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Weird Overwatch “bug” lets Zarya redirect Hanzo’s ultimate

Published: 28/Jun/2020 23:42

by Bill Cooney


A bizarre Overwatch interaction between Zarya and Hanzo’s Dragonstrike ultimate has players scratching their heads and for good reason, as it’s one of the strangest we’ve ever seen.

When it comes to Hanzo’s ultimate ability Dragon Strike, only a few heroes are able to deflect or absorb it completely – D.Va, Sigma, and of course, Genji. Zarya isn’t included in this list, but a new clip appears to show her changing the direction of the ultimate as well.


In the clip, Reddit user and Hanzo main wikibroyo went for the classic “shoot Dragonstrike through the wall at the enemy on the payload” play, but instead, his dragons decided to come back towards him.

At first, it seems like a Genji deflect but if it were the cyborg ninja, the dragons would have turned red and damaged Hanzo’s team, instead they stayed blue and passed through doing absolutely nothing.


When the dragons have a better idea. from r/Overwatch

A user in the comments claimed that “it’s most likely a glitch with a Zarya bubble deflecting [Dragonstrike] which has been in the game for ages but happens very rarely.”

But other users disagreed, saying it was not a bug or glitch, just a very rare interaction between Hanzo’s ult and Zarya’s bubble that most players never see.

“It’s not a bug, it’s the arrow getting stuck in the bubble and Zarya turning around, releasing the dragons after the arrow expires,” they explained, which does make sense if Zarya was close enough to block the initial arrow before the dragons are summoned.

There’s a very short delay when Hanzo activates ultimate to when the dragons appear, and the arrow can be deflected/absorbed.

So we might be able to add Zarya to the list of heroes that can negate Dragonstrike in some way, but considering that the timing of both Dragonstrike and bubble have to be pretty much perfectly in-synch, it’s still incredibly rare.

That doesn’t change the fact that it seems to be an intentional interaction by Blizzard, but we wouldn’t rely on it to effectively counter Hanzo. Instead, you should just stick with D.Va and Sigma for that.


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
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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
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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.