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One of Overwatch’s Most Popular Streamers is Taking a Break from the Game

Published: 14/Jun/2018 6:53 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Joe O'Brien

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One of Overwatch’s most popular streamers, Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca, is taking a break from the game.

Dafran has announced that he does not currently enjoy playing the game, and will instead be playing other games – particularly Realm Royale, a champions-based battle royale game – for the time being. He does state, however, that he is not quitting Overwatch permanently.

The announcement comes shortly after Dafran missed out on a place on the Denmark national committee for the Overwatch World Cup.

Having campaigned for the spot as community lead – which was supposed to be decided by public vote, which Dafran should have secured with ease based on his sizeable following – he was denied the spot after Blizzard seemingly disqualified him at the last minute.

Having an anticipated participation in the World Cup pulled out from under him might well have impacted the game’s appeal for Dafran, but he’s also long been known as a player who can get frustrated at the game, which has led to behaviours that have seen him suspended on several occasions.

Dafran’s departure isn’t an insignificant matter for Overwatch’s streaming presence, however. Dafran is one of few popular streamers who dedicates significant time to the game, with the popularity of the battle royale genre – in particular the Fortnite phenomenon – drawing away many would-be titans of Twitch.

The result is that Overwatch’s presence on the platform drops significantly when the Overwatch League isn’t running. Dafran’s absence isn’t insignificant in that respect, and as the league draws to a close the game’s broader presence on Twitch seems to increasingly dwindle.

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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.