Blizzcon 2016: Sombra officially revealed for Overwatch, gets awesome cinematic trailer

Kenneth Drake
November 5, 2016

After months and months of ARG teasing, Overwatch's Sombra hero has finally been revealed.

She will be playable on the PTS next week along with a new arctic map, Ecopoint: Antarctica, which is designed around 1v1 and 3v3 in a playable Arcade mode. Fittingly enough, the character is a hacker who fits in with an offensive playstyle that can disrupt the opposing team with her stealth movement and the ability to hack enemies. She grew up an orphan following the Omnic Crisis within the game's storyline and specializes in hit and run tactics.

Sombra's fully-automatic machine pistol fires in a short-range spread. Her main weapon will be a machine pistol, while her Hack ability allows her to prevent opponents from using their own abilities for a short period of time.

Sombra tosses out a translocator beacon. Sombra can teleport to the beacon even while it is in mid-flight. Finally, Sombra's Ultimate is EMP, which disables any enemy shield and abilities in a wide area around the character.

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We won't have to wait long until we get our hands on Sombra as Blizzard announced she'll be available to play next week via Overwatch's PTR. She was formerly affiliated with Talon, Los Muertos. Arcade mode will allow for up to three loot boxes to be earned per week (on top of any boxes earned through normal xp progression). The aptly named Overwatch League will be structured around teams located in major global cities, all with contracted sets of players.

The Championship Run: During epic live events, the very best Overwatch teams compete to become legends as the first-ever Overwatch League world champions. These players will be given a contract, where much like other sports such as football or soccer, they will have benefits and salaries.

As part of the epic two-day Blizzard Convention, President Mike Morhaime announced the upcoming innovative Overwatch League.

The Overwatch League also marks another key move in Activision Blizzard's plan to stake a claim in the rising eSports business. This builds towards the championship later in the year, presumably at Blizzcon 2017. Given that this single-character limit is now a big distinguishing factor between the game's Competitive and Quick Play modes, this new change may not be entirely welcome to those players who simply want a casual lighthearted game as opposed to the more intense skill ranking-based games found in Competitive Play.