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Curious new Tracer exploit has Overwatch players scratching their heads

Published: 22/Mar/2019 0:21 Updated: 22/Mar/2019 0:41

by Bill Cooney

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One curious Overwatch player seems to have discovered a unique exploit that Tracer can pull off out of spawn.

Overwatch got a massive update on March 19, but whether or not that caused this exploit is unknown – however, clips of the possible bug have only been posted recently.

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Tracer is one of Overwatch’s original heroes and definitely a fan favorite, but now, a new exploit seems to let other heroes take advantage of her time-bending abilities.

In a clip posted to Reddit, user ScorelessPine demonstrates the exploit, which involves Recalling from spawn, then quickly changing heroes.

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If it’s done exactly right, the new hero will appear outside of spawn, where Tracer’s recall countdown began.

Obviously there’s almost no time to make a hero selection, since you would be furiously clicking just to switch in the first place, so even picking the hero you want would take a bit of practice.

One clever user pointed out in the comments that a Symmetra could achieve the same thing with her teleporter, but that would take two people, while the Tracer exploit only takes one.

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Most users in the comments seemed to agree that the “exploit” wasn’t particularly game-breaking, and could really only be used in very specific situations (like attacking on King’s Row, for example).

Regardless, it’s something that Blizzard will probably take care of soon, so players might want to think twice before practicing to become a world record hero picker.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.