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Overwatch concept would improve teamwork around Zarya’s power spikes

Published: 20/Mar/2019 15:14 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 15:26

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch concept would make it easier for teams to coordinate their play around Zarya’s power spikes.

Zarya has a unique mechanic in her charge levels. The damage output of her Particle Cannon depends on her charge level, but that charge can only be generated by using her personal and projected barriers to absorb incoming damage.

Zarya’s management of her charge levels is perhaps the most important element of her kit. At full charge, she’s a legitimately dangerous damage threat, but less experienced Zarya players may have trouble maintaining that level consistently.

The charge percentage isn’t just a matter for the Zarya player to consider, however. The difference between the almost negligible damage of a low-charge Zarya and the massive output of a high-charge Zarya is huge, and therefore is a significant factor in how prepared a team is to start a fight.

In an ideal world, teams should wait until Zarya has had the chance to power up before engaging. While a coordinated team can communicate on the state of Zarya’s charge, it’s often the case that this information is missed in the mixed teams of online playlists.

Managing Zarya’s charge is crucial to making an impact with her.

As such, some players have requested that Zarya’s charge be made visible to the rest of their team on the HUD (head-up display, so that they can make better decisions around how powerful their Zarya is at any given time.

While u/whatisabaggins55 is by no means the first person to suggest such an addition, they have presented a clear and unobtrusive way in which Zarya’s charge could be added to the HUD for all to see.


Though detractors could argue that increased information available on the HUD reduces the skill gap that good communication creates, the same could be said for ultimate charge, for which there are multiple means of communicating between team-mates without requiring voice chat.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.