Sep 8 2016 - 3:54 pm

The most hilariously weird Plays of the Game in Overwatch

The Play of the Game mechanic is one of the best things about Overwatch
Luke Winkie
Dot Esports

The Play of the Game mechanic is one of the best things about Overwatch. Sure, some of them are boring, but at its best it synthesizes a crucial moment in the match and holds up a certain player as a spotlight MVP. That’s fun, and more games should do it. The more we dress up esports with conventional broadcasting tropes, the more they can translate to general audiences.

The Play of the Game, however, can also capture certain Overwatch characters in some strange, dumb, or otherwise unique situations. These are my favorite, because reveal all the weird random nonsense that happens in multiplayer games in some unflattering ways. Below, we’ve gathered some uncomplimentary Plays of the Game from each selectable character. Yeah that’s right, we were even able to dig up an Ana highlight. Thank us later.


This is a perfect example of the fun and interactive gameplay Torbjorn offers. Seriously, can we please stop building turret-oriented characters in first-person shooters? Please?


Pro Widowmaker strat: Get everyone on the other team to stand in a straight line.


I like to imagine Mei was trying to pull a sick play and block McCree’s ultimate with her ice wall, immediately realized her mistake, and uninstalled the game forever.


Does it still count as spawn camping if it happens, like, before the game even starts? For a pacifist hippy robot, Bastion sure is a bully.


This is a sick play, but I mostly like it because it’s good to watch Hanzo fall off a cliff over and over again.


Reinhardt wanted Pharah to get that Play of the Game so bad he jumped off a cliff in front of her rocket to secure it. That’s a true team player.


A teabag and an out-of-nowhere Death Blossom? This Reaper Play of the Game absolutely embodies the emotional maturity of your average Reaper main.


I feel like there’s a Bible story about this somewhere.


Who says Reinhardt doesn’t have mobility?


80 percent hero damage and a single frag. Hell yes. Who says playing support is boring?


For a super cool easygoing DJ, Lucio does tend to drop a lot of people to their doom. “Let’s break it down! And by down I mean the bottom of this pit. Sorry!”


Junkrat is listed as a “defensive” hero, because sometimes his best moments come from dying in a very convenient place.


Roadhogg unloading his entire ultimate into a chill-as-hell Zenyatta kinda sums up his whole brand, doesn’t it?


Zarya is seriously like flypaper for noobs.

Soldier: 76

You actually couldn’t tell the difference, could you?


If footage of Mei using her ultimate and subsequently getting five super-casual headshots doesn’t infuriate you, you probably haven’t played enough Overwatch.


Sometimes all you need to turn a terrible ultimate into a clutch team-wipe is a really, really bad Roadhogg.


People make jokes about Bastion Play of the Games consisting of a guy holding down one button. But he ain’t got nothing on Symmetra. This Play of the Game is exactly the same as something Bastion would do, except in slow-motion.


Apparently sometimes all you need to get Play of the Game as Winston is some great hustle.


That’s right, the Overwatch kids have figured out the perfect angle to maximize Tracer’s butt potential during emotes. I wonder how much Blizzard regrets turning the face of the franchise’s posterior into a meme.


One percent of Genji players are legit game-changing forces who are absolutely integral to a competitive team. The other 99 percent rely on dumb luck. At least that dumb luck can be spectacular sometimes, right?


Honestly it’s kind of impossible to get Play of the Game with Ana, except if you’re this guy and have a brief moment of obscene sickness with the double-kill and the Reinhardt stun. Hats off to you, my man.
Jan 23 2017 - 7:43 pm

This creator made a Tracer pistol that shoots lasers

Set things on fire with Tracer's laser shooting pulse pistol.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Photo via Patrick Priebe

YouTube creator Patrick Priebe may have made a recreation of Overwatch hero Tracer's pulse pistol that's even more awesome than her in-game weapon—Priebe's version shoots lasers.

Priebe is a prop builder with an affinity for lasers, creating custom builds and uploading videos of them to his popular YouTube channel. Many of his builds are created for clients, but the Tracer pistol is a personal project he's been putting together for a while. "It's one of those long-time projects that I've tinkered on here and there, whenever I found the time, basically," Priebe told Dot Esports.

The laser shooting from the pistol is fully functional and pretty dangerous. Priebe demonstrates by setting a bunch of different things on fire in the video—including the Overwatch logo.

"It's dangerous indeed," he said. "Hit an eye and you are instantly blinded for life. Even one percent of the beam can get that done. Even a reflection would be harmful."

He's got no current plans to make another incredibly dangerous Overwatch weapon, but will if enough fans ask for it. "People in the comments of the video are already begging for more," Priebe added. "I said I will make another if the video gets enough hits. The revenue will make sure I can afford another one. I don't get any support, financially or material, so I have to buy everything myself, design parts, make it work, disassemble, spray paint, reassemble, test, make the video... every time, all alone."

So far, Zarya's cannon or Widowmaker's sniper rifle are the most likely choices for Priebe's potential next Overwatch build.

Jan 23 2017 - 4:23 pm

Overwatch Year of the Rooster event details leak ahead of official release

We're getting a bunch of new skins and possibly a new brawl mode.
Nicole Carpenter
Dot Esports
Image via Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment's Overwatch Lunar New Year event looks like it's going to bring a ton of new content to the game.

A new video leaked on Chinese blogging site Weibo shows a ton of new skins and a potential new brawl mode. Skins on display in the leaked video include traditional garb for Mei and Symmetra, a gold and red skin for Mercy, with Journey to the West–styled skins for Winston, Zenyatta, Reinhardt, and Roadhog. Symmetra also appears to have a new highlight intro, with Tracer perhaps representing a new capture-the-flag style brawl mode.

Leaked image via Reddit

And that still doesn't include the traditional Korean dress D.Va was pictured in through a tweet sent out by Blizzard last week. Mei's traditional outfit was also pictured last week in a different tweet announcing the Year of the Rooster event. Blizzard, however, has not confirmed that any of these will show up in the event, though their inclusion in their official tweets is a pretty good indication that they will be.

Blizzard confirmed to Polygon last week that Year of the Rooster would rival earlier events Halloween Terror and Winter Wonderland in scope, though details beyond that have been sparse. Tracer's cameo in the leaked Overwatch video is likely a hint toward a new capture-the-flag style brawl, as she's shown grabbing a flag from an objective point.

We don't have too long to wait until the contents of the Year of the Rooster event are confirmed. The event launches tomorrow in Overwatch.

H/T Reddit