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Overwatch PTR update could let Symmetra help her entire team flank

Published: 30/Mar/2019 0:34 Updated: 30/Mar/2019 14:54

by Bill Cooney


The latest Overwatch PTR update might allow for more creative uses for Symmetra’s teleporter during matches and could let entire teams try and flank.

The changes on the PTR make Reaper’s Shadowstep and Symmetra’s teleporter abilities much easier to target, and players have already demonstrated how they make Reaper’s movement ability useable in way more situations than before.

Now it seems players have discovered that the changes to Symmetra’s teleporter also makes it easier to use on the fly, instead of spending seconds trying to get the placement just right.

Blizzard EntertainmentSymmetra’s teleporter is useful, but can be hard to place in exactly the right spot on the current patch.

What’s new with Symmetra

As an example of the new and improved targeting, Reddit user Rickford_of_Cairns showed a new flanking route on Watchpoint Gibraltar’s third stage.

Just after the outside door to the attacking spawn, they place Symmetra’s teleporter on a roof across the main path.

Once Symmetra gets up there, even she is able to work her way around to behind the bridge further along in the stage.

If a team was stuck on the corner of this part of the map, this Symmetra flank could actually come in clutch, if you can manage to coordinate your team that is.

PTR Sym Rollouts – This new teleporter flank on Watchpoint: Gibralta. from r/Overwatch

Other Overwatch PTR changes

The changes on the PTR also affect Junkrat’s grenades, increasing their speed but reducing their bounce, in an effort by Blizzard to encourage more direct hits.

So after the PTR updates go live, players can look forward to plenty of eager Symmetra players somehow appearing in their backline.

Exactly when the updates will be going live is still unknown, but there’s a good chance they’ll be here with this year’s Archives event, which should start on April 16, according to leaks.


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.