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More Sombra Changes Are Coming to the Overwatch PTR

Published: 3/Jul/2018 16:23 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 15:09

by Joe O'Brien


More changes are coming to Sombra in the next Overwatch PTR update.

Overwatch lead developer Geoff Goodman has revealed that further changes to Sombra are on their way as Blizzard continues to work on her overhaul.


Sombra is the latest in a series of heroes to receive some significant reworking, following on from major changes to Hanzo and Symmetra. While Sombra’s changes might not be quite so drastic, they could result in a distinct shift in how she’s played.

The first update that went to the PTR saw her stealth and the duration of her translocator increased to infinite, but enabled enemies to detect her more easily and prevented her from contesting objectives while stealthed, as well as reducing her movement speed in stealth.


In a recent post on the Blizzard forums, Goodman revealed that the detection change would be reverted along with several other changes in the details of her kit.

“We have another round of Sombra changes coming to the PTR soon as well. This is what is coming:

 – Reverting the detection radius from 4 to 2.

 – You no longer need to look at the translocator to destroy it, you can now just hit the interact button and it will be destroyed. If you’re standing on a Symmetra teleporter hitting interact will only teleport you to Symmetra’s other teleporter, rather than destroying your translocator.

 – Dramatically lowered the enemy sound cue for the translocator location. You need to be nearly standing right on it now to hear it.

 – EMP now works on Wrecking Ball Minefield, disabling the mines for 10s

 – You can now interrupt reload by hacking.

We’re still evaluating the changes overall, but shes unlikely to regain the ability to contest objectives or have +75% move speed while invisible. The goal of these changes is to make her stronger overall, even if it means being slightly weaker in some areas.”

While many game updates make it through the PTR more or less unchanged, it seems that this Sombra rework is very much open to feedback, with Blizzard appearing willing to continue to make adjustments based on how the changes play out.


Insane Overwatch Wrecking Ball Tracer combo obliterates enemy teams

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:14

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find some new synergy between two unlikely heroes should look no further than a lethal combination with Tracer and Wrecking Ball.

Wrecking Ball can be one of the most annoying heroes in the game to deal with, constantly booping people away while remaining in his ball form.


Meanwhile, Tracer can do very much of the same, buzzing in the backline, harassing supports and just being a general menace to deal with thanks to her Blinks, Recall and small hit box.

Together, the threat of Tracer and Wrecking Ball can really dominate uncoordinated teams, but with a little coordination on their own part, the two can destroy entire groups with a neat ultimate attack.

Wrecking Ball piledrives enemies on Junkertown
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Wrecking Ball can be a major threat in the back line.

As demonstrated by Twitch streamer ‘rene_ow,’ the Masters ranked Hammond player spotted a pack of enemies all grouped up on the Busan map.

After grappling to go in for a major boop on the four, the player’s allied Tracer blinked in and stuck her Pulse Bomb on the McCree.

With the McCree booped into the rest of the adversaries, the result ended up being a massive quad kill, with both supports and DPS heroes on the enemy team eliminated swiftly.


The insane combo was well-received by the team, which celebrated the quad kill. “That was nuts!” they cried with glee.

Perhaps the best part of this combo is that you don’t need the stick to connect. In theory, you can have Wrecking Ball knock the enemies towards Tracer or her Pulse Bomb radius to secure the frags.

This type of team play may take some serious effort to get right, but if you have a partner you synergize well with, it’s always possible that this combination can help you win Overwatch games, and rank up in style.