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10 Overwatch custom games to try while waiting in ranked queue

Published: 1/Jun/2020 3:48 Updated: 2/Jun/2020 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Queue times for Overwatch’s competitive mode can be a drag, but the game’s vast assortment of creative Workshop modes can fill that time with excellent fun or practice.

Whether you’re grouped up with friends or climbing the ladder on your lonesome, you may as well make the most out of your Overwatch ranked queue time—particularly if you’re waiting on a DPS slot to open up.

And whether you want to warm up and work on your aim or simply have a laugh, Overwatch’s illustrious fans have you covered with an absurd variety of options.

 

Top 10 Overwatch custom games

10. Spider Widow

This one is simply silly. A Workshop creator who goes by ‘Therister’ has given Widowmaker spider legs which, while fitting, is certified nightmare fuel. 

It’s not worth spending your full queue time trying out, but it’s definitely a good time if you want to mix things up and explore a bizarre alternate reality. Its Workshop code is 5D4FX, if you want to terrify your friends.

 

9. 12 Hogs: 1 Hole

An older mode made by ‘Block,’ but a nice break for those Roadhog players who wish they could spend more time throwing hooks and less time forced into throwing D.Va bombs. In this one, 12 Roadhogs spawn around Ilios: Well, and try hooking each other into the pit’s chasm.

Whenever you get a kill, you get your ultimate, which enables you to shoot your way out of the pit when you’ve been pulled in. It gives pulled pork a whole new meaning and is a quality chance to decompress before a match.

8. Enhanced Ana Paintball

The absolute classic, created by ‘Jinko.’ No headshots, no grenades, just you playing Ana in a field of people playing Ana — each trying to nail shots or Sleep Darts for a point apiece.

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Ana is a mother and a gunner, with a hitbox small enough to prove a perfect training partner.

In some more elaborate versions of this mode, players are unable to stay scoped in for too long, encouraging you to work on your quick-scope skills. This is a simple, but fun way to work on your aim as one of the game’s most difficult heroes. Its Workshop code is 1DMTZ.

7. 1v1 Arena

Winning 1v1’s separates the bad from the good and the good from the great. In this mode, you take turns going “mano a mano” while everyone else. It’s like a casual Thunderdome while you wait to put your SR on the line.

This is a good time for those wanting to get the blood pumping. Its code is TXCXX and it was built by ‘Seita.’

6. Doom Sumo

This should probably sit behind some of the options on this list, but it’s honestly silly, fun and good practice for those who don’t want to take the time to improve with Doomfist.

You and a bunch of other Doomfists need to punch each other off the map and the winner is crowned the best fist of them all. The code is 2A2YA and the creator is ‘KukuGie.’

5. Thomas (the Tank Engine)

When silly meets genius, you find this bizarre mode that took the Overwatch world by storm for a while.

‘rangddang’ somehow made Thomas the Tank Engine in Overwatch and then made a mode where he tries to run people over. Simple rules, great laughs.

4. Aim Trainer

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this mode crafted by ‘PMAJellies’ is all about getting your aim right for an upcoming match. You’ll get to choose from a variety of ways to work on your aim, including real character models programmed to pull off different behaviors.

Much more effective than the Practice Range, this mode helps you click heads and its code is KAVE5.

3. Pictionary

Another one by PMAJellies, if you’ve been playing a little too much Overwatch, this is the perfect way to unwind before getting back into the action. It’s the classic game of Pictionary, but brilliantly executed in Overwatch.

The code is FH93A and your artistic options are limitless.

2. Island Party

Imagine every great workshop mode rolled into one. ‘Jokaes’ did and they came up with Island Party, the solution to the easily bored—and a fantastic way to find out what specific modes you want to play more from (Winston Sumo? Torbjorn Hammers?).

You’ll have to just look around and find a particular Island Party that you like most, because there are a variety of modes to choose from.

1. Gun Game

As old as gaming itself, but it’s just too fun. FFA Deathmatch, but everyone starts as the same character and you can’t swap until you get a kill. It is a preset you can choose from now, but still a hit in custom lobbies.

This type of mode has been most popular in Call of Duty, as players start with a pistol and secure kills to move on to stronger guns. But it works perfectly in Overwatch, forcing you to improve your versatility and have a weird, frantic blast in the process.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.