Overwatch players discover sneaky Sombra Capture the Flag exploit - Dexerto

Overwatch players discover sneaky Sombra Capture the Flag exploit

Published: 9/Nov/2019 23:45 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 1:25

by Brent Koepp


Overwatch players have discovered an exploit in Capture the Flag that allows hacker hero Sombra to use her teleport ability to break the arcade game mode.

Capture the Flag was first introduced to Overwatch in 2017, and was a mode that Blizzard Entertainment had struggled to make work for years according to director Jeff Kaplan in a developer update vlog posted in January of that year.

The arcade game overcame its hurdles and proves popular now though, and one player on Reddit has discovered an exploit using Sombra’s teleport ability in the crazy mode.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Arcade mode sees players trying to capture the flag from their opponents team, and bring it back to their own base.

Reddit user ‘ZeMedicIsHere‘ uploaded a video from a replay of their match on the Overwatch subreddit, which shows the opponent Sombra using her teleport ability’s animation to quickly grab the flag, and transport it back to her side.

The player is invisible, before they run into the middle of the enemy flag, and right as they grab it they immediately teleport which carries both the Sombra and the object back to their base, awarding the opponent with an easy score.

Usually Sombra is supposed to drop the flag when she transports, but it seems that the player was able to carry the flag with him. 

Reddit user ‘Shortypants69’ commented, saying, “It looks like the presses recall so fast the animation to drop the flag got carried with them.”

Reddit: Shortypants69The Reddit user believed that the flag was technically dropping, but the Sombra animation was so quick that it was carried to the other side before hitting the ground.

While it’s unclear if this is an actual glitch, another comment theorized that if “you start dropping the flag in the same tick as you recall, the animation plays out and finishes” in your new location.

Reddit: pbradley179Another comment on Overwatch subreddit tried to explain how the exploit actually might work.

It remains to be seen if this is an exploit that can be replicated, but several users on the Overwatch subreddit claimed that they had experienced similar situations when playing against Sombra.

If it is in fact something that can be done, Blizzard will be sure to patch it out quickly to stop sneaky players from breaking the game mode. 


Sneaky Overwatch spot gets you to Watchpoint Gibraltar’s high ground fast

Published: 22/Nov/2020 21:26

by Julian Young


In any competitive shooter, good positioning and map control are key factors to achieving victory. The Overwatch community has once again shown how smart movement can benefit players, this time with a clever trick to gain the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Overwatch is a unique title that requires team coordination and individual skill to overcome opponents. Heroes need to synergize their abilities with teammates and perform well on their own to defeat the other team.

Outside of individual skill and good teamwork, positioning and map control are two additional factors to consider when a team plans and executes their strategy. Players are always looking for new ways to exploit their surroundings to help outsmart their enemies.

While many movement techniques are well-known in the Overwatch community, there are still some tricks that not all players are aware of.  In a video posted user ‘Hovspian’, they show off a lesser-known shortcut players can use to reach the high ground on Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

Found a new shortcut to highground on Gibraltar second from Overwatch

In the clip, the player is in the interior room located near Checkpoint B: a fairly open space with bits of cover in various spots and a vehicle hanging from the ceiling. They walk towards a forklift that is holding some containers, and then jump on top of the vehicle’s glass windshield.

From there, they jump onto the containers the forklift is holding, and then to the nearby ledge that lines the interior wall. From that position, they survey the room and show off an impressive vantage point where they can shoot down at any enemies in the open space below.

Overwatch Watchpoint Gibraltar Map
Blizzard Entertainment
An Overwatch player has shared a nifty trick to gain the high ground on Operation: Gibraltar.

While this may not be a new discovery for some Overwatch veterans, not every player knows about it. One user responded shortly after the post went live saying they were not familiar with this particular move, and thanked Hovspian for sharing it. For those unfamiliar with the movement on display in the clip, this climbing maneuver could prove useful in future matches.

Whether they are playing a damage, tank, or support role, all can benefit from movement that provides them with an advantage. This video is another example of how players can outsmart the competition with their movement skills, and add another trick to their existing arsenal.