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xQc mocks Overwatch stream-sniping hacker “you had one job”

Published: 10/Apr/2019 12:57 Updated: 10/Apr/2019 13:38

by Joe O'Brien

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Popular streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel encountered a persistent stream-sniper in Overwatch that was hacking and otherwise disrupting his games, but managed to outsmart them.

xQc was playing a ranked Overwatch game on Busan when he and his teammates noticed something suspicious about a player on the other team.

The player, who was using Widowmaker, seemed unrealistically accurate in hitting headshots, even by the standards of the extremely high ranking that xQc plays in. A series of perfect headshots to clean up almost all of xQc’s team appeared to confirm the suspicion that they were hacking.

After losing the game on Busan, xQc queued up again, only to find that the player was once again on the opposite team. This time, the rest of the players in the lobby agreed to a draw, but it nevertheless made for wasted time for all involved.

Unfortunately, xQc really couldn’t catch a break, as the following game on Numbani not only had the hacker on his own team, but another known stream-sniper on the other team.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentxQc is a former professional Overwatch player, but these days his in-game skill takes a back seat to his career as an entertainer.

xQc’s stream-sniping teammate then proceeded to shout racial slurs over voice chat, demand money to stop queueing, and attempted to block xQc into spawn with Mei.

By the end of the third disrupted game in a row, xQc had evidently had enough, announcing that he wasn’t going to continue playing and switching to watching Twitch and YouTube clips.

It turned out, however, that this was simply a cunning ruse – xQc had been searching for an Overwatch game in the background the entire time.

This misdirection proved successful, and xQc was able to avoid the stream-snipers in the following game. Naturally, xQc celebrated this victory in typical fashion, directly berating the players that he knew had been watching his stream.

Can streamers do anything about stream snipers?

In Overwatch, stream-snipers are able to chase streamers by watching the broadcast and then joining the matchmaking queue at the same time, making it quite likely that they end up in the same game, especially at the less populated high ranks.

While in this instance xQc was able to report the player for hacking via the in-game report system – which will hopefully result in their account being banned – unfortunately there is little that can be done about stream-snipers who otherwise play within the game’s rules, refraining from overt breaches like hacking or blatant game disruption.

While it’s possible to make it much harder for would-be stream snipers to end up in the same game by applying a stream delay, this route isn’t particularly viable for streamers like xQc, whose primary product is entertainment and real-time interaction with fans.

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Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.