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Overwatch: How to improve your Orisa Halts with Workshop practice tool

Published: 27/Jun/2019 14:49 Updated: 27/Jun/2019 15:27

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has developed a practice tool for improving with Orisa’s Halt ability.

DarwinStreams is one of the Workshop’s most prolific creators, responsible for a variety of popular custom modes including training tools for Ana and Reinhardt.

His latest offering expands his suite of practice modes to include Orisa training, specifically a mode designed to help players improve their use of her Halt ability.

While most of Orisa’s job is about protecting her own team from harm, Halt does offer her some offensive options. Where applicable, it can secure environmental kills by dragging enemies off of the map, but it’s also a major tool for catching out key targets by pulling them out of position for her team to pounce on, either by timing it with a Roadhog hook, or simply opening a window in which the enemy isn’t covered by shields.

Successful use of Halt can be what separates a good Orisa from a great one, but the ability can be a little tricky to master as there’s no indication by default of what the range on its pull is.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Workshop has been an enormously popular feature with Overwatch players.

As a result, it can be hard to learn where the orb needs to be placed in order to achieve maximum effectiveness, without just missing. With Darwin’s latest training mode,

As the mode demonstrates, the range for Orisa’s Halt is actually surprisingly far, meaning that players who can deploy it precisely enough and learn to judge the range without needing the indicator actually have more scope to make plays with it than they might have realized.

Those who wish to try out this mode can do so with share code NA9AP.

Orisa’s Halt range visualized – range tool [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

The Orisa Halt practice mode is just one part of a more comprehensive range tool that Darwin is currently developing, which will also include practice modes for McCree’s flashbang among other abilities.

As well as producing training modes, Darwin is also responsible for fun modes like D.Va racing, Overwatch Pictionary and even a mode inspired by an anime meme.

With practice tools like this, however, Darwin and other creators continue to demonstrate that the power of the Workshop extends well beyond just coming up with the most ridiculous custom games possible for fun.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.