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Symmetra’s New Teleporter Isn’t the Only Ability with Creative Possibilities

Published: 9/Jun/2018 4:58 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player has found an extra defensive ability of sorts hidden within Symmetra’s new kit.

Players are still experimenting to figure out exactly what the new Symmetra is capable of. In many cases, it’s a question of synergizing with team-mates for teleporter plays – depositing a self-destructing D.Va in the back lines, or placing a charging Reinhardt behind his opposite number – but Symmetra’s new tricks don’t all rely on other players.

One of the other big changes to Symmetra was in the way her turrets are deployed. No longer do they have to be placed directly, they now act as projectiles that attach to the first surface they come into contact with.

As redditor u/andygmb demonstrates, however, that’s not the only function they have. Symmetra’s new turrets also now act as a barrier against multiple abilities and attacks. 

In effect, with the right game sense and reactions, Symmetra players also have a defensive ability built-in to their turrets, and it’s not difficult to imagine how this could be utilized by very skilled players to block key abilities mid-fight, both personally and potentially even for team-mates.

It’s becoming clear that Symmetra will be hero whose skill ceiling will very much be determined by smarts more than mechanics. The range of possibilities for the hero in the hands of a master looks exciting, although it might be some time before the Overwatch League players will be able to show it off in competition, with it already having been confirmed that the new Symmetra will be disabled for the playoffs.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.