Purple Purple LV.18 Sage
Feb 13, 2018, 11:39 AM 1,890 read

Sombra REWORK - Good or Bad?

Sombra is getting some major changes which will drastically affect her playstyle. While there are a lot clickbait videos out there saying "HUGE SOMBRA BUFF" etc, let's be clear: this is NOT a buff. This is a REWORK, and will change the way in which Sombra will be played.   The changes: 1) Sombra no longer gains ult from health pack healing. -This is an absolutely massive change (and obviously a huge nerf). Currently Sombra's ult is everything, and using hacked health packs to gain charge was the fastest and most effective way to charge her ult. This hurts Sombra immensely.   2) Weapon Spread decreased by 10% - This is a welcome buff, but doesn't address the main issue. Yes, Sombra's gun is the most inaccurate in the game, but that's not really the problem. The problem is Sombra's lack of damage at close range where the spread doesn't matter as much. Sombra is never going to be the hitscan that can take care of Pharah. This buff is a step in the wrong direction and doesn't align with Sombra's kit/playstyle. They should instead be focusing on making Sombra more effective in close range fights.   3) Hacking speed increased from 0.8s to 0.65s - This is a genuinely good buff, hacking currently takes way too long to be used reliably.   4) Hacking will disable more abilities. (Genji's Double Jump/Wall Climb, Pharah's Hover Jets, Hanzo's Wall Climb, Lucio's currently running Crossfade song will be disabled, Mercy's Angelic Descent) - Another genuinely good buff. There's are the types of abilities that currently make Sombra's successful hacks feel incredibly unrewarding.   Analysis:   This is a step in the wrong direction. This is Blizzard trying to turn Sombra from a support into a DPS without actually doing anything to increase her ability to do damage. The 10% reduced spread does absolutely nothing in the scenarios that Sombra WANTS to be in. The improved hacking speed is excellent, but at the end of the day all you've done is spend over half a second to make a fight simply gun vs gun and your gun is always worse. In other words, Sombra has to make herself vulnerable and stop dealing damage just to be able to fight at a slight disadvantage instead of a significant disadvantage.   The key issue is that Sombra's kit asks her to sneakily approach somebody, hack them so they can't use their abilities to win the fight, and then you kill them 1v1. The problem is that even after step 1 and 2, Sombra doesn't have the damage to win the 1v1. Sombra doesn't need less weapon spread, she needs more damage.   Summary: While I agree that Sombra should be more of a DPS than a support, none of the buffs are enough to outweigh the huge nerf to Sombra's ult charge. I expect Sombra to remain the lowest win-rate champion in the game and would not be surprised to see her win-rate drop even further following this rework.   TL;DR: Thematically a step in the right direction, but they're ignoring the main issue. Overall this is a bad rework, and it will likely make Sombra even worse.   What do you guys think of these changes? How would you change Sombra to make her more effective? I know I'm not the only Sombra main out there.

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