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Rumor: Blizzard may be prepping a secret hero for Overwatch launch

Recent clues have been pointing to the inclusion of another hero launching alongside 21 others next week. 


What would be better than Blizzard launching Overwatch next Tuesday with 21 heroes to choose from? How about 22?

Over the past few weeks, clues have pointed to the presence of another hero fighting alongside the nearly two dozen others Blizzard has prepared for the game's release next Tuesday, May 24—but not just any hero. Her name is Sombra, and she's a sniper if scuttlebutt found on NeoGaf can be believed.

"A French theater chain put out a teaser image claiming that a new hero would be unveiled," wrote user 'Nirolak.' The theater then backpedaled, claiming the tease was a typo. Nirolak isn't so sure, and presents a compelling case. He points out that Blizzard has confirmed that it's working on two new heroes, and is putting together a short film starring Soldier 76 and set in Dorado.

"This gives us our first clue," Nirolak wrote. "Way back in November, people noticed that there's a table in Dorado with files for Soldier 76/Jack Morrison and Sombra. Given Soldier 76 is Jack Morrison, this only leaves the mysterious Sombra file, which would fit with a Soldier 76 vs. Sombra animated short."

The long and short of the rumor is this: Sombra definitely exists. GameSpot noticed her in the character select screen when editors from the site traveled to Blizzard to shoot a making-of documentary on Overwatch's production. The question is, will she be ready at launch?

At the rate Blizzard faithful on the Internet get to the bottom of rumors, we'll probably know for sure before Overwatch releases digitally on May 24 (users interested in buying the game on disc can get copies a day early, but only to get through preloading; servers don't go live until Tuesday).

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    May 20, 2016 11:50 AM

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      May 20, 2016 11:51 AM

      A new hero announcement is reasonably plausible. There's no evidence whatsoever that it will be added on launch day though. I see no reason for them to risk that.

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      May 20, 2016 12:22 PM

      Fwiw, overwatch Twitter said no new heroes at launch.

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      May 20, 2016 1:29 PM

      Nah, not happening. There's no incentive for them to include a new hero at launch when they could release one a few weeks after launch to top up their hype levels and cement the idea of supporting the game.

      I could see a Symmetra rework or something being included at launch, though.

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        May 20, 2016 7:22 PM

        Why does symmetra need a rework? She only does light healing, instant reinforcements, remote dmg, area control and close range aimbotting.

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          May 20, 2016 7:29 PM

          I played several matches as her and never could do well. I know she CAN be good as I've seen others play her well. Just not my style I guess.

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            May 20, 2016 7:40 PM

            Likewise. Especially I don't understand how to place turrets that matter- I never felt much threat playing against her, and I sure wasn't doing anything playing her.

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              May 20, 2016 7:52 PM

              Cluster them together around blind corners. Their damage and slow stacks, so three together will seriously wreck someone. If you're in the room with them then your main gun will absolutely melt them.

              Being aggressive in small rooms and around corners is good. She beats most heroes in a close range 1v1 (McCree and Mei are clear winners there). She hard counters Genjis and Tracers who can't manage their blink charges.

              Her alternate fire is fantastic against Reinhardt pushes and stationary heroes like Bastion. Spam fully charged orbs down tight areas and corridors, you'll be surprised how much you hit.

              A teleporter is a MASSIVE advantage to your team. A good team will be forced to run Tracers, D Vas, and other fast flanking heroes to hunt down the tele. Its annoying, but in the best circumstances it means that the enemy will be down a person in fights around the objective.

              She takes a little getting hang of and she is the most map area dependent hero in the game (she's also TIME dependent since she relies on time to set up her turrets), but her impact when played well is huge. Even though she can go HAM with her gun, her main benefit is the sum of lots of intangibles. Seconds you slow the enemy or speed up your allies from the spawn, etc

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            May 20, 2016 7:40 PM

            She's had the highest win rate since before closed beta. Time is the most valuable resource in the game and she both slows down the enemy and speeds up the return of dead allies at the same time.

            A rework of her E ability would be welcome, not because she's too weak or too strong, but because its nerfing did nothing to reduce her effectiveness while still being boring to use.

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          May 20, 2016 9:57 PM

          If they take her back to the drawing board, I'd really like her to be a portal hero. Her gun already looks like the portal gun. Just go all the way. Plus her turrets sort of look like the portal turrets.

          Have some new support be the shields support

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      May 20, 2016 3:02 PM

      Reddit totally blows up a small thing, as per usual

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      May 20, 2016 3:49 PM

      finchypoo took a bunch of screenshots from the cinematic trailer that show agent IDs for heroes that aren't released yet

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      May 20, 2016 6:07 PM

      Abby confirmed.

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      May 20, 2016 7:51 PM


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      May 20, 2016 8:09 PM

      Day 1 DLC, fuck that shit.

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      May 20, 2016 8:38 PM


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