Jess Colwill, November 7, 2016

BlizzCon 2016: Overwatch Wrap-Up

There’s so much great Overwatch stuff coming out of BlizzCon this year, it’s a struggle to fit it all in one article!

Sombra

By now you’ve heard that Blizzard has finally announced the elusive hero, Sombra. Some lucky attendees were able to give her a whirl as well, which gives us a good idea of her abilities.

Sombra will be able to use her "Hack" ability to hack into health packs, making them recharge at three times their usual speed. The hack lasts for a minute and is indicated by the purple skull above the health pack. She can also hack players who have been nano-boosted, while won’t cancel the boost but will make them unable to use any of their abilities.

She uses Thermoptic Camo to briefly become invisible. During this time, she’s also super fast, but any damage or using her offensive abilities will make her visible and slow again. Mercy can heal her while she’s invisible, and the beam will only be visible to Mercy, which is a great touch.

Her "Translocator" ability means she can teleport around the map. The beacon stays active for 15 seconds at a time with a 6-second cooldown. The beam can’t be destroyed by enemies and the player can still translocate even if it’s been hacked by an enemy Sombra.

Her ultimate EMP interestingly uses sight rather than distance. When using it, she unleashes the electromagnetic pulse which destroys enemy barriers, shields and hacks all enemies caught in the blast.

This really is the briefest of overviews and there’ll be so much more to learn in the days and weeks to come. Sombra hits the PTR next week. In the meantime, you can watch her animated short “Infiltration” below.

Overwatch League

Confirming what we suspected late last month, Blizzard has announced the Overwatch League. According to CEO Mike Morhaime, the League’s focus will be both long-term stability as well as giving this new generation of players opportunities to establish the kind of professional career associated with traditional sports.

“The Overwatch League represents not only the pinnacle of Overwatch competition, but also a genuine career opportunity for the most skilled Overwatch players. We’re building a league that’s accessible to players and fans, sustainable, and exciting for everyone involved.”

If you’re interested in trying out for the Overwatch League, Blizzard says the best things you can do to increase your chances are to keep distinguishing yourselves in third party events, rank highly in competitive play, and hone your skills in online leagues.

In order to avoid the sorts of conflicts League of Legends players are going through, the teams that make up the Overwatch League will sign contracts that guarantee them a baseline minimum salary as well as benefits.

For more information on the Overwatch League, head to their new website which they promise will be the “feature-rich hub” for the league and will provide stats, player profiles, and all the other interesting minutiae a diehard fan could possibly want.

You can watch the announcement trailer for the Overwatch League below.

Jess Colwill

Jess is a writer and dog-lover from the eastern coast of Australia, who loves playing games (particularly anything by BioWare), listening to metal, baking, and fostering rescue dogs while they wait for new homes. You can find her on Twitter at @notsocryptic.