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Seagull demonstrates how powerful new Overwatch hero Sigma can be

Published: 24/Jul/2019 7:41 Updated: 24/Jul/2019 7:58

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch’s 31st hero, Sigma, is now available on the PTR, and popular streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned is already demonstrating just what he’s capable of in the right hands.

Seagull’s own stream actually played host to the gameplay reveal for Sigma, being joined by game director Jeff Kaplan to show off the new hero and discuss his abilities and development.

Once Sigma was live on the PTR, the former pro player jumped into some actual games to test him out, and was quick to show off just how powerful the new hero can be.

While playing a game on Eichenwalde, Seagull pulled off an epic play that wasn’t just a stunning highlight, but also made use of all of Sigma’s abilities and so makes for a fantastic demonstration of the hero in action.

The clip starts with Seagull on the high ground on the second stage, sending forth his alternate-fire Experimental Barrier and firing off his primary weapon, Hyperspheres, at enemies beneath.

Blizzard EntertainmentSigma is an eccentric astrophysicist who’s unaware he’s been turned into a living weapon.

He then jumps towards the point, using his ultimate ability, Gravitic Flux, which causes him to take flight and allows him to raise enemies in a targeted area into the air, before slamming them down for damage. By doing so he grabs a kill on the enemy Ana, and uses the flight to reclaim his place on the high ground.

An enemy Pharah unleashes her ultimate on him, but Sigma’s Kinetic Grasp ability lets him convert incoming projectiles into shields, allowing him to survive the barrage while a team-mate grabs the kill.

Turning his attention back to the low ground, Seagull fires off a well-placed Accretion – a much larger projectile that knocks down enemies as well as dealing damage – to eliminate the enemy Sigma, before helping finish off the resurrected Pharah once again.

It’s very early days for Sigma, but clips like this suggest that the scope for creative plays and skill expression on the hero will be very wide, a welcome prospect for tank players who might sometimes feel like little more than walking shields.

PC players who wish to try out Sigma can do so immediately by heading over to the PTR, but those on console will unfortunately have to wait until he arrives on the live servers, which could be a few weeks away.

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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.