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Hidden Sigma PTR nerf could kill Overwatch’s double barrier meta

Published: 6/Sep/2019 21:13 Updated: 6/Sep/2019 21:46

by Michael Gwilliam


From bronze to pro play, Overwatch has been dominated by barriers ever since Sigma’s introduction to the game, but all that could be about to change thanks to a newly discovered nerf on the PTR.

Early on into the hero’s release, players of all skills began experimenting with running Sigma and Orisa together and the result is a seemingly impenetrable wall of force fields with enough HP to withstand a tactical nuke.

While this has caused heroes such as Doomfist to thrive because he can attack through shields, many of the games heroes find themselves in unfavorable positions.

Blizzard EntertainmentSigma’s barrier can be tough to play around.

However, a secret nerf has been discovered in the game’s 1.40 PTR that could greatly impact the double barrier meta.

User PatriqTheLazy posted a clip on r/Overwatch showing that when Sombra hacks Sigma, his deployed barrier will completely disappear for the duration of the hack. 

This is a pretty big change, making Sigma’s barrier more in line with Reinhardt’s when he is hacked by the game’s stealth-based Talon agent.

Over on the official forums, Game Developer Josh Noh confirmed that this change was intentional and not a bug. “Confirming this is an intended change for 1.40,” he wrote. 

While this buff to Sombra will easily clear away Sigma’s barrier, Orisa’s is not affected when she is hacked. 

Still, having a way to clear out Sigma’s barrier with a cool down is a major change and may really hurt his potential as a main tank in the future. 

Blizzard EntertainmentSombra got a pretty big buff against Sigma.

Sombra and Doomfist have both been used together against GOATs and could find themselves as must-picks in the future, creating a rock to double barrier’s scissors.

The double barrier meta has been a staple of the Overwatch League playoffs where Sigma and Orisa are run on nearly every single map. Sombra’s hack could be critical in opening the game up by removing one of the obstacles standing in the way of multiple damage characters.

Only time will tell if pros and ladder grinders can utilize this buff to break the game’s newest meta. 


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

Blizzard Entertainment
The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.