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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 cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl


Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.