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Blizzard Has Reportedly Sold the First Overwatch League Expansion Spot

Published: 30/Jul/2018 14:45 Updated: 30/Jul/2018 16:22

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has reportedly sold the first expansion spot for Season Two of the Overwatch League.

According to a report from ESPN, Blizzard has sold a franchise spot based in Atlanta to a group funded by Cox Enterprises, a conglomerate based in Georgia.

The news comes shortly after a previous report that Blizzard is close to finalizing deals for spots in Paris, France and Guangzhou, China. It is anticipated that Blizzard will seek up to six new expansion teams for Season Two, so there could be three further locations yet to be revealed.

Expansion spots are expected to sell for between $30-60 million, depending on factors such as the number of bidders for a given spot, the Overwatch player density in that location and the general population.

The buy-in price is a significant raise on the reported $20 million buy-in for Season One. Where previously the league was an ambitious project with no track record and an uncommon model for esports, Blizzard now has a season in which the league exceeded expectations in every parameter with which to negotiate.

Season Two of the Overwatch League isn’t expected to begin until 2019, but expansion teams will have an exclusive free agent signing window from September 9-October 7, so any new teams are likely to have been officially announced before then.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.