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Epic Overwatch flank on King’s Row lets Sigma secretly attack enemy team

Published: 9/Aug/2020 21:59

by Theo Salaun

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Sigma, one of Overwatch’s more popular tanks, has a curious relationship with gravity. It turns out that anti-gravity mobility can be used with dangerous potency on the final point of King’s Row.

The King’s Row flank is one of Overwatch’s most popular sneaky maneuvers, as the final point exists as a platform atop a deadly pool of lava and courageous players can take advantage of the two access points to brave death and sneakily surprise their opponents. While Pharah mains are the most prominent abusers of this technique, it turns out that Sigma players can use it too.

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Roadhogs will typically hang out by the first hole to the underlying lava pools on King’s Row’s final point, taking up residence near the point’s Mega Health Pack and attempting to hook oncoming attackers into the pit of despair. This is precisely what happened to Reddit’s ‘PharaohDez,’ but they had their ultimate and intuitively turned certain death into cool-headed destruction. 

Sigma’s Gravitic Flux ultimate enables you to pull enemies upward, trapping them midair before slamming them back down, while simultaneously letting Sigma defy gravity himself and ascend upward and slowly fly around for around five to eight seconds. 

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The user reacted quickly to his hook and used the ultimate to casually float near his subterranean demise and lift out on the other end, emerging from the access point closer to the defending spawn and attacking the enemy team without any of them knowing he was back there.

Since Sigma’s ultimate can be canceled by stunning, sleeping, or killing him, being able to surprise enemies with it is crucial to ensuring its efficiency. In this case, that enabled him to avoid the slightest possibility that the opposing Ana would be able to hit him with a Sleep Dart. But had the opposing Roadhog not been hooked to his death by PharaohDez’s teammate, this would have also ensured he could not be hooked out of his Gravitic Flux as well.

Ultimately, players have been aware that heroes like Pharah and an ulting Winston can pull off this flank, but few have been brave enough to try it with a slower hero like Sigma. Now that we’ve seen it successfully done, defending teams will have to keep a closer eye on their backline when facing the tanky scientist. 

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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch League’s second straight commissioner, Pete Vlastelica, is stepping down after just one season with the league according to a new report.

According to The Esports Observer, sources claim that Vlastelica, who replaced Nate Nanzer in 2019 will be stepping down from his position.

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However, Vlastelica will remain President and CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports, a title he continued to hold throughout his time as Overwatch League Commissioner.

OWL’s first commissioner, Nate Nanzer, left the league in 2019 to join Epic Games and help grow Fortnite’s competitive scene.

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The 2020 season was moved online after a few homestands.

The Esports Observer’s sources didn’t provide any additional information, and it’s unclear who will be in line to replace him.

The news comes days before the North American Overwatch League All-Stars event, and just one week before the Grand Finals weekend is set to kick off.

Unfortunately, the Overwatch League’s third season was heavily hindered by the ongoing global health crisis which put an end to the homestand events – something the league had been promoting hard in past years.

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Only a few homestand events ended up happening such as those in Dallas, Washington, New York and Philadelphia before the league switched to an online format for the remainder of the season.

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None of the four Asian, two European or two Canadian teams have hosted a homestand event yet as a result.

As Dexerto previously reported, Activision is allowing CDL and OWL teams to skip franchise payments in 2020.

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With uncertainty regarding the fourth season and anticipation mounting for Overwatch 2, it’s anyone’s guess as to how the league proceeds.

Aside from issues facing the league outside of its control, Riot Games’ tactical FPS Valorant has resonated highly with many Overwatch pros. The 2020 season saw major names such as 2019 MVP Sinatraa retire from Overwatch to pursue a new career competing in Valorant.

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