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Overwatch League pro demonstrates ‘powerful’ Sombra tactic

Published: 12/Jun/2019 13:30 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 13:55

by Joe O'Brien

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Guangzhou Charge DPS Ou ‘Eileen’ Yiliang pulled off an epic stealth flank in the Overwatch League without needing to use Sombra’s invisibility.

During the Overwatch League Stage 3 match between Guangzhou Charge and Chengdu Hunters, Charge DPS Eileen made it into the enemy back line by somewhat unconventional means.

While Sombra is designed as a flanker thanks to her invisibility, Eileen didn’t need to rely on the ability for stealth in a game on Volskaya industries. After the Charge defended the second capture point to send the Hunters back to the spawn room, Eileen pushed up and simply waited.

Blizzard EntertainmentEileen didn’t need Sombra’s invisibility to pull off a stealth flank.

Overwatch League fan u/dapsoul captured the moment from both Eileen and the Hunters’ perspective, using the new OWL Replays system and dubbing the clip with audio from the Avengers: Infinity War scene in which Drax claims to have mastered the art of standing so still he can become invisible.

While the edit does make a joke of the play, there are lessons to be learned from it. Eileen takes advantage of the fact that the enemy wouldn’t expect a player to be pushed so far up, the fact that he was off to an angle and elevated, and that players are more likely to notice movement than a stationary character, to remain “hidden.”

In doing so, he was able to avoid using his invisibility, not only saving the cooldown but also avoiding the audio cue that breaking stealth usually gives the enemy, making it more likely that he could attack and then escape without being caught.

Though it’s always possible that the Hunters could simply have noticed, Sombra’s translocator makes the play fairly safe. By taking advantage of the enemies’ focus and expectations, Eileen was able to gain a little bit of ultimate charge for free, if nothing else.

It’s this consideration not just of what is technically possible, but how the expectations of the opponents can be manipulated, that can give players a slight edge even without having to pull off anything overtly spectacular.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.