Overwatch players discover a game-breaking bug on Eichenwalde - Dexerto

Overwatch players discover a game-breaking bug on Eichenwalde

Published: 21/Jan/2019 10:23 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 17:05

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch players have discovered a major bug exploit with Symmetra on Eichenwalde.

A Symmetra bug gives her the ability to reach a location in which she is effectively invulnerable but still able to deal massive damage over what is already perhaps the toughest choke point for attackers to break through.

The bug appears to be with Symmetra’s teleporter, which was changed in her rework to a regular ability rather than an ultimate. Since the change, however, players have noticed some instances in which the teleporter can create some strange interactions with the game’s geography.

In this case, it appears Symmetra can use the teleporter to get inside the roof of the building on the left side of the bridge that acts as the first choke-point in stage one of Eichenwalde.

Once inside, it seems Symmetra can place turrets within the wall that will still target enemies outside, meaning they can deal damage but not be destroyed. Symmetra can also fire at the enemy while remaining largely invulnerable.

Overwatch player u/lea87crzz encountered a team taking advantage of the bug.

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While the wall will block most attempts at removing the Symmetra, one possibility to deal with this exploit could be to use Hanzo’s ultimate, Dragonstrike. While it’s obviously frustrating to have to use an ultimate ability to counter a bug, it at least offers a potential counter should you run into this in a match.

It’s also advisable that players do not attempt to use this bug themselves. Even though it’s currently possible to do so, Blizzard have historically been willing to punish players retroactively for utilizing clear exploits like this that obviously break the intended rules of the game.

*Update: January 21* 

It appears the exploit can also be used on the first stage of Dorado. Overwatch player u/PuddleLake captured footage of multiple members of an opposing team using the exploit to reach an invulnerable position while defending.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.