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Sneaky Widowmaker spot on Volskaya allows you to fire down on your foes

Published: 25/Dec/2019 4:08

by Andrew Amos

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A new Widowmaker Grappling Hook platform has been discovered on Volskaya Industries, giving defenders a whole new angle to get on top of the attackers heading into the second point.

Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook is one of the most versatile movement abilities in Overwatch. You can use it to get into small nooks around the map, jumping from ledge to ledge to force enemies to check every corner.

While there’s been some ridiculous pixel angles in the past, this new one on Volskaya Industries will be a real boon for defenders looking to take down attackers as they roll onto the second point.

Blizzard EntertainmentYou can get into some sneaky spots with Widowmaker’s Grappling Hook.

‘VkOverwatchSchool’ shared the little ledge on the competitive Overwatch subreddit on December 24, highlighting how easy it is to get up and send your enemies packing.

Standing just outside of the doors of Point B, the Widowmaker grappled up into the far corner, above the little room on the right-hand side, facing towards the point. 

From there, the sniper had a perfect angle onto their foes, and made light work of the enemy team funnelling through the point.

Volskaya sneaky Widowmaker spot. from Competitiveoverwatch

They managed to take down the enemy McCree and Mercy, before grappling back into his team once his position outside was compromised. The retreat path is a bit sketchy, but doable if you pick your battles.

It’s a bit different to just standing on the rotating platforms near the water’s edge, or by the elevator as you enter the point, but as a sniper, unpredictability in your positioning can win you games.

Although, as interesting as the spot looks, it’s not that practical. The angle you get is a bit limited, and it’s dangerous once you get found out. It’s definitely a spot you can use once a game before the enemies catch on, but too many times will hurt your team more than help.

Like other skybox platforms in Overwatch, it’s likely this will be patched out in the near future in either a hotfix or Patch 1.44.

In the meantime though, be sure to look up into the corner on Volskaya to make sure there aren’t any pesky Widowmakers holding the line from above.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”