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Overwatch players encounter deadly Widowmaker bug exploit on Busan

Published: 18/Oct/2018 16:36

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player encountered a Widowmaker glitch exploit on Busan’s Downtown point.

Like all games with any degree of complexity, Overwatch has its fair share of bugs and glitches.

In many cases, these bugs might not have a major impact on the game – such as the one that results in a rather amusing third-person mode for Wrecking Ball – but sometimes they can be exploited by players for an unintended advantage.

One such exploit has been identified on the Downtown section of the game’s newest map, Busan. On one side of the map, an upper platform exists that allows players to not only allows players a major view over the map, but also the ability to remain hidden and largely invulnerable.

On top of the platform are a collection of vents which players can walk through unimpeded and shoot through from inside. From the outside, however, the vents appear impenetrable to most forms of damage.

As a result, it’s possible for Widowmaker to sit in the vents, largely invisible to enemies, while remaining immune to return fire even if enemy players figure out where she is, as Overwatch player Ambidextrous discovered.

Though the glitch is arguably most powerful with Widowmaker, who benefits greatly from having a stationary, invulnerable vantage point, any hero with the necessary movement abilities can reach this location.

The bug is known to have been reported on the Overwatch forums, and Blizzard are often quick to respond to such issues. Until a fix is announced, however, it’s worth keeping an eye out for opponents abusing this spot if you’re playing on Busan.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.