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Overwatch Streamer xQc Isn’t Happy About the New Private Profiles

Published: 28/Jun/2018 13:42 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has commented on the game’s recently-introduced private profiles.

One of the elements of Blizzard’s push to improve the atmosphere in Overwatch has been to make players’ profile private by default.

Where previously anyone could look on another player’s profile to see details like how many hours they had in-game, and how much they played different heroes, not only is there now an option to hide this information but it’s the default setting.

The change is designed to prevent inter-player issues like pre-emptive criticism. When a player’s team-mates can see that they have a lot of time on one hero and not much on another, it can cause tension if that player wishes to play a different role. Alternatively, team-mates could use the player’s perceived inexperience on a hero as justification for criticism later in the game.

Not everyone is happy about the change, however. As xQc explained during a recent stream, it has the side-effect of making it much harder to figure out where different player’s capabilities lie when trying to put together an effective composition if they’re not very vocal, especially when there might be some overlap in preferred hero pools.

While xQc’s seems to be a view shared by many, there’s certainly a divide on the issue, with many other players being happy with the change. Houston Outlaws Support Chris ‘Bani’ Benell offered another take on the issue.

It seems unlikely that Blizzard will completely remove the feature, but they’ve always proven willing to update where necessary in response to community feedback. It’s possible a change such as making private profiles an option rather than the default, or having some other means of demonstrating players’ preferred heroes, might be added in the future.

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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.