Overwatch player discovers powerful Widowmaker spot on Dorado - Dexerto
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Overwatch player discovers powerful Widowmaker spot on Dorado

Published: 25/Oct/2018 18:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2018 8:06

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player discovered a potentially powerful location that Widowmaker can reach on Dorado.

Known for his creative tactics, u/andygmb’s latest discovery is that with a well-placed Grappling Hook, it turns out Widowmaker can access a line-of-sight all the way across the second stage of the map.

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Stage 2 on Dorado is the longest portion of the map, and with twists and buildings to navigate it also means the battle over the payload can be taking place a long way either the offensive or defensive spawn.

For the attacking team, putting the payload through those final meters can be a tough task, as any but the most mobile of heroes will have a long walk back if they die.

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For Widowmaker, however, it turns out there’s another means of impacting a fight at the very end of Stage 2, by grappling up to a location that grants a sight-line all the way across the map.

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The spot is clearly very situational, but it’s not hard to imagine certain scenarios in which it could be quite powerful. It’s quite common for players on the defence to hold on the high ground at the end of Stage 2, for instance, and taking an uncontested shot for an opening pick could very well be the key to a successful push.

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Alternatively, in the event of a last-second or overtime push at the end of Stage 2, this might offer a means of impacting the fight after respawning. The distance from the offensive Stage 2 spawn to the end of the stage is a long way, making it difficult to return if time is critical, but the sight-line provided by these locations might allow for some damage to be dealt, perhaps enough to swing a close battle.

It’s unclear as to whether this location will be deemed acceptable or not if and when Blizzard become aware of it – in the past, similar positions have been blocked off as “unintended locations.” In the meantime, however, it might be a useful trick to pull out if a viable situation arises.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.