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Overwatch: How to deny enemy ultimates as D.Va

Published: 23/May/2019 13:56 Updated: 23/May/2019 15:18

by Joe O'Brien


Seoul Dynasty flex tank Choi ‘Michelle’ Min-hyuk has revealed a clever technique for outsmarting Overwatch opponents to deny ultimate abilities with the Defense Matrix.

A major part of D.Va play is the ability to counter enemy abilities with the Defense Matrix, and within that role nothing is more significant than attempting to deny a Graviton Surge.


Zarya’s ultimate ability can be one of the most devastating in the game, and it’s also one of the slowest ultimates to charge. Graviton Surge is therefore one of the most valuable abilities in the game, and matches can swing based on whether or not a Graviton lands.

Since D.Va’s Defense Matrix was changed to include a two-second cooldown after every use, regardless of whether its charge had been fully used up, D.Va players must be clever about how they use it, as that cooldown is a gap in which the enemy Zarya can launch a Graviton Surge uncontested.

Blizzard EntertainmentD.Va has long been one of the most popular heroes in Overwatch.

Fortunately for D.Va players, Michelle reveals a clever tactic with which a Graviton can be baited. While two seconds is enough time for a Zarya to fire off the ultimate, it doesn’t allow much time to deliberate – meaning that a hopeful Zarya must react almost instantly if they believe the enemy D.Va’s Defense Matrix is on cooldown.

To trick the enemy Zarya into doing so, Michelle demonstrates a technique of openly using the Defense Matrix, and then turning away such that the animation is no longer visible to the enemy, but keeping it active.

To the opposing Zarya, this will look like the Defense Matrix is on cooldown, but if they try to use this opening to fire the Graviton, the D.Va player can react by turning back while the Matrix remains active.


The Zarya has limited options in this battle of minds – either risk throwing out the Graviton, in which case D.Va has a chance to stop it – or be wary of the bait and therefore hold onto the ultimate, which at the very least delays its use and gives the D.Va player a chance to contest it later.

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While the most important ability to deny will almost always be the Graviton Surge if the enemy has one available, this technique could be applied to any ability that the D.Va player wishes to catch.


The video also covers a variety of other topics for successful D.Va play, including how D.Va players should position, how to best use their own ultimate, and how D.Va functions in the infamous GOATS composition.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.