Neat Overwatch trick lets Orisa take advantage of enemy Sigma Ultimate - Dexerto
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Neat Overwatch trick lets Orisa take advantage of enemy Sigma Ultimate

Published: 10/Jul/2020 19:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Sigma’s Ultimate Gravitic Flux is one of the deadliest abilities in Overwatch, so being able to counter it in any capacity is huge. What players may not know, however, is there’s even a way to use the enemy tank’s powerful move against him.

Gravitic Flux is unique in how it scales damage. First, players in its area of effect are lifted into the sky. This initial lift deals 50 total damage to anyone in it. The next part is tricky. Anyone slammed down will have 50% of their max health completely removed.

While Sigma can be stunned or killed during the Ultimate, preventing any of the follow-up damage, there is one ability that can completely negate its effects and even benefit from being caught in it: Fortify.

Orisa’s move reduces incoming damage by 50% and also makes her immune to stuns, sleeps and any other crowd control ability in the game. This includes Gravitic Flux.

Orisa posing in demon Overwatch skin
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Orisa’s Fortify is a great way to get out of trouble.

Fortify to access high ground fast

Overwatch streamer Emongg was able to capitalize on this by activating Fortify after he had been sent into the air on Rialto.

With this, he managed to drop perfectly onto the high ground and made easy work of an enemy Moira with a little assist from his own Super Charger and Ana Nano Boost.

“Moira dead, chat you seeing this?!” Emongg exclaimed, clearly happy at his performance in the match as he fragged out.

Eventually, he dropped down to finish off the enemy Sigma, but depending on the enemy position, he could very well have remained on the high ground, maintaining his power position.

Next time you’re in a match as Orisa and an enemy Sigma uses his Ultimate on you, don’t panic, but use Fortify to your advantage and see if there’s a high ground spot you can easily access.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.