Overwatch fan solves the mystery of Sherlock McCree's belt buckle - Dexerto

Overwatch fan solves the mystery of Sherlock McCree’s belt buckle

Published: 3/Dec/2019 16:47

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch fan appears to have solved the mystery of McCree’s “Sherlock” skin belt buckle.

McCree players may well be familiar with the fact that a signature part of the hero’s look is his belt buckle – by default, it reads ‘BAMF’, although this changes with certain skins. His ‘Lifeguard’ look reads “SAMF”, while his ‘American’ skin has “USA” emblazoned on the belt.

In cases in which the belt features letters, they all appear to be acronyms, but his ‘Sherlock’ skin features one such acronym that players have long assumed must have some significance, but have been unable to decipher the meaning of – until now.

The acronym in question reads “ASKS”, and although the skin is in fact based on the legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, fans have long assumed that the belt cannot be so crude as to be a simple reference to the fact that detectives tend to ask questions – in order to live up to the name of Holmes, there must be more to it.

McCree’s Sherlock skin has been part of the game since 2018’s Anniversary event, but now Reddit user Kerrai, with the help of greenofspades, has put forth a theory that seems to have finally solved the mystery of the belt.

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The description of the Sherlock skin is a quote from The Sign of Four, the second novel by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Holmes, and reads as follows:

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere.”

The book details a conspiracy surrounding a lost treasure that ultimately identifies four conspirators: Dost Akbar, Mahomet Singh, Abdullah Khan, and Jonathan Small – whose surnames would appear to make up the acronym that appears on Sherlock McCree’s belt.

Exactly why this particular story is linked to the Sherlock skin – if any at all – remains a mystery, but the meaning of the belt appears to have been solved at least.

Blizzard have never officially commented on the Easter Egg, but it’s not the only hidden reference to subjects beyond the game – with the release of Sigma, for instance players also discovered a reference to the photo of a black hole that went viral, and even an apparent references to artist Vincent Van Gogh.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

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Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.