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Overwatch Workshop mode shows why Sombra is so frustrating to play against

Published: 1/Jul/2019 8:00 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 8:10

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has created a Workshop mode to demonstrate the inconsistencies with Sombra.

Sombra has seen a surge in play recently, finding a place in several compositions in the Overwatch League and consequently trickling down through the upper divisions of online ranked play.

Unfortunately, it seems not all players are happy about Sombra’s rise in popularity, with many complaining that the hero feels “broken” and frustrating to play against due to the inconsistencies in her abilities.

Specifically, it’s Sombra’s signature ability, Hack, and it’s ultimate variant EMP, that can cause issues, and Overwatch player PMAJellies has created a Workshop mode designed to make the issues with Sombra more clear than they might be in-game.

Blizzard EntertainmentSombra’s Hack can feel inconsistent on both sides of the ability.

The Workshop mode allows players to see exactly how large the radius for Sombra’s EMP is, and many might be surprised at how big an area the ability can encompass. In the video, for example, PMAJellies demonstrates that EMP covers the entirety of the capture point on Ilios Ruins.

PMAJellies also demonstrates some of the issues with Sombra’s regular Hack ability. While short, Hack does need to be channelled in order to take effect, but it appears that during the ability it’s possible to break both the line-of-sight requirement and the range but still have the ability finish.

It’s not entirely clear to what extent these aspects of hack are bugs or intended features. Blizzard has in the past attempted to give Hack a certain amount of “grace” when it comes to movement during Hack, so that the ability isn’t broken off and set on cooldown by the target moving out of range or behind cover for only the briefest moment.

As it currently stands, however, the result can be a somewhat inconsistent feel to the ability that can be frustrating on both sides, with neither Sombra nor her target necessarily able to judge whether or not the Hack will work.

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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.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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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.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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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.