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Clever Overwatch trick makes Baptiste’s Immortality Field even stronger

Published: 27/Jun/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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Baptiste’s Immortality Field ability is already one of the strongest in all of Overwatch, but players have discovered a way to make it harder to destroy—suggesting intriguing possibilities.

Baptiste’s Immortality Field is probably a stronger ability than his ultimate, and the only true way to counter it is to destroy the lamp. Smart Baptistes will therefore put their invincibility-granting disco ball around a corner so it’s hard to hit, but players have discovered you can also hide it vertically.

The immortality drone has 200 HP and therefore requires some bursting down. For example, a Reinhardt can drop it in four swings. So it’s good practice to place the lamp around a corner so that your team can fight comfortably within its range while not directly putting it in harm’s way.

The only issue is that, when cast normally, the drone levitates around 2.5 meters high—making it a sitting duck for someone who takes an off-angle to destroy it. Even if a Reinhardt or Orisa commits to defending the lamp, its top should still be vulnerable to attack. But this can be circumvented by a trick Redditor ‘Alexandros_A’ has shown on Havana.

If you use immortality field on these spots in Havana. They will glitch and stay down, this might be useful for staying on the choke point without worrying about the immortality field breaking. from Overwatch

Using the overhanging ledge of the early Havana curb, an Immortality Field can be thrown so that it treats the curb like a ceiling and stays very low to the ground. While this makes the lamp more vulnerable to splash damage and abilities that otherwise couldn’t hurt it, like Torbjorn’s Molten Core, it also protects the lamp from flankers.

In the Havana example, a defender could typically go through the Viola y Orsino bar (on the attacker’s left as the Payload moves toward Point A’s only choke point corner) and quickly shoot down the lamp. But by getting it below the curb, it would be impossible to hit without committing to jumping down onto the street.

This is obviously a very niche situation, as it requires an overhanging ledge on a low surface to work and is only effective because of this particular point’s layout—as defenders wouldn’t be able to take a good angle at it without sacrificing their preferred corner hold. But it does raise some intriguing upside.

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The Viola y Orsino bar that Havana defenders most often use to deny positioning.

Hiding an Immortality Field around a corner already makes the ability much more effective. 

If players can figure out places where they can both hide it around a corner and keep it low enough that a shield or surface easily protects it further, then that just doubles efficacy and forces the other team to wait out its eight-second duration.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”