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Pick your own perspectives for the Overwatch World Cup with the new Viewer available now

Published: 31/Oct/2018 18:36 Updated: 31/Oct/2018 18:48

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has announced that the new Overwatch World Cup Viewer is now available for pre-download.

The Viewer will give Overwatch fans control over their personal viewing experience for the first time at this year’s World Cup playoffs.

Similar to CS:GO’s GOTV feature, the World Cup Viewer will allow fans to personally observe the games live, switching between different player perspectives or third-person views whenever they choose.

The feature means that fans who want to spectate a particular favorite player will be able to do so as much as they wish, and players looking to improve by learning from the pros will be able to see exactly what a certain hero is doing at any point in the game.

In addition to the live spectating features, Blizzard will also make replays of all of the games available for a month after they originally air, allowing viewers to go back and re-watch whether they missed a match or simply want to see how things played out from a different perspective.

The tool will also be incredibly powerful for those looking to analyse the games, either for the purpose of creating content or self-improvement. With twelve players on the map and action often very fast-paced, it’s often impossible to really track every aspect of a game, and the official broadcast can’t possibly capture every detail live.

If the World Cup Viewer is successful, Blizzard has stated that they would like to broaden its features to other aspects of the game, not only for the likes of the Overwatch League but also potentially adding a replay feature for players’ games across the board.

Naturally, those that simply want to enjoy the spectacle will still be able to do so through the standard broadcast, with Blizzard’s professional observers showing off the action as effectively as possible.

The Overwatch World Cup playoffs will take place on November 2-3. The new Viewer is currently available for pre-download, and instructions for set-up and controls as well as advice on observing can be found here.

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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.