Snappy Overwatch trick lets Zenyatta kill Tracer with her own Pulse Bomb - Dexerto
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Snappy Overwatch trick lets Zenyatta kill Tracer with her own Pulse Bomb

Published: 8/Sep/2020 0:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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Zenyatta is somewhat of a glass cannon in Overwatch, being extremely vulnerable to flankers while packing a tremendous punch in the damage department. Luckily, there’s a neat trick that can sabotage Tracer’s attempts to eliminate him with Pulse Bomb.

Unlike many heroes, Zenyatta’s hitbox is strange in that he’s technically sitting down, meditating in the air. This makes him a prime target for all sorts of enemies, but he’s a special prize for flankers such as Tracer, Genji, Sombra and Doomfist.

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While Zenyatta does have some offensive tools to deal with flankers, he often loses out due to how quickly he can be dove upon. His hitbox doesn’t do him any favors either, as it’s incredibly easy for a Tracer to one-clip Zenyatta or stick him with a Pulse Bomb.

That said, if you do end up getting stuck by a Pulse Bomb, there is a bit of trick you can do to turn the tables on your oppressor.

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Zenyatta’s Ultimate makes him immune to damage.

As Twitch streamer ‘C_y_B’ shows, in a potential final fight on Busan MEKA Base, the support player gets stuck with a Pulse Bomb by the opposing Tracer.

Knowing that his survival can be key to making sure his team wins the round (and doesn’t have to retake with the team already at 99% capture), he makes the smart move to activate his Transcendence ultimate.

Transcendence is unique in that it makes Zenyatta completely invincible during its duration (although he can still be knocked off the map and to his death), and heals anyone around him at a rate of 300 HP per second.

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With the Pulse Bomb attached, the Zenyatta player makes the smart decision to purposefully run into the enemy Tracer and eliminate her with her own Pulse Bomb while coming away completely unscathed.

Next time you’re playing Zenyatta and you cannot afford to die, remember this trick and try to take Tracer out yourself.

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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.