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Overwatch exploit gives Baptiste, Mercy and more an unfair ‘buff’

Published: 23/Oct/2019 16:58 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 18:03

by Michael Gwilliam


A newly discovered exploit with Baptiste’s Immortality Field can allow Overwatch players to live for longer thanks to its lingering effect, and as it turns out, the same effect applies to other abilities too. 

While many abilities in Overwatch have a “lingering effect”, this is often by design. For instance, Moira’s primary healing lasts a few seconds after applied. However, it does less healing overall, which implies it was intended by the developers.

With Baptiste’s Immortality Field drone and a few other abilities, the effect lasts completely even after a player leaves its proximity for a short amount of time – something that may not have been intended by the game’s developers. 

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste’s Immortality Field can save enemies from dying.

A Reddit user by the name of ‘kaiomm’ posted a replay clip of gameplay on Nepal in which a Reinhardt pinned another player who had only a fraction of health left. During the pin/charge animation, the Reinhardt getting pinned was briefly in the line of sight of a friendly Baptiste Immortality Field.

As the charge continues, the Reinhardt doing the pinning hits his opponent into the wall, which should have done enough damage to result in a kill. Instead, it appears as if the drone continued to keep the player alive even after being pinned outside of its area of effect. 

Immorality Field seems to have a lingering effect if LOS is broken and quickly reacquired, working even out of range. from r/Competitiveoverwatch

Some abilities which buff friendly players function the same way. As ‘Lightning_Laxus’ pointed out in the comments, “A lot of abilities are like that. Lucio’s aura and Orisa’s Supercharger for example. Supercharger is easier to visualize because of the giant beam. They both linger for 1 additional second after leaving the range and/or LoS.”

Lucio’s aura and Orisa’s Supercharger/Mercy’s beam could potentially be taken advantage of to help secure a kill or restore a player’s health even though they’ve left the effective range.

For instance, a player chasing after a retreating enemy could fire one last shot or use one last ability with the buffed damage from Orisa’s Supercharger briefly after turning a corner and leaving its line of sight.

With Baptiste, a way to counterplay the Immortality Field, aside from just destroying it, is to boop or knock foes out of its line of sight. But with a one second lingering effect, players may need to wait a moment before using an ability to confirm a kill on foes knocked outside of the field or else it wouldn’t result in a kill.

For anyone playing against a Baptiste, it’s something to consider before wasting ammo or a cooldown on a target who leaves the drone’s effective range.

Blizzard EntertainmentBaptiste had such a knowledge of the drone that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.

But if you’re playing with one on your team, taking advantage of the lingering effect could cause your enemies to waste cooldowns and making your opponents waste cooldowns could win you the game.

It will be interesting to see what Blizzard’s stance on lingering effects in Overwatch is and if they address this problem in a future patch.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.