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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

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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.

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“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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Timestamp at 9:25 for mobile viewers:

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.”

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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.

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Overwatch pro lashes out after being “thrown in trash” by OWL team

Published: 13/Oct/2020 6:30 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:16

by Brad Norton

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The 2020 Overwatch League season has now come to an end and teams have already begun to act on new roster shuffles. Mere hours after being let go by the Los Angeles Gladiators, Roni ‘LhCloud’ Tiihonen had some harsh words for his former team.

It wasn’t the most successful year for the LA Gladiators. The organization finished among the Top 8 in North American playoffs, failing to win a map against Philadelphia Fusion and Florida Mayhem. With the offseason now underway, teams are free to make roster adjustments as needed.

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Among the first to make a move was the LA franchise. They let LhCloudy go after just a few months with the team. It wasn’t long before the Main Tank expert took to Twitch and reacted to the news.

“I play 10 hours a day, I don’t get paid s***, and then I get thrown into the trash,” he said on October 12. “That’s just life.”

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The Finnish pro came to the league in 2019, joining Paris Eternal after a run with Team Gigantti in Contenders. He was soon traded over to the Gladiators, though his time spent with the team appears to have left him quite bitter.

When asked what his biggest disappointment was for the year, he aimed his complaints at the coaching staff. “I think our coaching staff made a lot of stupid f***ing decisions in our playoffs.”

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“They come to me after… oh s***, you were right.” Ultimately, the team was unable to win a map in their playoff run. Even after apologizing for not taking his supposed advice, LhCloud believed that it “didn’t mean anything.”

While his initial comments were scathing, he soon followed up by explaining that everyone on the team worked hard for the games.

“I think we just made wrong decisions in the playoffs… it’s not just the coaches fault, it’s everybody’s fault,” he added.

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After wrapping up his Twitch stream for the day, he took to Twitter to apologize for his comments. “I just wanted to say I really fu**** up today and said stupid stuff on stream. I was very emotional and it was very stupid of me to blame others. I live for OW and dedicate all of my hours to it so hearing that I was going to be released crushed my soul.”

The offseason has only just begun so there’s still plenty of weeks ahead of LhCloudy to find a new team. In case you missed the closing moments of the 2020 Overwatch League finals, here’s how things played out.

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