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Tracer received powerful new movement ability in Overwatch PTR update

Published: 20/Mar/2020 20:35

by Michael Gwilliam

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While many in the Overwatch community rushed to play the new hero, Echo, a pretty sizable Tracer buff went relatively unnoticed – and it could be a game-changer.

The March 19 PTR update brought a couple of improvements to the training range and an option that makes it easier for Ana to apply Nano Boost to the correct teammate. It also buffed Tracer’s Blink by making it far more reliable- perhaps even more than it needed to be.

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Houston Outlaws DPS Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz showed off the power of this improved Blink by loading up a custom game on Temple of Anubis.

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Tracer players are going to be a nightmare for supports.

As it turned out, even the pro was surprised with what was now possible with Blink, being able to reach high ground locations that wouldn’t be possible on the live version of the game.

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While standing on the bridge where defenders normally set up on Point A, Danteh tried to Blink across to a spot much higher up.

“Okay, this one is somehow a good head above you,” he noted before successfully making it across the gap.

While on Route 66 streets phase, he discovered that it was possible to get to places that would never have been possible before.

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“That’s actually nasty,” he said. “There’s so many OP ones.”

Blizzard stated in the patch notes: “Improved the accuracy of Tracer’s blink movement such that Tracer will more likely end up where the crosshair is pointing.”

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Could these buffs have been added to help Tracer combat Echo?

In additional comments, the developers added: “Tracer cannot blink over an obstacle which she otherwise cannot jump over normally, with the jump originating from Tracer’s height at the start of the blink movement.”

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For Tracer players looking to infiltrate the backline, this Blink buff will make you even more dangerous, now with some advanced vertical maneuvering.

With Tracer’s skill cap already through the roof, this buff should raise it even further and could help make for some insane aerial plays, which could be a good thing considering the newest hero, Echo, will be in the sky often.

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Overwatch Halloween Terror event: Legendary Skins, Challenges, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 19:08

by Brad Norton

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Halloween Terror event has overrun the world of Overwatch with a heap of frightfully difficult Challenges and a ton of extremely spooky Skins.

Ever since the release of Blizzard’s hero shooter in 2016, a few seasonal events have made the return each and every year. Halloween Terror is one such event and it’s now back for its fifth iteration with plenty to see and do.

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As usual, a few maps have been overrun with cobwebs and pumpkins while the Arcade now features Junkenstein’s Revenge yet again. The fan-favorite PvE mode has made its grand return and there’s a reason to return every week throughout the event.

There’s also a ton to unlock this time around with five Legendary Skins up for grabs alongside an assortment of other items. You’ve got from now until November 3 to claim everything on offer. But fear not, we’ve got you covered with a complete rundown of everything you need to know.

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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 Junkenstein’s Revenge

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Junkenstein’s Revenge returns with a few new characters added to the mix

The intense wave-based experience has made its return in 2020 with a few unique twists. Obviously, you can expect to face the same Zomnic forces and battle popular Heroes turned villains, but there’s more to the PvE mode than first meets the eye this time around.

First up, two additional characters have been added to the lineup of mini-bosses. Baptiste and Ashe join the mode as The Renegade and The Outlaw respectively. Expect the difficulty to spike when these two drop into the night version of Eichenwalde.

Moreover, each and every week throughout the Halloween-themed event, this mode will receive unique challenge missions. Some variants will make enemies tougher while others will completely flip the mode on its head. Below is an overview of every challenge mission and when they will come online.

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Week 1: 

  • Vengeful Ghost: A deadly ghost chases players
  • Frenzied Stampede: Zomnics move faster

Week 2:

  • Volatile Zomnics: Zomnics explode near players
  • Three They Were: Only 3 players but they deal more damage

Week 3:

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  • Mystery Swap: Heroes periodically randomized
  • Shocking Surprise: Some enemies spawn Shock-Tires on death
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Your team will be put to the test in these new Challenge Missions.

Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 Weekly Challenges

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The latest batch of Sprays, Player Icons, and Skins are now available.

On top of the PvE-specific challenges for Junkenstein’s Revenge, there are also a bunch of regular weekly tasks for you to complete as well. These can be blitzed through in any of your favorite Arcade modes, a simple Quick Play session, and even Competitive Play too.

From Player Icons and Sprays to Epic Skins, there are three unique unlocks available each week of the event. All you need to do is win some games each week and these items will all be yours. 

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Week 1:

  • Win 3 Games: Fantasma Sombra Player Icon
  • Win 6 Games: Fantasma Sombra Spray
  • Win 9 Games: Fantasma Sombra Epic Skin

Week 2:

  • Win 3 Games: Stone Brigitte Player Icon
  • Win 6 Games: Stone Brigitte Spray
  • Win 9 Games: Stone Brigitte Epic Skin

Week 3:

  • Win 3 Games: Ragdoll Echo Player Icon
  • Win 6 Games: Ragdoll Echo Spray
  • Win 9 Games: Ragdoll Echo Epic Skin
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Three Epic Skins can be yours if you’re able to tally 27 total wins across three weeks.

Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 event Legendary Skins

Last but not least, this year’s event comes boasting a huge assortment of Legendary Skins. Naturally, all of them come with their own spooky charm that’s sure to set you apart on the battlefield.

Sigma’s Flying Dutchman Skin gives him an undead pirate look with glowing green skin. Meanwhile, Winston gets his first Halloween skin as a chilling Werewolf. Each design is completely unique from anything on offer in previous years. You can check them all out below.

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A look at the new Legendary Dai-Tengu Hanzo Skin.
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A look at the new Legendary Flying Dutchman Sigma Skin.
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A look at the new Legendary Werewolf Winston Skin.
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A look at the new Legendary Shin-Ryeong D.Va Skin.
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A look at the new Legendary Karasu-Tengu Genji Skin.

So there you have it, that’s everything there is to know about the latest iteration of the Halloween Terror event in Overwatch. You’ve got until November 3 to get everything before it disappears for good.