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What are the best ultimates in Overwatch? – Hero tier list

Published: 10/May/2019 9:57 Updated: 10/May/2019 10:11

by Joe O'Brien

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Boston Uprising’s Jeffrey ‘Blasé’ Tsang has revealed his tier list ranking the power of ultimate abilities in Overwatch.

Ultimate abilities are a massive part of Overwatch – some might even argue their impact can be too big, with the team possessing the greater number or ultimates, or particular key ultimates, having a massive advantage over their opponent.

Blasé’s tier list is based on the ultimate being used by a professional player for the maximum value – effectively the highest possible impact the ability is capable of having – as well as considering them in isolation, rather than for their potential to combo with other abilities.

On the upper end, it’s no surprise to see the two most powerful defensive ultimates, Lúcio’s Sound Barrier and Zenyatta’s Transcendence, in the S Tier. Joining them are Sombra’s EMP, which can leave an entire team essentially defenseless, and Zarya’s Graviton Surge, which allows her team to concentrate their fire and often means a team wipe if enough enemies are caught in it, even without the help of other ultimates.

Sombra is also notable as the highest-ranked damage character. Behind her is Widowmaker in the A tier, whose Infra-sight provides a huge amount of team utility, but the vast majority of the damage heroes fill out the C and D tiers.

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Naturally, this tier list may not hold entirely true at all levels of play. Blasé defines their power under the circumstances of a pro player using the ultimate to maximum effect, but outside of the elite tier of players it’s very possible that some abilities might prove more effective against enemies less capable of defending against them, or less effective in the hands of players less capable of wielding them.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that some ultimates can be far more powerful in particular combinations, and therefore “weak” ultimates can still have enormous impact in the right scenarios. Hanzo’s Dragonstrike, for instance, is often very easy to avoid, but if used alongside a Graviton Surge it can be devastating.

This tier list also assumes the ultimate is used to maximum value, but a large part of Overwatch is trying to bait enemies into using key abilities sub-optimally. This tier list should help give an idea of which ultimates you most want to force enemies into wasting, and also which you need to be most careful about making the most of yourself.

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Widowmaker and Ashe skin concepts take Overwatch fans back in time

Published: 21/Jan/2021 11:52

by Lauren Bergin

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Widowmaker and Ashe are two of Overwatch’s most popular DPS characters. The villainous duo have been given a makeover in a recent skin concept that transports us to their academy days. 

Overwatch’s extensive lore is one of the things that sets it apart from its FPS competitors. Only a thin line in the sand separates the villains from the heroes, making us fall in love with them even more.

This is something we hope to see carry through to the game’s mysterious sequel, Overwatch 2, where fans went wild over the possible reveal trailer for a new character and were just dying to learn about this ominous Asa Yamagami and what the situation is with her husband.

Digging into the lore is exactly what this new skin concept does. Posted on Reddit, the artist has imagined two of the game’s most iconic DPS villains back in their youth in a stunning piece of fan art.

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Widowmaker has become Overwatch’s most iconic villain.

Academy Widowmaker and Ashe skin concepts

Taking a deep dive into the history of the two iconic villains’ past, artist Sparrow has depicted them as the two bad girls that you wouldn’t want to mess with in high school.

Entitled ‘Academy Widowmaker and Ashe,’ both girls are seen donning super cute brown tartan skirts with a pink polo shirt with their respective logos. Widow’s shirt is fastened by an adorable red bow, whereas Ashe on the other hand has a loosely tied tie swishing in the wind.

Importantly, the artist has remembered that the French huntress’ blue tinted skin is a result of her later Talon trauma, and so we get to see Amélie Lacroix before her transformation into the navy skinned menace that she’s become.

Ashe is also shown wearing her iconic cowboy hat, with her trusty shotgun remodelled to look a little more antique slung over her shoulder. It harkens back to a time when her hair was a lot longer too, giving the artwork a real historical dimension.

Academy Widowmaker and Ashe… rendered in Cycles from r/Overwatch

Fans react

Not only are fans obsessed with the high quality rendering of u/Sparrow_21‘s amazing art, but they’re loving this skin concept too.

One fan commented on artist’s “interesting” choice of giving Ashe longer hair, calling it a pretty “casual-looking Ashe skin compared to those in game.”

Another writes that the concept is “wonderfully done,” commending the lighting, poses and clothing used to create the look.

So it’s safe to say that fans would love to see a skin like this in game. They’re somewhat reminiscent of Riot Game’s academy line that appears in League of Legends, but Blizzard has never experimented with this kind of idea. Maybe these could line up with an Academy event, who knows? We’ve certainly got our fingers crossed either way!