OWL pro uses cool trick to survive Sigma ultimate, but is it an exploit? - Dexerto
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OWL pro uses cool trick to survive Sigma ultimate, but is it an exploit?

Published: 9/Sep/2019 16:15 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 18:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Doomfist has been the most impactful hero in the Overwatch League playoffs thus far, and Vancouver Titans DPS star Hyojong ‘Haksal’ Kim has been no exception. The 18-year-old rookie of the year has been doing everything in his power to help his team including possibly taking advantage of exploits. 

In the September 8 winners bracket semi-final between the Titans and LA Gladiators, Haksal found himself in an unfortunate predicament in Map 5 when he was caught by Jun-woo ‘Void’ Kang’s Sigma ultimate Gravitic Flux. 

While some heroes do have a way to escape the powerful ability which takes approximately half of a player’s health, such as Moira’s fade, Doomfist is normally as good as done. But not if you’re Haksal. 

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentHaksal won the Rookie of the Year award.

Right before the Titans player hit the ground from being dropped from the air, he activated Doomfist’s ultimate Meteor Strike with around 63 HP left. This allowed the DPS prodigy to survive, gain some invulnerability, recover health and help his team hold the Gladiators at bay on Eichenwalde B.

This is actually very similar to a move other Sigma players can do if they are caught in an opposing Sigma’s ultimate. By activating it right before hitting the ground, they can avoid the drop damage and potentially strike back at the opponent who would have no way to counter the move. 

Haksal abuses Meteor Strike glitch to save himself from Flux from r/Competitiveoverwatch

Over on Reddit, where this clip was first posted, users have been debating this Doomfist trick and whether or not it’s an exploit, a bug or completely intentional by the developers.

“I don’t mean to single out Haksal, i’ve seen 3-4 players abusing this bug this week alone,” London Spitfire fan shiftz7 wrote. 

“He’s not abusing it though, it’s literally unavoidable doing this bug when playing df effectively, because you should spam meteor strike to escape extra incoming damage,” GotNoMicSry replied. 

“‘Abuses meteor strike glitch’,” Xayzac said, quoting the thread’s title. “It should say ‘Clever use of hidden tech’.” 

Blizzard EntertainmentDoomfist is a extremely powerful in the double barrier meta.

“If a pro does it, it’s a tech, if a ranked queue opponent does it, it’s bug abuse,” worldwarA chimed in. 

Whether or not this is a bug or exploit or tech is unknown. The “trick” is not currently added to Blizzard’s current “known issues list” on the official forums’ bug report section. 

Until it’s patched out, if it even does, it’s a good way for Doomfist players to stay alive against one of the most powerful ultimates in the game. 

Cosplay

Overwatch cosplayer gets ready for Halloween as a perfect Mercy

Published: 30/Oct/2020 22:39 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 6:35

by Nate Searl

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Halloween is almost upon us, and cosplayers everywhere are preparing for the holiday. This Overwatch Mercy cosplay goes above and beyond when bringing this angelic healer to life and deserves some extra recognition. 

When Overwatch came out back in 2016, there were only three healers, and Mercy was one of them. A lot has changed since then and there are a lot more Heroes, and the hero herself has seen quite a few changes. Despite this, she remains a fan favorite, especially for cosplayers.

There are plenty of awesome OW cosplays out there, but Hanxiaoyue really brings her to life with the help of @Anka_Ephemere on Twitter. The two collaborate for a fantastic rendition with excellent photography and visual effects.

Mercy cosplayer preps for Halloween

Despite the fact that Witch Mercy is Mercy’s Halloween skin, Hanxiaoyue went with the Winged Victory skin with some extra spooky effects, and she nailed it. Starting with her hair, she puts her blonde hair in a ponytail and parts her bangs. It is held back by a golden crown with wing-like ear guards, just like in the cosmetic. To cap it off, she includes the fern-like plants behind her ears.

For her attire, she dons a white tunic with gold embroidery held up with a brown rope. On her arms and legs, she wears bracelets. On her back, she has Mercy’s signature wings, modeled directly off of the skin. Then, there is of course the staff, which is perfect down to the last little leaf.

If the cosplay itself wasn’t impressive enough, the graphic design that goes along with it really gives it life. @Anka_Ephemere includes two shots with Mercy on a dark and fiery battlefield, and then another two with her at what appears to be Ilios Ruins.

The first two images are fitting for the hero, as she is a beacon of hope and light on the battlefield. The Winged Victory skin also based on the Goddess Nike and works well with the other images on Ilios, which is an Overwatch map based on Santorini in Greece.

This is one of the most impressive Mercy cosplays out there, and Hanxiaoyue really brings the character to life along with @Anka-Ephemere’s photography and graphic design.