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Sneaky Widowmaker spot on Volskaya can score early frags in Overwatch

Published: 12/Aug/2020 20:01

by Michael Gwilliam


Scoring the first kill in Overwatch normally leads to a team fight victory, but sometimes, opening the match with a pick right out of spawn can be enough to tilt the enemy team. A little known Widowmaker spot on Volskaya Industries can do just that.

Volakaya is an Assault/2CP map, and normally requires a lot of coordination from the attacking team in order to capture the objectives. However, in ranked play, it can be difficult to get said coordination to work, and as a result, it can be increasingly frustrating.


This is where scoring eliminations with heroes like Widowmaker can make a major difference and ramp up that frustration factor for the attackers.

Twitch streamer ‘echidna_ow’ showcased a truly unique spot with the sniper hero that can score eliminations seconds into the round.

Widowmaker dives through the air to snipe an enemy
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Getting early frags as Widowmaker can set the tone of a match.

Right before entering the first choke point where defenders normally set up, there a rooftop of sorts that Widowmaker can grapple up to. While she can’t remain positioned there, skilled players can still fire off a single shot while airborne.

As you can see in the video, the grapple spot gives echidna_ow a view of the attackers’ spawn. In fact, in the clip, there were two possible targets available with the Mercy and opposing Widowmaker.

Just as the spawn doors opened, echidna_ow was able to score a lightning-fast kill onto the Widowmaker. Considering this was in extra rounds, and the enemy team only had two minutes to work with, forcing the opponents to wait for their teammate to respawn is a major benefit.


Or, as was the case in the clip, echidna_ow forced the enemy Mercy to use her Resurrection ability on the Widow, putting it on a 30 second cool down.

This Overwatch trick can also work if you are familiar with enemy spawn timers, and can pinpoint the moment they’ll be leaving spawn so you can land even more juicy headshots.

Next time you’re on Volskaya, be sure to remember this spot and see if you can land early eliminations to tilt your foes off the planet.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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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.