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This Overwatch technique makes Sombra’s EMP almost impossible to stop

Published: 14/Jan/2019 23:03 Updated: 15/Jan/2019 0:47

by Bill Cooney


Sombra’s ability to temporarily take other heroes out of the fight with her hack and EMP abilities is one of the most powerful in Overwatch, but now it looks like a new technique could make her ultimate even tougher to stop.

Sombra’s ultimate, EMP, stops all enemy heroes within range of Sombra from using any of their special or passive abilities for a few seconds after being activated.


There is a small window, just before Sombra activates EMP, where she’s vulnerable to stuns or other CC abilities, but a new trick can reduce that time to almost nothing.

In a gif posted to /r/CompetitveOverwatch, user delettebrigitte demonstrates how, if Sombra activates EMP just before translocating, she’s able to cancel the ability’s animation and make it go off almost immediately after she teleports.


So, instead of having a half second of warning before EMP goes off, there’s basically no indication it’s coming when using this technique.

Of course, this method isn’t perfect, because Sombra’s Translocator is destructible, so it’s tough to get it in unnoticed onto an enemy point or through an enemy choke.

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This technique would take some practice to get just right, but it could prove to be some very useful tech in the right situation.

It could be more viable to catch the enemy team off guard on escort maps, since the payload is moving, instead of on King of the Hill or Control Point, where the objective is stationary.

But, there is the chance that the player demonstrating this has a high ping, and what is being shown on the screen is not actually what’s happening in game, so before trying this out for real, it’s probably best to test it in a custom game with friends or the practice range.


Sombra has the ability to change the tide of a fight or engagement more than maybe any other Overwatch hero, and now this new technique could make her even deadlier.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.