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Overwatch fan creates impressive Zenyatta concept skin for Lunar New Year

Published: 29/Jan/2019 18:51 Updated: 29/Jan/2019 19:02

by Bill Cooney


Zenyatta may have gotten a new skin for this year’s Lunar New Year event, but that didn’t stop Overwatch fan and artist Isaac97 from creating their own amazing skin for the Omnic monk.

Zenyatta’s official Lunar New Year skin is a Legendary called Zhuge Liang, which gives him a sleek white hat and a beard, of course.

The new skin has been pretty popular, but Isaac97 thought there was more that could be done for Zen, so they created this amazing skin concept and posted it to /r/Overwatch.

Isaac97’s skin concept is called “Mahjong” and like the name implies, it replaces Zen’s orbs with Mahjong tiles.

‘In this design I combined Mahjong tiles in to the skin,” Isaac97 wrote on Reddit. “The cloth style is based on officer of Ming Dynasty(1368–1644).”

Don’t worry, Isaac97 still gave Zenyatta a beard in their concept, so he’ll still be able to fit in with all the other new bearded Lunar New Year skins.


Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event began on January 24 and introduced new skins for a number of heroes including Zenyatta, Reaper, Reinhardt and others.

Lunar New Year also brought back Capture the Flag, a new CTF map on Busan and Competitive Capture the Flag to the Arcade Mode.

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event ends on February 18, plenty of time for players to collect loot, even if Mahjong Zenyatta isn’t actually available.


Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


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.