta 55: Paladins Celestial Uprising – Champs, Maps, Balancing Acts

Paladins has entered a new champion into the arena. Going into the mountains as a mortal to find the answers in the stars, Jenos ascended into the sky and gained...

Paladins new champ: JenosPaladins has entered a new champion into the arena. Going into the mountains as a mortal to find the answers in the stars, Jenos ascended into the sky and gained celestial power.

Jenos’ arsenal consists of a starry orb that grants healing and disabling powers, quick-evade and floating abilities as well as an automatic rifle that packs a big bang. Jenos is an aggressive support character that can push attack strategies efficiently – a hybrid style that you could probably spot in a lot of multiplayer games today. His most notable ability is his ult which is a celestial blast of 2400 damage, goes through walls and can almost guarantee a kill, but renders him vulnerable and can be detected by enemies, giving them about a second and a half to quickly move the hell out of the way. Use with caution.

OB55 also brings along a new siege map: Splitstone Quarry. This very charming but dusty, humid-looking map once held a gold mining operation, predictably building on the back story of the goblin character Ruckus. As a result, there will be some environmental hazards as well as sneaky alternate routes that players have to watch out for and flankers will probably enjoy.

Paladins new map: SplitStone Quarry

Other notes include a Champion rotation and an Enchanted Key that allows players to avoid duplicates and guarantees one legendary from Radiant Chests.

The devs continue to stomp on bugs throughout the beta and hopefully thereafter, including in-game ability fixes, functionality, menu clean-up and gameplay issues. However, most importantly for multiplayer games like this, each update brings in another balancing fix much to the joy or chagrin of players, depending on who they use. Skye and Fernando notably have been nerfed, while Viktor has been given a buff in ammo count and flag grenade usability.

You can view the full Open Beta 55 Patch notes on the Paladins website and player discussions courtesy of Reddit.

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