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Soldier 76 becomes stunning Overwatch acrobat in hilarious emote glitch

Published: 4/Jan/2021 5:05

by Brad Norton

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Overwatch bugs don’t often come as amusing as this new Soldier 76 issue that’s giving old man Morrison a spring in his step and allowing him to copy emotes from other, more flexible, characters.

Glitches in Overwatch are typically more frustrating than anything else. Whether they’re leaving players trapped in some awkward geometry or outright teleporting you from one spot on the map to another.

However, there are times when glitches can actually be positive. Some have seen teams literally climbing to different maps, for instance, in a real buggy bonding experience. The latest issue falls into that category and gave an entire team a moment of laughter during a recent match on Hollywood.

Despite being one of the older characters in Overwatch, an amusing bug is giving Solider 76 a new source of energy in the most ridiculous way possible.

Overwatch Echo gameplay
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Echo can copy other heroes but now she’s got a taste of her own medicine thanks to Soldier.

Each and every hero in Blizzard’s FPS title comes with their own set of emotes. These unlockable cosmetics don’t have any impact on the gameplay itself, other than to mock enemies or make your team laugh.

Soldier 76 has his emotes grounded in reality, being the hardened veteran that he is. Though this glitch throws his set of poses out the window, replacing them with Echo’s high-flying and otherworldly movements.

Every player on the team gathered around to watch Soldier twirl through the air like never before. A dozen spins in the blink of an eye and even a backflip thrown in for good measure. It’s safe to say Morrison has never been quite this nimble before.

There’s no telling how the bug occurred before the match kicked off, but it was enough of a spectacle to draw everyone’s attention until the enemy arrived.

Soldier shows his moves from Overwatch

Oddly enough, there were no recorded voice lines of any kind coming from the other player, so there’s no telling if they had Echo’s full personality to go with the hilarious movement, or just the shock dance moves.

There’s a good reason why emotes are locked to individual characters — Soldier 76 just proved that — but if we could pick from any combination, seeing Roadhog pull off Lucio’s Capoeira emote would be at the top of our list without question.

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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.”