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Who is Maximilien? Mission target confirmed for Overwatch Storm Rising event

Published: 10/Apr/2019 8:31 Updated: 10/Apr/2019 8:44

by Joe O'Brien

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The 2019 edition of the Overwatch Archives event, Storm Rising, looks set to focus on the mysterious omnic Maximilien, one of the high-ranking members of the terrorist organization Talon.

Storm Rising is the third iteration of the Archives in-game event, and promises to deliver another chapter in the Overwatch story along with some new PvE content for players to take on.

The April 9 teaser for the event confirms that the new mission will focus on Maximilien, who has so far been one of the more unexplored members of the shadowy organization that is Talon. In Storm Rising, players will finally meet Maximilien in-game.

Ahead of the arrival of Storm Rising on April 16, here’s a look at everything we already know about Maximilien, and what the mission surrounding him might entail.

Who is Maximilien?

Maximilien first appeared in the “Masquerade” comic of July 2017, which showed Doomfist’s escape from prison and return to a position of leadership within Talon. Upon securing his freedom, Maximilien was one of the first people Doomfist met with, travelling to his casino in Monte Carlo to discuss the omnic’s loyalties.

During their discussion, Maximilien confirmed he shared Doomfist’s goal of inciting a new war between humans and omnics, but warned him that not all within Talon would be pleased with Doomfist’s return. Maximilien is subsequently seen at a meeting of high-ranking Talon members in Venice.  

Maximilien has not frequently reappeared since his first reveal in Masquerade, however. He is seen briefly in what looks like a Talon planning meeting in Moira’s origin story video, alongside Moira herself, Doomfist, Reaper, and one other character believed to be Sanjay Korpal.

It was also later revealed by the Retribution event that Maximilien’s ascent to a position of leadership, like Doomfist’s himself, came directly in the wake of the death of Antonio at the hands of Gabriel Reyes.

Details on exactly what his role in Talon consists of remained a mystery, however, but thanks to the second teaser for Storm Rising, at least one function he performs has been revealed. According to Sojourn, Maximilien is Doomfist’s accountant.

What will Storm Rising mean for Maximilien?

While exact details of the Storm Rising mission haven’t yet been announced, it seems certain that it will involve an Overwatch Strike Team attempting to capture Maximilien in Havana.

The second event teaser reveals that Overwatch is looking to target Maximilien after failing to apprehend Doomfist, and the team sent after him will consist of Tracer, Mercy, Winston, and Genji.

It looks like there could be further complications, however, as one of the leaked achievements for the event, titled “Freelancers”, shows off an additional group of four heroes, featuring McCree, Baptiste, Bastion, and Ashe. It’s possible this group could also have a role to play in the story of Storm Rising.

Exactly how the mission plays out remains to be seen – after all, the premise for Retribution was also that Antonio should be captured, but when the time came Reyes actually assassinated him and the Blackwatch team were forced to fight their way out.

Gaming

Crafty Overwatch spot can give you the drop on Lijiang Tower

Published: 30/Nov/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney

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A new perch where Overwatch players can hang out has been discovered on Lijiang Tower’s Night Market stage, and it’s somewhere the enemy team will never think to look.

There are plenty of out the way and unexpected spots you can post up on in Overwatch, and the stages of Lijiang Tower contain a good number of them.

With plenty of roofs, walkways, nooks, and crannies, there are plenty of places to lay in wait for unsuspecting enemies, but this one discovered by Reddit user InfamousHandy on a whole other level.

Overwatch Lijang Tower Night market spot ( IDK if this spot was shown before) from Overwatch

In the area just outside the spawn room, there’s a building to the right (or left depending on which side you’re on) that’s covered in dark awnings. As you can see, with an ability like Reaper’s Shadowstep it’s actually possible to get up there and chill as long as you like.

If you can get up to this spot on the enemy side with your ult without being seen or destroyed, you have a chance to drop down and score some eliminations while the other team is still regrouping.

It’s not just Reaper who can reach it either, Echo, Pharah, and Lucio also can on their own, and any hero can as well with the help of Symmetra’s Teleporter. Just imagine what it would be like to get a Bastion up there.

The only downside is that to have any chance in a regular match of getting kills with this, you will most likely have to make your way to the enemy side of the map, which can be a challenge all on its own sometimes.

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Side corridors are your friend for sneaking around on Night Market, shown here, ironically, during the day.

To increase your chances of making it across undetected, we’d suggest using the side corridors, if you lack a movement ability that lets you avoid the ground altogether, like Lucio.

With the Lunar New Year event coming right up after Winter Wonderland though, this strat might be worth keeping in your back pocket for those special Capture the Flag modes.