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Overwatch fan gives Hammond the Christmas skin he deserves

Published: 13/Mar/2019 0:11 Updated: 13/Mar/2019 0:24

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch event skins always come with a bit of controversy, as fans are excited to see some heroes get decked out, but disappointed when their favorite gets left out.

Despite being one of the most recent heroes to be released, Hammond wasn’t given a holiday skin during the most recent Winter Wonderland event that came just a few months after his July 2018 release. 

This didn’t sit right with NorsePearl, who decided to create their own holiday skin for Overwatch’s favorite hamster.

He didn’t get a skin, but at least Hammond got a holiday highlight intro.

NorsePearl decided to give Hammond’s mech a jingle bell makeover and turn it gold, like Reinhardt’s recent holiday skin.

The legs and cannons on the mech are made out of candy canes, and there’s tinsel acting as festive ammo belts.

Hammond himself has been given an adorable little Christmas sweater that’s so hilarious you have to wonder why he didn’t get a similar skin last year.

NorsePearlHammond gets a Christmas skin, finally.

The next Overwatch event should be the Archives event, which usually begins in April.

The Archives event usually features PvE events based in Overwatch lore, like the Uprising and Retribution events from the past couple of years.

Just what the new PvE event will consist of remains to be seen, but there are sure to be plenty of new skins and other cosmetics for at least some of Overwatch’s heroes.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.