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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


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.


New Overwatch Ashe skin teased in “Deadlock Rebels” book

Published: 25/Feb/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam


An upcoming Overwatch book seems to be hinting at a possible new Ashe skin coming to the game, possibly for the Anniversary or Archives events.

Overwatch fans spotted a new cover for the book online and noticed how Ashe has a completely different look than the one most players are familiar with.

In this, she still sports her white hair, but wears a red jacket and dark black pants while standing back-to-back with McCree, who seems to be drawn in his “Deadlock” skin look from the Archives event.

According to the book’s synopsis on Amazon, Deadlock Rebels takes place when Ashe is still in high school and is arrested before her graduation. As such, her parents cut her off from the family fortune.

Ashe escorts the payload
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Ashe has quickly become one of the most popular Overwatch heroes.

From there, she teams up with her butler B.O.B and McCree to steal back what the book claims is “rightfully hers.”

Furthermore, the synopsis states that the novel will explore the founding of the Deadlock Gang – one of Overwatch’s more underdeveloped factions.

The poster has fans hopeful that they’ll be able to get their hands on this new look Ashe in the form of a future skin.

“Yoooo, Young Ashe looks great. I hope we will get that as a skin since we already got the McCree one?” one asked on Twitter.

“I smell a new Ashe skin coming!” another remarked.

The book is set to release on June 1, 2021, so it doesn’t quite line-up with the new Archives event, which begins in either April or March.

McCree Deadlock skin
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The skin seems connected to Deadlock McCree.

However, the Anniversary event may be very likely, as every time that event has happened it’s run from May to June – which suggests the next event will overlap with the book’s release.

Although nothing is confirmed just yet, and this new look for Ashe could be exclusive to the novel itself, hopefully, Blizzard does end up releasing a skin based on this younger Ashe in the future.