Secret Numbani high ground could be Widowmaker's best spot in Overwatch - Dexerto
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Secret Numbani high ground could be Widowmaker’s best spot in Overwatch

Published: 28/Jan/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam

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Widowmaker is easily one of Overwatch’s most oppressive heroes with her ability to one-shot the majority of the game’s cast. While it takes tremendous mechanical skill to carry games with the sniper lady, making use of a secret high ground spot on Numbani can tip the odds in your team’s favor even further.

As demonstrated by Twitch streamer and Widow main Brian ‘Kephrii’ St. Pierre, the spot in question is directly above the third and final checkpoint for the attackers. By grappling above onto an arch of the museum building, players can actually firmly position themselves without falling below.

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After Kaphrii removed an enemy Hanzo from the backline, he grappled up to this spot where he had an excellent vantage point to overlook the battle. With his superb aim, he was able to take out an Ana, Doomfist, and Baptiste before eventually dying to an enemy Widow.

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Hard to believe the high ground above the museum was accessible.

However, his efforts were enough to make a lot of space for his team and force the opponent to turn their backs to the payload in order to focus on him.

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Now, imagine if you will, that the payload has already made its final left turn and was in the home stretch of the map. Kephrii’s positioning would have been even more difficult to deal with because the enemy team is forced into a very compromising situation.

They would have had to eliminate Kephrii and turn their backs to the payload, content the payload to ensure the round doesn’t end, and then wipe the enemy team. Forcing the opposing team to multitask like this can lead to easy victories, especially if communication is lacking.

This isn’t the only crafty Widowmaker spot on Numbani either. As Dexerto previously reported, Reddit user ‘IAmDawk’ found a really nice vantage point by grappling onto the very edge of a window on point C to freely fire down a major choke.

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Of course, Widowmaker’s threat-level rises immensely once damage-multipliers are factored in. If you have a Mercy on your team, tell her where you are so she can guardian angel up to you and damage boost each of your shots.

With help from Mercy’s blue beam, not only are your shots charged faster, but you’re also doing 30% more damage. This means that characters like Brigitte who have 250HP, including 200 armor, can be one-tapped.

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With a damage boost, Widowmaker becomes the scariest hero in the game.

Next time you’re in a match on Numbani and want to try your luck as Widowmaker, remember these spots. With any luck and a bit of skill, you could even up winning the match for your team.

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Even if you’re not scoring kills, just the threat that you’re up there can be enough for your foes to use resources to contest you or even swap off their hero picks. And that can be just as useful as fragging out.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.