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Overwatch players find unusual trick for Hanzo’s Lunar New Year emote

by Bill Cooney
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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is in full swing, and players have somehow discovered the latest trick shot that can be pulled off in-game.

Trick shots are nothing new in Overwatch, and some players still practice their basketball skills every time they’re in spawn.

Now, a player named KuNatsu on Reddit has upped the ante with a new skill shot for Hanzo’s “Sky Lantern” 2020 Lunar New Year emote.

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As you can see in the video above, usually the lantern just floats away peacefully into the air as Hanzo releases it.

But, KuNatsu discovered that if you spin him around in the Hero Gallery while he’s releasing the lantern, it can shoot off into the distance behind him.

Somehow they came up with a plan to put this newfound knowledge to use by sending the lantern through the window on Lijiang Tower's Night Market stage with an epic trick shot.

The move had to be performed in the Hero Gallery, since it's not possible to spin around as needed for the shot while emoting in the game.

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It probably took more than a few tries to figure the shot out, but KuNatsu was able to yeet the lantern through the open space and out over the city.

Some Redditors threw out some somber "Kobe" comments to describe the shot, and pay tribute to the late, great Los Angeles Laker's legend Kobe Bryant who passed away on January 26.

As Hanzo would say, the shot all came down to "simple geometry", and a questionably thorough understanding of Overwatch's mechanics to even know that something like this is possible.

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At this point, should we expect anything less from Hanzo players?

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If you want to pick up Hanzo's "Sky Lantern" emote there's still time, Overwatch's Lunar New Year event runs until February 5.

The emote is available in Lunar New Year loot boxes, but players can also purchase it for a cool 750 coins from the Hero Gallery if they've fallen out of favor with the RNG gods.