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New Overwatch observer changes highlight nano boosts, discords, and more

Published: 21/Jan/2020 5:44

by Brad Norton


Overwatch Patch 1.44 introduced a number of balance updates and brought back the annual Lunar New Year event, under the radar however, various User Interface (UI) alterations have added some quality of life improvements.

From major Baptiste nerfs to slight D.Va buffs, the latest patch to hit the live Overwatch servers included a sweeping set of changes that looked to offset the previous meta. 

Baked in without being addressed in the official patch notes however, were a number of UI changes that improve the amount of visual intel players will be able to discern simply by keeping an eye on the icons of their team.

Overwatch Mei skating around on her ice
Mei also saw a great deal of change throughout the latest set of patch notes.

If you’re overlooking a replay or spectating a live match while waiting to be thrown in the mix, you’ll now be treated to new visual updates and various animations that will make the viewing experience much simpler.

As outlined by Overwatch League spectator, ‘Peggy,’ the latest update added new methods of visualization for a number of Support abilities. From Mercy’s Resurrect, to Ana’s Nano Boost and even Zenyatta’s Discord Orbs, all of this information is now present among hero icons in the match.

A glowing yellow wave rushes over the specific hero being brought back to life by Mercy, while a “blue pulsing box around the HP bar” will accurately display who is being powered up by Ana. Meanwhile, Zenyatta’s Discord is indicated by a simple negative icon over the top of the currently targeted hero.

Being able to easily view just who is being focused on with each ability is sure to provide great insight for teams on the up and up. Moreover, observers will be able to gauge the quality of each Nano Boost for instance, and even tell which targets are being prioritized with Zen’s damage buffing ability. 

They are the first significant UI changes in some time, heeding requests from avid Overwatch fans for certain features and various additions to the UI.

Additionally, the latest patch also implemented a variety of spectating improvements from new camera swapping hotkeys to a smoother transition in and out of third-person mode. 

Combing through replay files is often a great way to gain new information and rapidly help improve your team as a whole, or even your individual play on the competitive ladder. With these changes, you’ll be able to gauge the effectiveness of the players on your team with greater ease than ever before.

With the 2020 Overwatch League season right around the corner, these visual changes are likely to improve the spectating experience for viewers as well.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.