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Overwatch bug lets Tracer pass through Blizzard World walls

Published: 24/Apr/2020 19:38

by Theo Salaun

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With every patch update, Blizzard has to fix Tracer’s ability to blink into “unintended locations.” As fans have now discovered a new bug on Blizzard World, that cycle is poised to repeat.

Tracer is a crafty character. She can teleport through the air, rewind time and, now, apparently, she is also able to squeeze through otherwise impermeable ceilings and walls.

In one example, discovered by Redditor ‘EntenDNA,’ Tracer is able to squeeze through the ceiling of the “Pylon Terrace” structure in Blizzard world, just past the first point, and fall to the floor below.

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Properly positioned, a Tracer can maneuver herself so that she is able to fall into the architecture, traversing through a limbo of cement and steel, before dropping to the lower level. Neither the starting point nor the ending point are ineligible locations, but the route is most certainly out of bounds.

Blizzard has enlisted a two-fold approach to adjusting Tracer in their latest patches. In their April 14th patch, the hero’s blink received a quality-of-life improvement so that it would feel more accurate and natural. 

Specifically, this enabled her to “blink around and over obstacles more easily to move towards the crosshair.” 

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Tracer’s blink ability allows her to teleport instantaneously in the direction that the player’s crosshair is pointed.

 

In the latest April 21st patch, they simply fixed a bug that allowed the game’s most mobile character to “blink to an unintended location on Hollywood.”

Teleportation and time travel are… complicated. It’s no wonder that there are issues with ensuring consistency and realistic travel for a character whose base abilities already defy common logic. 

On the plus side, with Tracer currently being banned from Competitive and Overwatch League play, at least Blizzard has time to fix this bug before it gets taken advantage of. 

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Overwatch’s Hollywood map, the last location to prompt a fix for an unintended Tracer movement bug.

 

Sure, it’s not the most practical bug to abuse—but, can you imagine the outrage one would feel if they got stuck with a pulse bomb from the ceiling? Not a pulse bomb appearing out of thin air, but instead from very real, very solid construction. 

Honestly, it would make for one of the funniest highlights ever—so here’s to hoping someone can pull that off before the bug inevitably gets fixed in the next patch.

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New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.