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Top 5 Overwatch Workshop game modes and how to play them

Published: 25/Apr/2019 11:56 Updated: 25/Apr/2019 13:08

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard have just released a new Workshop feature for Overwatch on the PTR, and players are already using it to create some amazing new game modes.

The Workshop is a scripting system that allows players to harness some of the development power that Blizzard themselves use to create their own new modes and even prototype new heroes.

Overwatch already had a custom game mode tool, but those modes were limited to adjusting the basic settings of a match. With the Workshop, players can now implement entirely new rules well beyond what was previously possible.

The Workshop was released to the PTR on April 24, and players have wasted no time in coming up with new modes, some taking inspiration from other games while others are new ideas.

Here’s a look at some of the most interesting new modes that have already been created. Share codes have been included where possible so that you can try them out for yourself.

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Super Smash Bros: Overwatch

What if Overwatch was a fighting game? This custom mode takes inspiration from a fighting classic, Super Smash Bros, to fundamentally change how players battle in Overwatch.

Just like in Smash, in this mode heroes don’t have a health pool. Instead, as the get hit, their  damage number goes up. The higher the number, the further the player will be knocked back when they’re hit, with the goal being to knock opponents off of the map.

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Gun Game

An FPS classic mode, Gun Game has appeared in all manner of shooters dating back to the earliest versions of Counter-Strike.

The premise is simple – each kill unlocks a new weapon, and the first player to work their way through all of the available weapons wins. In Overwatch, this means picking up an elimination with every hero, although in this specific version some heroes have limitations to ensure appropriate difficulty as the game progresses.

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Bullet Time

If you really want to feel like a hero while playing Overwatch, there might be nothing better than adding cinematic “Bullet Time”. 

In this custom mode, scoping in results in the game switching to slow motion for those dramatic action moments. For those that want to live out their Matrix fantasies in Overwatch, this is the perfect game mode.

Share code: Unfortunately, the creator hasn’t given a share code at this time.

Emotewatch

This is your chance to literally flex on your opponents, as in this game mode emotes are lethal to any enemies around you. Whether you shrug, sit, or dance them to death, this mode is largely about attempting to succeed in style.

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MOBAwatch

Overwatch takes some cues from MOBA’s like League of Legends and DotA in its use of unique heroes with powerful abilities, which differentiate Overwatch from more traditional first-person shooters like Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, and Battlefield.

With the Workshop, however, it’s possible to really lean into this more MOBA-like element to the game by adjusting the point of view, removing the first-person aspect and instead going to a third-person, top-down perspective.

Share code: Unfortunately, the creator hasn’t given a share code at this time.

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With so many epic custom games having been made just within the first 24 hours of the Workshop being on the PTR, the possibilities for when the full player-base gets more time with the feature are very exciting.

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.