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Overwatch in VR makes Sigma look even more powerful

Published: 22/Sep/2019 22:47 Updated: 22/Sep/2019 23:16

by Brad Norton

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The latest addition to the list of heroes in Overwatch has been recreated in virtual reality and the results are amazing.

Released into the world of Blizzard’s competitive hero shooter in August of 2019, Sigma turned heads not only with his devastating power, but also with his awkward fashion sense.

One crafty player has dedicated their time to recreating the latest Tank hero in virtual reality in order to gain a new perspective on the plausibly insane character.

In a short clip released on Twitter, the creator showcased the versatility of the hero and just how it translates into a first-person perspective.

Opening with the Accretion ability, rocks come together to form a devastating projectile that when hurled, knocks down five Tracer statues with ease.

Moving on to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Hyperspheres, Sigma’s regular left-click attack, the video displays just how creative you can get when wielding these bouncy yet deadly projectiles. 

Flinging them towards enemy Tracer’s from all angles, the virtual reality simulation captures the exact behavior of the attacking ability, even down to the finer details in precisely replicating the speed of the orbs.

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To round out the showcase, Sigma’s ultimate ability is put to the test in the simulation and it certainly isn’t one for those who suffer from motion sickness.

Ascending while encircling the enemies on the map, activating Gravitic Flux while in a first-person perspective really gives a new insight into the crazy elevation that accompanies the devastating ground-slam.

It was recently confirmed that the powerful, meta-shifting Sigma, will indeed be enabled for the 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. After grueling playoff runs, we now know that it will be the Vancouver Titans facing off against the San Francisco Shock to crown the overall winner.

You can download the virtual reality simulation for yourself here. Let’s just hope that the creator didn’t model Sigma’s feet in the faithful reimagining.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.