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Overwatch Sept 24 full patch notes – Symmetra, Reaper and Mei ‘fixed’

Published: 24/Sep/2019 19:24 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 19:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Overwatch patch has officially gone live on PC, PS4 and Xbox One with the big fix to problems multiple heroes were facing. 

As Dexerto previously reported, the September 17 patch made Symmetra’s Teleporter and Reaper’s Shadow Step abilities incredibly inconsistent – both of which are major players in the double barrier meta.

Mei’s Ice Wall was also a casualty in the last update which made placing objects very difficult leading to wasted cooldowns. This new patch should fix the problems, but we will keep you updated in the event of any additional unintended consequences.

The full patch notes are below:

via Gfycat


Overwatch Retail Patch Notes – September 24, 2019 

HERO UPDATES

General

  • Reverted edge-placement change for ground targeted abilities (Reaper’s Shadowstep, Mei’s Icewall, Symmetra’s Teleporter, etc)

BUG FIXES

General

  • Made changes to improve game stability

Maps

  • Paris – Fixed a bug that allowed players to shoot through one of the spawn doors

Heroes

Bastion

  • Brick Bastion Skin – Updated muzzle flash VFX

The changes to game stability and the Bastion muzzle flash were unexpected, but nice additions to the patch. Some fans of the Lego Bastion skin had reported difficulties using it because of the animations.

Overwatch players are, however, still eagerly awaiting a new PTR patch to address the strength of double barrier. Hopefully something can be done before the next match Overwatch competition – the Contenders Gauntlet in Seoul, South Korea.  

Some people have theorized that a new PTR patch will go live after the Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 29. There’s also the question of what patch the Nintendo Switch version of the game will drop with when it’s released on October 15.

Additionally, in the not-so-distant future, a hero is expected to be revealed at Blizzcon. How they will fit into this new meta remains anyone’s guess.   

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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.