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Overwatch kicks off 2019 Summer Games event

Published: 16/Jul/2019 18:44 Updated: 16/Jul/2019 19:55

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch Summer Games have arrived earlier than usual in 2019 with plenty of new skins and cosmetics for players to collect. 

It seems Jeff Kaplan wasn’t lying when he said that Summer Games would start earlier than usual this year because it arrived less a week after the most recent Developer Update on July 11.

There’s a load of new skins and other cosmetics for players to collect, as well as a brand new way to get new skins called Weekly Challenges.

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What are the Weekly Challenges?

Weekly Challenges are a new way for players to unlock limited-time rewards every week they play Overwatch during the event.

9 wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or the Arcade each week will earn players limited-time sprays, player icons and an epic skin on top of standard earnings normally received for playing Overwatch.

Once the week’s challenge has expired, the rewards will be replaced by a new set of sprays and icons, along with a new epic skin for the new week.

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What are the rewards for each week?

There will be three weekly challenges during the three weeks that Summer Games is going on.

Week 1

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Week 2

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Week 3

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Lúcioball is back, baby

In addition to the weekly challenges, everyone’s favorite (or least favorite) Overwatch mini game is returning as well.

Hammond gets in on the fun too with his own Lúcioball skin that actually turns him into the ball, but whether or not there’s a mode where 6 Lúcio’s can shoot around a Wrecking Ball player is unknown.

With seven new skins to collect and a new (hopefully quicker) way to get them, Overwatch players should have more than enough to keep them busy for a few weeks.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.