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Here’s the best way to bait out enemy ultimates in Overwatch

Published: 14/Jan/2019 19:07 Updated: 14/Jan/2019 19:25

by Bill Cooney

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Ultimate abilities can go a long way toward determining the outcome of an Overwatch match, and recently Los Angeles Valian’s Indy ‘Space’ Halpern of the shared a great way to force the enemy team to use more of their ultimates during a fight.

During Overwatch League and Contenders, the term ‘Ultimate Advantage’ is used to describe the team with more ultimate abilities ready, which automatically gives them an edge in team fights.

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But, if one team is able to coordinate and build up six ultimates at a time, or just hold on to them, it becomes a game of trying to draw them out for the other team, and L.A. Valiant flex player SPACE shared a great way to do just that.

“Because people default and play the same thing over and over, people are going to think we’re going to hold the same position right?” SPACE told fans on stream. “The reason I call to let them out here, is because the further we let them out, the more ults they’re gonna have to use.”

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SPACE used a situation on Busan where his team had one ultimate and the enemy team had at least five as an example of how giving the enemy team more room onto the point can force the opposing team to use more ultimates than they intend to.

“If we only hold [the] choke, they’re going to use Zarya (Gravitron) and NanoBlade, but because we let them out, they use six ults,” he explains before showing the clip of exactly what he’s talking about – the enemy team comes out and throws all but one of their ultimates on point.

Instead of just costing the enemy team three ultimates, SPACE’s team is able to force out five, which means that his team is now ahead in the ultimate game.

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Compare this to when the team with one ultimate uses it in a losing fight to hold the choke point, only forcing out three enemy ultimates, and the advantages become clear.

SPACE will be back in action with the rest of the Los Angeles Valiant when the Overwatch League gets going again on February 14.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.