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Overwatch: Insane Symmetra strategy is nearly impossible to counter

Published: 4/Oct/2019 1:27 Updated: 4/Oct/2019 2:05

by Brad Norton

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A new and devastating Symmetra strategy has been shown off in a recent Overwatch video from Akshon Esports, and the new tactic could just win you your next competitive match.

Having recently been the subject of a few design changes, Symmetra’s teleporter now allows for deployable objects to be sent through to the other side.

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From D.va’s explosive ultimate to Torbjorn’s turrets, select items in the game can be instantly repositioned thanks to the handy teleporting ability. One crafty roster has used these changes to their advantage, devising a new strategy that seems all too difficult to counter.

In an October 3 YouTube video, Akshon Esports showcased a new Symmetra and Mei strategy that was coined ‘Ice-Bombing’ by Team Ireland of the 2019 Overwatch World Cup.

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The play begins by placing Symmetra’s turrets on the ground. Deploying her teleporter directly on top of these turrets, then transports them to the position of the other portal. This can be used to flank enemies or advance straight into the enemy backline for surprise damage.

Blizzard - OverwatchSymmetra’s teleporter has been the source of many devious plays lately.

Contributing to the absurd potential of the strategy, if Mei follows the turrets through the teleporter and then activates her Ice Block ability, suddenly the powerful laser beams on the ground become completely encased and thus, immune to all damage. 

If timed just right, and positioned perfectly within the enemy team, this wild play could catch the opposition completely by surprise, leading to immense damage and potentially a team fight win.

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“It is really important that the team follows up with aggression,” says head coach Brian ‘Scrivzy’ Scriven of Team Ireland. 

While the temporarily invincible turrets are in the backline, the remainder of the team should be pressing the pace and engaging in the fight. With so many targets and an overwhelming amount of damage coming through, “the enemy team will be unsure of what to do.”

The breakdown begins at the 3:28 mark of the Akshon Esports video below for mobile users.

Recently we’ve seen all manner of absurd teleporter tactics. From a flying Reinhardt on Temple of Anubis, to a Reaper bug that allows you to teleport as any hero in the game.

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This wombo combo with Symmetra and Mei however, might just take the cake for the most powerful teleporter strategy in the current meta.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.