Insane Overwatch play shows exactly why cloaked Sombra isn’t always safe - Dexerto

Insane Overwatch play shows exactly why cloaked Sombra isn’t always safe

Published: 10/Jan/2020 22:52

by Meg Bethany Koepp


A hilarious Overwatch clip should serve as a warning for sneaky Sombra players who like to run amok around the map undetected – her Stealth ability is not always guaranteed to be 100% safe.

Sombra received a buff to Stealth in July 2018, where it was changed from only lasting a few seconds at a time to then becoming indefinite.

This meant a huge shift in gameplay for mains of the hacker, who could now sprint around in games undetected, meaning that they could sneak up on opponents easier.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Mexican hero’s Stealth ability can give her the edge over opponents.

Stealthed Sombra isn’t always safe

A video posted on Reddit by ‘imjustjun’ shows exactly why the Mexican hero is never as safe as you think she is, and its unexpected twist will have Overwatch fans in stitches.

The player is controlling Ana on the Eichenwalde map as her team tries to stop the payload just before the bridge leading into the castle.

The support hero then spots an opposing Genji on the other side of the gap, and fires a sleep dart his way to stop his advances – but not before accidentally hitting an invisible Sombra who was leaping across.

In a hilarious and extremely lucky turn of events, the enemy hacker hadn’t actually fallen to her death, and had instead landed on a small wooden platform below the bridge.

Upon looking down to see whether the opponent had met their demise or not and wondering how they could get down there in time before she woke up, a teammate Orisa came in clutch.

The tank hero used her Halt – an ability that sends out a graviton charge that pulls foes towards it – to send the Sombra plummeting into the abyss before she could arise from her slumber.

Blizzard EntertainmentOrisa’s Halt ability sucks enemies in and can be useful to take enemies off the objective – or pulling them to their deaths.

The January 9 Overwatch Public Test Region patch unfortunately doesn’t bear any good news for Sombra fans hoping for a way to somehow avoid being caught out in comical situations like these.

However, it does change Orisa, and gives her Fortify damage reduction a 10% decrease from 50 to 40, meaning she might not pose as much of a threat to the hacker in future – asleep or not.


Why an Overwatch 2 delay could be a blessing in disguise

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:38 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 23:41

by Bill Cooney


We’ve been waiting for what seems like forever on Overwatch 2 and everyone wants to see big news at BlizzConline 2021. But if we don’t get a release date, we shouldn’t be treating it like the end of the world.

The hype around Overwatch 2 was incredible when the first trailer and gameplay were revealed at BlizzCon 2019 but, after that, it steadily died down to little more than background noise with no official updates or news whatsoever coming from Jeff Kaplan and the team since.

Really, it’s only coming back on everyone’s radar because of BlizzConline, the online replacement for the canceled 2020 convention starting on February 19. Of course, we don’t know anything about what’s officially going to be covered there, but so far people have been saying we could see anything from just a few shots of new heroes, maps, and other content, all the way to a full-on release date.

But, drawing a line in the sand with a set date could be one of the worst things to do to the game before it even comes out.

Everyone obviously wants to play a good game day one on release, but, we’ve all come to expect to be drip-fed information on the newest upcoming titles at every stage, and to know roughly when they’re coming out. This hasn’t happened for Overwatch 2, and to say people are starting to get anxious over it would be arriving very late to the party.

The way it works though is if a game has a set release date from developers of publishers, then it becomes news when or if that date gets delayed or pushed back, and you better believe the pitchforks will come out on Twitter when people find out they’ll have longer to wait.

You may have seen where this is going, but take Cyberpunk 2077 for example — from E3 through the lead-up to the release (which was delayed multiple times) we were shown video after video of incredible-looking gameplay and promised an immersive, futuristic world to get lost in. We got neither.

Instead, most of us got a bug-filled mess that barely worked unless you had a high-end PC or the latest gen console, and even then it still didn’t deliver everything that was promised. It was so bad, Sony even pulled it from the PlayStation store. Now, just imagine that happening to Overwatch.

Overwatch 2 concept art
Blizzard Entertainment
Concept art, screenshots, trailers, and a bit of gameplay are basically all we’ve had to tide us over since 2019.

Not to say Jeff and the Overwatch team aren’t capable of delivering an amazing product — they’ve proven they can do that already — but for the sequel to be the best that it can be, they should take all the time they need. We all want to play OW2 ASAP, but if they need to hold off on a release date a while longer to avoid a broken, buggy joke, then so be it.

“I don’t know, I have no idea,” Kaplan said about a release date all the way back at BlizzCon 2019. “Just let us make it great, that’s all we care about more than anything, we don’t have a date in mind.”

That kind of thinking might be a bit of what endears Jeff to the community, as someone who worked on World of Warcraft when today’s “Classic” was just the entire game, he’s one of the last links to the “old Blizzard,” one that even had its own definition of the word “soon™” coined by fans, which is good to keep in mind as we continue to wait for Overwatch 2.

“Soon™: Copyright pending 2004-2021 Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. All rights reserved. “Soon™” does not imply any particular date, time, decade, century, or millennia in the past, present, and certainly not the future. “Soon” shall make no contract or warranty between Blizzard Entertainment and the end-user. “Soon” will arrive some day, Blizzard does guarantee that “soon” will be here before the end of time. Maybe. Do not make plans based on “soon” as Blizzard will not be liable for any misuse, use, or even casual glancing at “soon.”