LOOT 11 : Widowmaker



  • WoW Tokens can now be used to buy Overwatch loot boxes
  • Activision Blizzard releases quarterly results
    • 2016 highest average Monthly Active users at 36 million (up 37%)
    • The last quarter it rose to 41 million
    • More than 60% of revenues come from franchises other than WoW. 20% came from consoles.
    • WoW subscribers grew by 10% in 2016, 20% in the last months of 2016.
  • New update from Jeff Kaplan with a ton of upcoming changes and additions
    • New Feature: Server Browser
      • Create your own unique Overwatch experience and share with friends or the world.
        • You can adjust just about everything. For example, increase projectile speeds, remove the cooldown from abilities even disable abilities like Ultimates. You can also change the speed of the payload!
    • New Mode: Capture the Flag
      • Capture the Rooster was so successful, that they decided to make it a permanent addition in the Arcade. Not only that, they added more maps. You can now play it on 12 maps total.  (Nepal, Lijang Tower, Ilios and Oasis).
    • Hero Updates
      • Ana, Mercy, Sombra, Widowmaker, Zarya and Zenyatta
        • Allows players to adjust sensitivity to targeting (beam, hack, grappling hook, etc)
      • Torbjorn
        • Rivet gun ammo is now loaded earlier in the reload animation.
      • Mei
        • Mei can now be targeted by allies while in Cryo-Freeze
      • D.Va
        • Defense Matrix – projectiles no longer need to travel a minimum distance before they can be blocked.
      • Mercy
        • Resurrect – Mercy is now temporarily invulnerable with the allies she’s resurrecting.
      • Bastion
        • Sentry
          • Deployment time decreased from 1.5 to 1.0 seconds
          • Bullet spread increased by 50%
          • Bullet spread always at max instead of increasing as the weapon is fired.
          • Magazine size increased from 200 to 300
          • Headshot multiplier removed
          • No longer deals critical damage
        • Recon
          • Bullet spread decreased by 25%
          • Magazine size increased from 20 to 25
        • Self-Repair
          • Can now be used while moving
          • Now bound to secondary fire (Right click)
          • No longer interrupted by taking damage
          • A new resource meter added that depletes while being used and recharges when not used, like D.Va’s shield.
        • Tank
          • No longer grants bonus armor
        • New Passive: Ironclad
          • Takes 35% less damage while in Sentry or Tank mode.
      • Map changes
        • Eichenwald
          • The second gate no longer closes after the payload passes through the castle doors. Some rubble partially blocks it instead.


Getting Better


  • Ability rundown
  1. Widow’s kiss
    1. Hold right click to scope and left to snipe (the longer you hold right click the damage goes up)
    2. Left click short range assault rifle
      1. Good for short range, not ideal in most situations unless they are almost dead
  1. Grappling Hook (12 second cooldown)
    1. Left shift sends out a hook that pulls you to a ledge. No cooldown if you miss your hook
      1. This helps you hop up to places most other heroes can’t get to.  Can leave you vulnerable to other snipers
      2. Also good for escaping attack at times
  2. Venom Mine
    1. Launch a poison mine by hitting E
      1. Great way to finish off enemies
      2. Useful for recon
  3. Infra-sight
    1. Provide team with a view of your enemies even through walls (aka wall hacks)
    2. Great for finding the other sniper to know when they are stepping out to shoot you
  • How to get better with Widow?
  1. Know your maps
  2. Practice practice practice (not on ai, on quick play)
  3. Know your hiding spots
  4. Know your escape routes. Run away with grappling hook when cornered by tanks.
  5. Try to snipe your healers and squishy heroes first (some of us are offended by the term “squishy” v_v ) haha
  6. Move around from hiding spot to hiding spot. If you stay in one location for too long they will come get you or their snipers will focus on that location.
  7. When using the grappling hook, if you hit the spacebar right before arriving at your grappling location you will maintain momentum and keep flying through the air. This is how players like Kephrii are able to make some of their amazing shots.
  • Strong against
  1. Anyone with low health that doesn’t move too fast
  • Weak against
  1. Dva
  2. Roadhog
  3. Winston

Video Guides

The Ultimate Widowmaker Guide – Lone Hawk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu8myDcfV9g

Overwatch Widowmaker Guide – Unit Lost –


Overwatch Widowmaker Guide: Improved Scope Accuracy – Your Overwatch


Hints and Tips

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