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Overwatch Workshop Mode demonstrates how to master Symmetra’s turrets

Published: 14/Jul/2019 22:51 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 0:20

by Brent Koepp


An infamous Overwatch creator has made an ingenious Workshop mode to help others master and conquer Symmetra’s turrets.

Ever since Blizzard introduced the Workshop Mode into Overwatch, players have been using their talents to create anything and everything they can think of. 


But without a doubt, the most interesting aspect is when dedicated players make creations that help others master character mechanics in ways never possible before.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers can now master Symmetra’s sentry turrets.

“Sentry deployed”

Infamous Overwatch player ‘DarwinStreams’ has a history of guiding and instructing others with his Workshop modes, and now he’s created one that shows you the exact range of Symmetra’s sentry turrets. 


In a video posted on the Overwatch subreddit, Symmetra’s turrets deploy with a 3D green bubble around them, which highlights the precise range the turret will attack with its laserbeam.

The tutorial video then shows how using previous turrets placed can help players figure out exactly where to put down a new one so that the enemy doesn’t get a second to breathe.

This just demonstrates the full potential of the support character, and if used right, how enemies can be trapped in a cage of never-ending damage. While you can’t see the distance in game, this mode gives those dedicated to training the tools to eventually accurately estimate the distance in the main modes.


Symmetra’s turret Range [workshop by DarwinStreams] from r/Overwatch

How to play the Symmetra Workshop mode

DarwinStreams later followed his Reddit video up with an update, giving fans of his Workshop creation the code to play it for themselves. He called it his “Sym turrent planner” and said “You can place all 3 turrets to see how their ranges will overlap to find optimal spots.”

He then went on to reveal that Symmetra’s turret range is 10 meters, and that there is a one-second delay before it locks onto an enemy player.

If you’d like to give his Symmetra practice mode a go, you can do so with code XQD27.


The takeaway from all of this is that Symmetra’s sentry turret range is actually pretty big, and that players should be encouraged to spread them apart further if they want the optimal space to shred their enemies. 


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.


Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.


Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

Overwatch heroes 2020
Blizzard Entertainment
Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.