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Overwatch: Learn to survive Sombra’s EMP with Workshop training mode

Published: 9/Jul/2019 15:26 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 15:35

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has created a practice mode in the Workshop to help players get better at countering Sombra’s EMP.

Sombra has been the target of some criticism for many players recently, having seen something of a surge in popularity resulting in players increasingly pointing out the bugs and features of her kit that make her quite frustrating to play against.


To help players get better at dealing with Sombra, prolific Workshop creator DarwinStreams – who is responsible for a variety of training modes including practice for Ana grenades and range tools for the likes of Orisa’s Halt – has developed an anti-EMP practice mode.

Darwin’s latest training mode forces you to react and respond to Sombra’s EMP. An enemy Sombra bot spawns and becomes invisible, and the player must listen out for the footsteps and the sound cues that indicate where Sombra is, and when she’s about to unleash her EMP, and respond accordingly.


If you’re using Zenyatta for this training mode, your Transcendence will only last for one second – so if you try to preempt the EMP and get the timing wrong you’ll be vulnerable, meaning you have to actually react in order to survive it.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Workshop has been an enormously popular feature in Overwatch.

The mode can be used with a variety of heroes, however, so if you’re not a Support player but your main still has a means of combatting Sombra’s EMP – be it Roadhog’s hook, McCree’s flashbang, or another defensive ability – you can use it to practice responding to the ultimate.

Those who want to try out this training mode can do so by importing it with share code PS3P4.


Anti EMP Practice – improve your reaction speed to EMP [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

As well as creating practice modes designed to help people improve at the game, Darwin is also responsible for fun modes like D.Va racing, Overwatch Pictionary and even a mode inspired by an anime meme.

The Workshop has proven an incredibly popular feature since its release, not only for the countless number of creative new games players have been able to create, but also because it allows for the development of tools like this that make improving at the game much easier and more efficient.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.