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Weird Overwatch spot makes Zarya’s ultimate vanish on King’s Row

Published: 9/Sep/2020 21:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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Zarya’s Graviton Surge can be one of Overwatch’s most impactful ultimates, but using it at the wrong spot on King’s Row can prove to be completely wasteful.

Graviton Surge deals some damage over time and locks enemies caught in its radius in place for a short span, leaving them vulnerable to attack.

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It can be one of the best team-wipe ultimates when combined with a Hanzo Dragon Strike, Tracer Pulse Bomb, or other ability.

On King’s Row in particular, where teams often run Reinhardt, Zarya helps immensely as she pairs extremely well with the German tank hero.

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Zarya players should be careful on King’s Row.

That all said, it’s important to be careful in the event you try to use the ultimate on the last bend of King’s Row on Point C.

As Twitch streamer Tommathan discovered, Point C has some small gaps just big enough for projectiles to fall off, but not heroes themselves.

The portion of the map is incredibly narrow, so many players may not even be aware that it’s possible for Zarya to fire her ultimate through the map.

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Considering how expensive Zarya’s ultimate is, the fact it can be accidentally thrown away like this is quite troubling and not something that Blizzard can easily fix as it’s a map design issue, not a bug or glitch.

Next time you’re playing Zarya on King’s Row, it would be best to consider there’s a possibility that your ultimate could go through the map and be wasted in this exact spot.

While the chances of it happening could be slim, it’s still something to keep in mind and act accordingly – especially as holding this bend on Point C can be the difference between victory and defeat.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.