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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 meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.