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South Korea Unveils Unbelievably Stacked Overwatch World Cup Roster

Published: 4/Jul/2018 14:50 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 15:13

by Joe O'Brien

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The South Korean team for the 2018 Overwatch World Cup has been revealed.

The line-up that will attempt to secure the third consecutive World Cup trophy for South Korea has been announced.

Competition for a spot on the South Korea team was expected to be incredibly stiff. With three all-Korean teams in the Overwatch League and at least one Korean player on every other team – several more in most cases – there’s no shortage of candidates playing at the highest level.

Even so, it’s little surprise to see the team built around members of New York Excelsior, the team that dominated the OWL regular season. All three Excelsior Support players made the cut, along with DPS duo Park ‘Saebyeolbe’ Jong-ryeol and Kim ‘Libero’ Hae-seong, as well as flex tank Kim ‘MekO’ Tae-hong.

The other half of the squad is a mixture of representatives from several teams. Los Angeles Valiant contributes main tank Koo ‘Fate’ Pan-seung and support player Park ‘KariV’ Young-seo, while Philadelphia Fusion’s Lee ‘Carpe’ Jae-hyeok and Seoul Dynasty’s Kim ‘Fleta’ Byung-sun got the nod for the remaining DPS slots. Finally, LA Gladiators main tank Baek ‘Fissure’ Chan-hyung and London Spitfire flex tank Kim ‘Fury’ Jun-ho round out the squad.

The South Korea line-up almost reads like a who’s who of MVP candidates in their respective roles, and it will undoubtedly be the team to beat for this year’s World Cup once again. The team will also be coached by New York Excelsior’s Yu ‘Pavane’ Hyeon-sang, who has helped build the Overwatch League’s number one team.

South Korea’s World Cup campaign will begin on home soil with their group stage, taking place August 17th-19th.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.