Friday, December 23, 2016

Sombra Article - Author: Michael

Wow! Another Overwatch article! So here we are, Overwatch got another game-breaking update. The whole system of Overwatch has changed. There are new modes added to the game, along with new maps. How could we forget about the main focus of this update!? There’s  Overwatch’s second new character! Let’s dive right into it.

Let’s start with the new mode. Blizzard has made Quickplay to be more of a practice mode, for competitive. That means it now has a one-hero limit. This has disappointed some people, and I’m not sure how to feel about it. To compensate for this, Blizzard added a whole new game mode, Arcade! In arcade there is a plethora of different games to play from. It’s truly an arcade! I’ll walk you through it. First off, there’s a mystery 1v1 mode. You’re queued with one other person and you have to beat them in a best out of three! The heroes are chosen randomly and you have to beat a person with the same hero they’re using. There’s also elimination. If you know Trials of Osiris from Destiny, it’s like that. It’s a 3v3 mode with one life, whoever wins is who gets to five wins. There’s no limits mode, which is the old quickplay. Finally there’s all brawls, which is a combination of a few of the weekly brawls.

There’s a new map! Exclusive for the arcade mode it’s Ecopoint Antarctica. This map is Mei’s home where she came from. It’s a fairly small map, hence why it’s only in arcade. There’s also a new map coming soon, called Oasis. It has a new mechanic that no other map has, JUMP PADS! So yeah that’s that!

Now what all the hype is about! The new character! Finally after about 5 months of speculation, and an ARG, it’s Sombra! She was announced at BlizzCon and her abilities may seem overpowered! Her primary is an smg with a high magazine size, but the spread of the bullets is severe. She can “hack” people and health packs, as well as Torbjorn’s turrets. When hacking someone, they can’t use any of their abilities; Torbjorn’s turret shuts down and it can be destroyed. The special thing, is when hacking a health pack it respawns quicker than a normal healthpack. Next she has the translocator. This lets her throw a beacon, and at any time within 15 seconds of the throw, she can teleport to it! This lets Sombra get into places other people can’t get into. After that, she can go invisible! She moves faster, and is invisible unless you are very close to her. Any ability that Sombra uses though, will interrupt the invisibility. Finally, her ultimate! She uses her EMP, which hacks everyone in the radius, and all shields will be destroyed(Zenyatta, Zarya, Symmetra)!

After playing Sombra, and seeing her in competitive matches, Sombra is definitely a game changer! She could use a few buffs however, for example the spray of her gun. Sombra isn’t used much in competitive, and there’s good argument for that. Overall, Blizzard’s gotten us hyped for whatever comes next!

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