Overwatch pro shows unique reason why Sombra's EMP is so good - Dexerto

Overwatch pro shows unique reason why Sombra’s EMP is so good

Published: 20/Feb/2020 18:21

by Michael Gwilliam


Canadian Overwatch pro Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts showed off why the threat of Sombra’s EMP ultimate can win team fights without ever needing to actually use the powerful ability.

During a February 19 stream, the Toronto Defiant DPS showed how the enemy team’s positioning changed once he had built the EMP – an ultimate that removes enemy shields and prevents them from using abilities for its duration.

While attacking on King’s Row, Roberts was able to easily hack the defending Reinhardt and score a quick elimination against him, because the opposing healer, Baptiste, felt threatened by EMP and played away from the fight.

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Sombra’s EMP is extremely powerful.

“You see, because I have EMP, their Bap is not playing near their team or even near their Ana,” he explained. “They’re all trying to play split and weird sh*t. They’re also not trying to max heal, because if I EMP and get caught in it, the Rein’s going to die anyway.”

He continued, “if I just solo hack him (the Reinhardt), he’s scared to Drone, and if he does Drone, I can just EMP it, and then I’ll win.”

In higher ELO games, ultimate tracking and knowing exactly what your opponents have is very much on point, meaning that teams play around combos easier and save defensive ultimates to counter offensive ones.

EMP, however, is a bit different, as it can completely negate defensive abilities such as Baptiste’s Immortality Field and Lucio’s Sound Barrier. As such, there is a bit of a cat and mouse game regarding who uses what ability first.

That said, Sombra has the advantage, because if a support is hit by the EMP, they can’t even use that defensive ability to begin with and they end up playing away from the rest of their team.

“The threat of the EMP makes people play differently,” Surefour added, going on to prove his point.

Moments later, in an important Point B team fight, Lane spotted the enemy Baptiste taking an odd line of sight to heal up his Roadhog at the risk of an EMP by Sombra. The result was his tank dying due to lack of heals.

Seconds after, Surefour and his team were able to get the enemy Reinhardt low and forced the Baptiste to use Immortality Field, which was promptly EMP’d, leading to a fight win.

“And there we go,” he added. “He finally had to save the Reinhart and I just EMP’d. Free fight win.”

Next time you’re playing Sombra, be mindful of your ultimate and see if you can force your opponents to change up how they approach you. It may help you rank up.


Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.