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Overwatch players debate whether snipers are overpowered or not

Published: 2/Apr/2019 1:29 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 1:44

by Bill Cooney

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Snipers have been a part of Overwatch since day one, but now a number of players are wondering whether or not the game’s sharpshooting heroes are OP or not.

Heroes like Widowmaker and Hanzo have the ability to deal high damage at high range and even knock most non-tank (see: squishy) heroes out with a well-placed headshot.

The ability to deal damage at long distance is exactly what sets them apart from other characters, like Soldier: 76 or Reaper, but some players are arguing, as they have since release, that it makes the heroes too hard to fight back against and counter.

Blizzard EntertainmentWidowmaker can knock players out before they know what’s going on.

What’s the problem with Widow?

In a post to Reddit on April 1, user ‘88503’ said they were looking for other players opinion on sniper heroes in Overwatch because “I’m not sure of my hatred for snipers is founded on something concrete or if I’m just salty.”

Some argued that there is a “severe lack of counter play” against for heroes such as Hanzo and Widow, which can make playing against them frustrating.

Other players in the comments seemed to agree. With one even going so far to say that “Widowmaker has absolutely no place in this game,” and argued that without the popularity of snipers in other FPS games, a character with Widowmaker’s abilities wouldn’t even exist.

Snipers. Fun and balanced. Yay or nay? from r/Overwatch

So, are Snipers OP?

Along with all the sniper hate, there were plenty of players with suggestions on how to counter them, something that should probably be common knowledge among Overwatch players out there by now.

One of the first suggestions was to go Winston, who can jump on top of an enemy sniper and effectively shut them down, as long as he doesn’t get taken out first.

Plus, players always have the option of switching to a sniper character and trying to beat the other player at their own game.

Overwatch players have been arguing about snipers in the game practically since the game’s release, so at this point expecting Blizzard to drastically change or even remove the characters seems pretty far-fetched.

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Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton

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Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
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Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.