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Simple Overwatch buff could be the change Soldier 76’s ultimate needs

Published: 14/Mar/2020 21:23

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch player has come up with a simple buff that would change Soldier 76’s ultimate to work more like Torbjorn’s turret, and would make it deal more damage as a result.

In an effort to beef the hero up and bring him back to the forefront of the DPS metagame, Overwatch player LambdaC9 came up with a simple, yet brilliant buff for his Tactical Visor.

Soldier’s ultimate is basically a built-in aimbot, and after it’s activated he locks on to any enemy in his field of view for six seconds, but there are some major drawbacks.

One of the biggest is that it locks on to the center of an enemy hero’s hitbox, so if your target goes behind cover, even slightly, the lock-on is broken and Soldier will stop shooting them.

“I have to move to the side with Soldier to uncover Roadhog’s center hitbox in order to make my aimbot work, even though I can clearly see him and could shoot at his side hitbox,” LambdaC9 said. “It is really annoying because during fights sometimes you’re aimbot is going AGAINST you.”

Lambda proposes changing Soldier’s Visor to lock on to enemies like Torbjorn’s turret does, where it aims at any part of the hitbox, instead of just the center.

“Torbjorn’s turret changes its [line of sight] if it’s target’s center hitbox is covered by an obstacle,” they explained. “Soldier’s Ultimate does not behave this way, it always goes for its target’s center hitbox, which means if something is blocking it, the aimbot is not gonna work even if your target is clearly in your field of view.”

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In the above clip, former Overwatch League pro Sleepy is playing Roadhog and as you can see, unlike Soldier’s ultimate the turret is able to keep targeting him even when Hog is behind a pillar.

“Soldier’s ultimate is considered weak these days,” Lambda admitted. “So I thought making it behave like Torb’s turret would be a slight improvement, especially for shooting targets peeking around corners or hiding behind payloads.”

Unfortunately, there isn’t a way for players to change this and try it for themselves in the Workshop (that we know of), so it would be up to Blizzard devs themselves to make the change and maybe give us an Experimental mode to test it out.

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Soldier’s Tactical Visor has remained basically unchanged since Overwatch came out in 2016.

There’s no denying that Soldier isn’t as highly picked as he used to be in Overwatch, and it would be interesting to see how an ultimate buff like the one suggested could work out and possibly improve the hero’s pick rate.


Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam


Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.