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Frustrating Overwatch exploit still plagues Overwatch 2

Blizzard's hero shooter Overwatch 2 is far from perfect and the fact that players can still access this game-breaking Sombra translocator exploit is proof

Overwatch 2 exploit Sombra translocator payload: an image of Sombra holding an SMG

If you’re an Overwatch 2 damage role player who’s always struggling to defend a payload, you’re probably not alone. While you might think someone who can heal themselves – like Soldier 76, Mei, or Reaper – is your best bet, you will be surprised to learn that one of the game’s squishier heroes is actually your best option. We know the Overwatch League 2022 postseason stats show a clear Overwatch 2 meta, but we’re talking about Sombra. And, yes, we’re talking about that unplayable Sombra translocator exploit from the original hero shooter still works in Blizzard’s Overwatch 2.

If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, and you have been lucky enough to avoid being on the other side of this exploit up until now, allow us to explain what we mean. If you’re playing as a Sombra, and you’re trying to defend the Payload, you can actually use her translocator teleportation ability to effectively glitch yourself inside the payload.

In order to do this, all you need to do is place the translocator on the ground and let the payload roll over it before activating it. Unlike other throwable or placeable abilities, the payload doesn’t actually destroy the translocator and Sombra can trigger it when the payload is directly over it.

As you can see for yourself by looking at this gameplay clip, courtesy of ‘iSammax‘ on Reddit, Sombra is effectively invincible while inside the payload – thanks to Overwatch 2’s lack of bullet penetration physics – and the payload itself will be un-pushable.

Sombra uses her Translocator to get stuck in a payload, preventing it from moving. from Overwatch

This is an exploit that has been present in Overwatch, in some capacity, since Sombra’s introduction and it’s a shame that it persists in Overwatch 2. However, we can’t deny that it’s a fantastic way to avoid losing a game.

In a lot of cases, the only effective way to combat this exploit is by using something like a Hanzo Dragonstrike ultimate ability – as this passes through objects and walls. However, as this exploit is once-again gaining traction online, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Sombra disabled in Overwatch 2 soon while Blizzard works on a fix – at least for this instance of the exploit.

But, we don’t know if this will be the case – even if we are all waiting for when Mei is back in Overwatch 2. For now, we just need to wait for the Overwatch 2 Season 2 release date to arrive alongside the inevitable hero balancing update – with the hope that there are a few bug fixes included.