Hello guys! Our Overwatch boost team continues their series of hero previews today talking about Widowmaker. As you all know, since Blizzard decided not to release any Overwatch beta keys, it’s hard for many of you to have detailed informations about the heroes and the general Overwatch gameplay. That’s why we are providing these articles about our favourite heroes while we wait for the official Overwatch release date. Be sure to check our incoming Overwatch tier list to see how your favourite heroes are placed during the Overwatch Beta!
Name: Amélie Lacroix
Location: Annecy, France
Catch Phrase: “One shot, one kill.”
The perfect assassin, Widowmaker has kept her past as much a mystery as her current location. The common conclusion about who she was before she became Widowmaker is Amélie Lecroix, wife to Gérard Lecroix, an Overwatch agent tasked with developing the operations to take down Talon, a terrorist organization. After several unsuccessful attempts on Gérard’s life, Talon focused on Amélie, his wife. Talon kidnapped her and subjected her to intense neural reprogramming. Once they broke her will they numbed her personality, shaped her mind until she was the perfect sleeper agent. Two weeks after she was found by Overwatch, she killed her husband in his sleep and returned to Talon to complete her training, becoming their most effective assassin to date.
Widow’s Kiss: the Widowmaker’s main weapon is a sniper rifle; however her weapon is able to change stance to fight in medium-short range.. Unlike the typical sniper, she can fight in melee range thanks to this ability, since her rifle can switch in automatic mode.
Grappling Hook:12 seconds cd. Widowmaker fires an hook at a target location. As soon as the hook connects with an objective or an enemy, she is pulled to the location. This spell can make our sniper pretty mobile and allows her to make both offensive and defensive plays.
Widow Mine:Widowmaker casts a venomous trap to the ground. If an enemy walks too close to the mine, it will explode, releasing a poisonous cloud that deals area of effect damage
Infra-Sight:This is Widowmaker’s signature abilities. Upon activation, this spell grants her and her whole team vision through walls and objects, making her great at chasing enemies and hunting down heroes that are trying to hide.
-High burst damage
-Good utility for her team thanks to Infra Sight
-Not really useful in team fights, she shines only in small skirmishes, chases and in picking enemies out of position.
-Low firing rate, as every sniper.
-Her damage is only single target.
The perfect hero to support Widowmaker is Symmetra. She can use her sentries to protect our sniper as she picks off targets from long range, keeping her safe from potential flanks. Since Symmetra can place six sentries, she can offer perfect cover to Widowmaker.
In general every tank has good synergy with Widowmaker, as her damage is so high that she just needs protection from the enemies while she snipes from safety.
Winston is probably Widowmaker’s worst nightmare. His shield will totally neutralize her ability to snipe enemies from long distance, and he can just destroy her if she reveals herself. The automatic mode of the sniper rifle can’t really defend Widowmaker from our favourite monkey. She is pretty easy to burst down in melee range, and that’s the reason why she doesn’t really dominate the Overwatch tier lists.
Tips and Tricks
Use your hook to reach safe spots for sniping your targets
Don’t group with your teams: Widowmaker is a poor team fighter and should focus on picking enemies out of position
Following on the previous tip, don’t camp one spot, but move after a few shots. She has great mobility, take advantage of that!
Your priority targets are squishies, mainly carries and supports.
How To Counter:
Tanks and heroes with shields in general can neutralize her power
For specific hero, Winston and Reinhardt can make her feel useless
Despite her Widow’s kiss, she is still vulnerable in melee range, so heroes with gap closers are great versus her.
This ends our review! Our Overwatch boost team reminds you again, for your safety, that the only way to get into the Overwatch beta is to get an official Overwatch beta invite from Blizzard: don’t buy any “keys” or you will get scammed!
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