Rare Overwatch trick gives Sigma the high ground on Hanamura - Dexerto
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Rare Overwatch trick gives Sigma the high ground on Hanamura

Published: 29/Jun/2020 4:00

by Andrew Amos

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Overwatch League star Choi ‘ChoiHyoBin’ Hyo-bin has stunned Sigma players around the world by sharing a neat bit of tech on Hanamura to get onto the high ground on Point A, and you can replicate it in your own games too.

Sigma has been out in Overwatch for almost a year now, but players are still finding new and innovative ways to get the full potential out of the tank hero.

While he can get an extra kick of mobility with his Gravitic Flux ultimate, it’s not the most ideal way of reaching the high ground. After all, it’s a pretty expensive cooldown.

Sigma attacking in Overwatch
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Sigma’s Hyperspheres can be used to get him onto high ground.

However, there is a neat technique that can get you to tricky places, as shared by San Francisco Shock off-tank ChoiHyoBin in their match against the Philadelphia Fusion. The best part? It only costs you a left-click.

The Sigma “sphere jump” is pretty simple to pull off to just get that little bit of elevation to bridge the gap. By firing a couple of spheres beneath you just before you launch, when they explode they’ll propel you up onto the high ground.

ChoiHyoBin used this to his advantage to get a better angle down onto the Fusion attack. He was able to block them out from that top chokepoint in Hanamura, and while the Shock’s defense eventually fell down, it helped stall time to eventually win the map.

“That’s such cool little tech,” said Robert ‘Hexagrams’ Kirkbride on cast, marvelling at the all-star off-tank’s genius.

However, the tech wasn’t necessarily the idea of the OWL 2019 champion. Instead, he got it off NA Contenders player John ‘iCy’ Kazura, who shared a clip of him doing the strat in a scrim against the Shock.

This isn’t the only place you can use the tech as Sigma. Any place you need to jump but just fall short of reaching your intended target, it can come in clutch to bring you back up.

It’s been used on Temple of Anubis before, however, this little trick on Hanamura is the first time it’s been seen in the Overwatch League ⁠— which would inspire many fans to try it out for themselves.

If you want to try it out without making a fool of yourself first, jump into a custom game and run around Hanamura ⁠— or any map of your choosing ⁠— and get the right angles. Once you nail down the basics, this tip should help you get out of sticky situations in a pinch, or help you push the advantage.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”