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Overwatch player demonstrates useful tactic with new hero Ashe

Published: 14/Nov/2018 21:02 Updated: 14/Nov/2018 21:09

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player demonstrated a useful tactic for Ashe players.

By using her Dynamite ability at the start of the game, Ashe can get a decent chunk of ultimate charge effectively for free.

Ashe’s Dynamite, if left undetonated manually (by being shot), goes off after four seconds. As well as dealing direct damage, it applies a damage-over-time burn to enemies it hits.

Playing on the defensive side, then, the dynamite can be thrown towards the attacking spawn door at exactly the right time to catch enemies as they enter the map, giving Ashe some ultimate charge and perhaps even assisting with an early assassination on certain maps.

As u/RmX__ showed, doing so can net as much as 25% ultimate charge, effectively before the game has really started.

Of course, there can be potential trade-offs to this tactic, as it also might grant ultimate charge to enemy healers or charge up an opposing Zarya if they’re aware enough to apply barriers in time. Nevertheless, many players may well consider it a worthwhile trade.

Not only has B.O.B. quickly become a fan-favorite character in the world of Overwatch, he’s also one of the more powerful ultimates in the game.

Blizzard EntertainmentIt turns out B.O.B.’s “something” includes quite a lot.

As well as applying a knock-up after charging in and then shooting at enemies, B.O.B. also acts as a seventh player for the team, able to capture objectives, be buffed and healed, and take any other interaction a fully-fledged hero can.

As a result, he also offers a lot of extra utility and clever tactics, as well as simply being a kill threat. Getting him early can therefore be incredibly valuable.

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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.