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Insane new Overwatch exploit is turning Torbjorn turrets invisible

Published: 10/Aug/2020 3:52

by Brad Norton

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A ridiculous new Overwatch exploit may just be one of the most powerful Blizzard’s hero shooter has ever seen, with Mei’s Cryo-Freeze shockingly making Torbjorn’s turrets invisible.

The Overwatch community is always discovering new tricks with the 32 heroes on the game’s current roster. Whether it’s crazy flanks or powerful tech to reach new heights, there’s something new being uncovered almost every day.

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Most of the new tactics focus on heroes in the meta rotation. However, the latest game-changing interaction comes from an unsuspecting figure. Torbjorn has always been a niche pick in competitive Overwatch. Though a new glitch might see him shoot to the top of your Damage-based picks.

A cheeky interaction with Mei can change his turrets in a ridiculous way. Instead of peppering a target and being focused down near-instantly, a new exploit makes his gadgets more powerful than ever.

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The invisible turret can be hidden anywhere, even the opposing spawn.

How Torbjorn’s turret can be turned invisible in Overwatch

The bug requires at least two players to coordinate, but results could outright change the course of a match. You’ll need your Torbjorn to fling his turret straight up into the sky. As it comes plummeting back down to the ground, Mei needs to be sat below in her Cryo-Freeze state.

If the two abilities are lined up just right, they’ll awkwardly phase into one another. The turret will slowly drop down and disappear inside of the icicle. Executing this play on solid ground won’t change all too much, however. In order to make the turret outright disappear, you’ll need to be standing on a breakable guardrail.

Overwatch fails to process all three objects together, leading to an extremely powerful bug. Torbjorn’s turret stays in the game and will fire at nearby enemies, but it will be completely invisible.

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Neither the defenders nor the attackers will be able to see the deadly device. The only way to actually find it in the environment is to break every guardrail on the map.

Without knowing this, enemies will think they’re being hit by someone they can’t see. Before long, it could lead to a few eliminations, and totally change the match.

Obviously this exploit can be countered if you start on the defending side and simply blast down every breakable surface. It also takes a good amount of setup to actually place in-game. It won’t be the easiest thing to execute on in a competitive match.

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Nonetheless, it’s still capable of ruining the integrity of a match and buffing Torbjorn like never before. Keep your eyes peeled in your next Overwatch session, as Blizzard has yet to reveal when a fix might be deployed.

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Overwatch League’s second commissioner steps down according to report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:32 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 19:50

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.

However, the league confirmed the report in statement: “Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports and Commissioner of the Overwatch League, will transition from his role in ABE to focus on new entrepreneurial ventures on behalf of Activision Blizzard, following the Overwatch League Grand Finals. He was instrumental in building the company’s esports business and driving the industry forward, and we thank Pete for his contributions and impact on our business over the last four years.”

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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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.