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Overwatch pro announces sudden retirement ahead of Overwatch League Season 2

Published: 2/Dec/2018 20:31 Updated: 2/Dec/2018 20:37

by Bill Cooney

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Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang will not be returning for Overwatch League Season 2 as he retires from the game after being one of the original players in the league.

Silkthread was a big part of the Gladiator’s success in Season 1 after coming to the team from the Valiant, and was widely considered to be one of the best players on the new Chengdu Hunters team.

A fan-favorite, he ended up being one of the most recognizable faces on the entire Gladiator’s roster.

The Overwatch LeagueSilkthread started Overwatch League Season One out on the Valiant, before being traded over to the Gladiators during Stage 3.
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Silkthread announced his retirement on Twitter using Twitlonger on November 30 and explained he was leaving esports for his own mental health.

First and foremost, I simply do not enjoy professional Overwatch as much as I did in the past. If you were to ask me one year ago how I felt about practicing Overwatch 14 hours a day, I would have gladly accepted the challenge and opportunity. Now, I can feel my mental levels draining extremely quickly while practicing, and I’m afraid I have reached levels of complete burnout for the game.

Secondly, the disparity in cultural differences between western esports organizations and Chinese esports organizations were far greater than I had originally anticipated. The differing standards for work hours, privacy, living conditions, off-days, and work ethic were all extremely difficult for me to adjust to.

Ted ‘Silkthread’ Wang

Now that he’s done with Overwatch, Silkthread wrote he’s going to try and attend university, and has already applied to several schools.

The Chengdu Hunters will also have to find a new DPS player to attempt to replace Silkthread before Season 2 gets going in February 2019.

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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.