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New Symmetra teleport strategy in Overwatch proves absurdly effective

Published: 21/Oct/2019 2:12 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 2:49

by Brad Norton

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Symmetra’s teleporter is one of the most unique mechanics in all of Overwatch. It forces teams to think on their feet and adapt to taking fights in unfavorable positions. This latest strategy on Temple of Anubis exemplified just how powerful the ability can be.

From flying Reinhardt’s to ingenious Mei combinations, Symmetra’s teleporter has been the source of real innovation in the competitive Overwatch space of late.

Breaking traditional rules of engagement, the ability allows teams to cross great distances in the blink of an eye and control the tempo of a fight. One extremely crafty player has devised a new way to completely throw off enemy defenses on Temple of Anubis.

In an October 20 clip, Overwatch player ‘Ninjun’ demonstrated a crazy flanking route when attacking on Temple of Anubis. An elevated spot often accessed by sneaky flankers such as Genji or Reaper, it’s a consideration that most defenders often neglect.

Rather than pushing through the main chokepoint, or heading to the left side of the map for a typical engage, the crafty Symmetra placed a teleporter on a window above, enabling the entire attacking team to outright ignore the opposition and cruise straight onto the objective.

Blizzard - OverwatchSymmetra was often a niche hero in competitive Overwatch until her major rework.

The unique strategy caught the defenders by surprise. Having completely negated their high ground advantage, momentum was now in favor of the attacking team.

In order to halt progress on the objective, the opposition were forced off of their former vantage point and into a heap of damage as the Symmetra had since deployed each of her turrets.

Capturing the first point with relative ease, the situation quickly snowballed out of control as the attacking team completed the map in a total of one minute and 33 seconds. 

While teamwork was vital here, and certain area-of-effect ultimates such as Reinhardt’s Earthshatter, definitely came in handy, there’s no denying that this blazing success was due to the remarkable teleporter spot.

Not the only devastating teleporter trick we’ve seen recently, Symmetra has been the focal point of numerous flashy plays.

From the synergy of professional teams, to the coordination of strangers, it’s always exciting pondering what creative tactics the Overwatch community could come up with next.

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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.