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Jan 23 Overwatch patch finally lets players unlock elusive reward

Published: 23/Jan/2020 20:43

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has hit the live servers on January 23, finally allowing Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Switch players to collect all of the game’s 2020 Lunar New Year rewards.

While the patch is mostly related to bug fixes, it should make Overwatch’s quality much better for players. Most notable is a fix to an issue where movement abilities would cause rubberbanding.

Additionally, players who use a controller will be able to use the Find Group feature again – something that was bugged as of the previous update.

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Better unlock those Lunar skins while you can.

However, the two big highlights of the patch include removing a bug that prevented the “Year of the Rat” spray from appearing in Lunar New Year loot boxes.

As we previously reported, the bug not only prevented the spray from showing up in loot boxes, but players couldn’t even purchase it using in-game coins.

The spray itself is a red rat silhouette against a yellow background. While it’s not the best-looking spray in the game, for players born in 1984, 1996 or 2008, it is their Chinese zodiac sign.

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Players can finally get the Year of the Rat spray.

Another fix was made for Lucio’s Samul Nori skin, as it caused his eyebrows to appear disconnected from his head- a funny issue, but it’s nice that Blizzard fixed the visual problem.

While all eyes are on an upcoming developer update next week (which should include some major changes to gameplay), letting players get the most out of the Lunar New Year event should tide the community over in the interim.

The full patch notes are as follows:

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Find Group from working when using a controller
  • Fixed an issue that could cause mispredicted movement (rubber banding) for fast movement abilities
  • Fixed an issue that could cause spawn doors on multiple maps to not behave as intended
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the “Year of the Rat” spray from being included in Lunar New Year event loot boxes

Lúcio

  • Fixed an issue that caused Lúcio’s eyebrows to appear disconnected from his head while wearing his “Samul Nori” Lunar New Year skin
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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.