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Zenyatta Iris Challenge, ‘Human’ skin and more leaked – but is it real?

Published: 20/Nov/2019 21:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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New Overwatch challenges, short stories and even skins appear to have been leaked – but many users are wondering if these leaks are the real deal.

On November 20, Twitter user “Kompae” posted several screenshots indicating that Brigitte and Zenyatta lore was coming in addition to brand new challenge events. Challenge events normally require the player to win nine matches to unlock special limited-time sprays and skins for a specific hero.

The leak suggested that a mini-event called “Zenyatta’s Iris Challenge” would be coming in June 2020, while “Briggitte’s Helmet Heart Challenge” would be coming in February 2020.

Of note, the screengrab spelled Brigitte’s name incorrectly.

Additional info in another screenshot for the Zenyatta challenge indicated that it would come with a short story by Lead Story Writer Michael Chu. In November, Blizzard released a short story by Chu prior to announcing Mercy’s Recall Challenge, so this does match up with what the company has done in the past.

The leaked info also states that there will be seven “community collaboration” sprays and a legendary “human” Zenyatta skin.

Of all the Overwatch heroes, Zenyatta is one of the most mysterious. Many fans have been asking for Zen lore for some time, so if the leaks are real, this would please a lot of players.

Are the leaks real?

The misspelling of Brigitte certainly suggests the leaks could be faked. So far, every special challenge event has included a canon skin for the hero the event is built around, such as the Dr. Ziegler Mercy skin.

While a ‘human’ Zenyatta skin sounds interesting, it’s questionable how it would actually fit into Overwatch’s lore.

However, Blizzard has been doing a lot more of these challenges instead of adding new major events. Jeff Kaplan himself did indicate that there would not be a new Archives mission in 2020 as the team was working hard on Overwatch 2, so these new skins and stories could be designed to fill the content gap until it’s released.

Overwatch LeagueZenyatta is no stranger to special skins.

Whatever the case, Overwatch has been prone to many leaks over the years, and this could be the latest of many.

Sadly, we’re going to have to wait until at least February to see if the leaks were real.

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Insane Overwatch movement trick lets heroes escape death when dived

Published: 21/Jan/2021 21:12

by Michael Gwilliam

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Being a support hero without a traditional movement ability in Overwatch can be a nightmare whenever dive tanks reign supreme. Luckily, there is a trick that anyone can perform to get out of trouble and avoid death if you have the skills to pull it off.

Heroes such as Ana and Zenyatta are extremely vulnerable to being swarmed by enemy teams and overwhelmed. Due to their low mobility and health pools, positioning has to be key.

Still, that doesn’t mean that positioning can guarantee your survival, especially when you get dived by tanks. Making use of a little-known trick, however, can help even the odds and even make the enemy waste valuable cooldowns.

Boston Uprising support Sang-min ‘Myunb0ng’ Seo showcased this unorthodox movement technique for Ana in a ranked game on Dorado.

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While defending the first point high ground, the player got dove on by an enemy Winston. Instead of panicking and probably losing his life, the pro recognized where the monkey would be landing, walked to the edge of the high ground and jumped.

Normally, this would have just sent Ana to the ground below where she would have just been eliminated anyway, but Myunb0ng was able to use the enemy Winston’s momentum against him and get to the other side of the high ground area.

In general, a trick against a Winston leaping at you is to move away from them so you get knocked back more and out of their Tesla Cannon range. The closer you are to the Winston, however, the less knockback there is.

So, by going to the ledge and jumping at the same time the Winston used his Jump Pack, Myunb0ng was able to travel to safety.

By the same token, while this trick applies to supports or other heroes, Winston mains should take into account where they land when diving a target just so they don’t end up inadvertently helping the enemy they’re trying to take down.

Next time you’re in a ranked match, be sure to remember this trick and it could end up saving your life.