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Insane Overwatch exploit makes Widowmaker bulletproof on Gibraltar

Published: 18/Jan/2020 19:56

by Alan Bernal


Overwatch players already have to contend with dozens of vantage points on Gibraltar where a Widowmaker can lie in wait, but one of them doesn’t seem to let players counter the Talon assassin.

In nearly four years since the release of Overwatch, the community still come across some bizarre glitches or hidden sniping spots throughout the popular Escort map – though some tend to be much more problematic than others.

A good Widowmaker can wreak havoc all across the Watchpoint if left unchecked, but even a blindside flank wasn’t enough to deter the sniper from her spot since a point-blank shot to the head went unregistered.

Gibraltar in Overwatch
It looks like there could be an extra element in the glitched spot on Gibraltar.

There seems to be an invisible obstruction of sorts covering the spot near the final point on Gibraltar. While Widow is basically out in the open to a watchful eye, landing a shot on her isn’t as telegraphed as it may appear.

For example, a clip uploaded by Reddit user ‘DaPharSydeToo’ shows how safe a Widowmaker can be if they perch themselves on the balcony overlooking the payload’s destination.

Seeing that the sniper was looking forward, the player took their time to line up a straight shot to the enemy’s head, but the scene itself was a bit strange.

Is this a known widow exploit on Gibraltar? Haven’t ever seen it before tonight. from Overwatch

There seems to be a Venom Mine seemingly latched to the air in front of Widow, which is the first giveaway that there might be an extra element or something similar in that region of the map.

Not only does the bug give the mines a cheeky angle to be planted, when the player took their shot toward the Widow, something seemed to block it.

“I would say it’s intentional and seems to be some invisible texture that’s there and blocking you,” one user said, watching the clip. “The invisible texture because of the floating trap thingy and also widow kinda knew where to go to shoot you making it seem like she knew about something.”

Widowmaker shooting at bug in Overwatch Gibraltar.
DaPharSydeToo via Reddit
There seems to be something blocking the shot on Widowmaker in this glitched Gibraltar spot.

If players come across someone in their game using the exploit, it seems like the can at least be flushed out of it pretty easily – though not before they become a nuisance in-game.

Now it’s up to Blizzard to find and correct whatever might be causing the glitch to prevent more players from using the bug to their advantage.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.