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Overwatch streamer reveals true hitboxes for every hero in the game

Published: 13/May/2020 0:06

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch streamer and educational YouTuber ‘KarQ Games’ revealed what the real hitboxes are for every hero in the entire game, and there are some major shockers that could explain why some shots don’t register.

With the help of content creator ‘plus or minus,’ KarQ was able to show off the hitboxes for all of the tanks, supports and DPS heroes.

As is the case with most of the characters, their hotboxes extend far beyond their actual body or head, while some have extensions that give the illusion of being targetable when they really are not.

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Winston’s hitbox is massive.

For instance, with Reinhardt, aiming anywhere around his upper torso will count as a hit, but there is a noticeable gap between his legs that won’t be damaged.

Interestingly, with Winston, the wing-like parts of his suit can be targeted, unlike other characters with model extensions. His back legs also have a large hitbox, despite how they appear to have a gap.

Wrecking Ball’s head hitbox, on the other hand, is so small relative to his body that it’s a miracle if you can land a headshot on him, at all.

Moving onto the DPS, Ashe’s legs are extremely wide and can also be easily hit by shots that would appear to miss completely.

In Sentry form, Bastion’s turret is part of his hitbox, making it one of the few weapons that can actually be attacked.

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Not all of McCree’s hat can be hit.

For Echo, there a couple of surprises. Her blue head attachment is not part of her hitbox at all, but her wings are, so it’s important to keep that in mind when dueling her.

Amusingly, Junkrat’s trap is actually a lot longer vertically than it appears in game, which explains why jumping over it doesn’t really work.

One trick for McCree players found in this video is that some of his hat isn’t actually part of his hitbox, so if you wear a skin with a wider hat, you could trick some enemies into shooting at part of you that won’t do any damage.

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Zenyatta’s head is massive.

Reaper’s model has some major issues with a massive gap under his arms still vulnerable despite them being lifted up.

Finally, with the supports, Ana’s hitbox is “very true” to her actual character model, which KarQ believes could be why players complain about her being difficult to kill.

Last, with Zenyatta, there are some concerns due to how massive his head is. “This explains why it’s so easy to one-clip him on Tracer, for example,” the streamer stated.

It will be interesting to see if Blizzard ever adjusts these models to make them fairer for players in the future, but until then, it’s important to be mindful what parts of heroes you can actually hit when in the heat of battle.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.