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A 2016 hero and objective-based first person shooter developed by Blizzard. Players take on the roles of specific heroes in order to complete or defend objectives from the opposing team.

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What do damage buffs affect?

In Overwatch, there are several ways to buff the damage dealt by a hero: the alternate fire of Mercy's Caduceus Staff, Ana's Nano Boost, and Orisa's Supercharger. Are they all governed by the same ...
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What do these two symbols (thunderbolt, stack of pages) mean?

One has a forward loop with a thunderbolt in the middle, and the other has pages stacked against each other. Sometimes one or the other flash, sometimes they both flash, and sometimes they flash ...
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What can Genji deflect?

According to the Genji Gamepedia page, Reflect's ability is: With lightning-quick swipes of his sword, Genji reflects an oncoming projectile and sends it rebounding towards his opponent. It's ...
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What ultimates can be damage boosted by Mercy? [duplicate]

What ultimates can be damage boosted by Mercy? We already know that D.va's ultimate can be damage boosted by Mercy, but are there other ultimates that can be damage boosted by Mercy? Can all ...
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How quickly does the Ultimate Meter fill up?

The information on the Gamepedia is very lacking regarding the Ultimate Meter: Ultimate abilities are powerful abilities only available to a hero once their Ultimate Meter has filled. Progress ...
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What's the difference between life, health, armour and shield?

Overwatch has many sources of health. What do all these terms mean? Health Life Armour Shield
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How do you earn medals? How much XP do they give?

At the end of the game, how are medals awarded? As a secondary, what is the relation between bronze silver and gold medals, and how much experience do they reward?
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Does Reinhardt's shield block all abilities?

Reinhardt's main strength is his shielding abilities and the protection he provides for his team, but Are there any abilities that cannot be blocked by Reinhardt's barrier field?
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Does Mercy's damage buff affect structures? [duplicate]

Mercy's Caduceus staff has an alt-fire that increases an ally's damage while channeled. Does this damage buff also extend to structures, such as Torbjörn's turrets or Symmetra's sentries, if their ...
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Will the Olympic skins (+ other future event skins) be buyable after the event is over?

There's brand new skins in overwatch, and they are event themed. Will they be just gone after the event (those who have it keep it, those who don't are screwed...) It should be one of 3 scenarios ...
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I'm on fire. So?

In Overwatch, there is a meter at the bottom left corner that indicates how "on fire" (as in, doing well, I'm guessing) you are. When it get over an indicated point, your portrait on the tab screen/...
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What Attacks Can D.Va's Shield Block (or Not Block)?

What attacks and ultimates can D.Va block with her Defense Matrix shield (her E ability)? Defense Matrix is supposed to block projectile attacks, so I'd be interested in knowing whether it can block ...
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How can I stay on fire?

As stated here, being on fire means you are doing well, and here we see that you can be commended as an MVP for being on fire for a large portion of the time. This answer shows that destroying non-...
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What do the numbers when destroying non-player things mean?

When you destroy an enemy object that isnt a player, such as DVA's suit or Torbjorn's turret, you will see +### message. What do the numbers mean? Do they actually affect anything? As far as I ...
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What are all the friendly and enemy ultimate sounds?

When ultimates are used in Overwatch, a unique voice line sound effect is played, and it sounds different depending on which team used the ability. Does anyone have a list of what the two voice lines ...
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How did this Mercy get 104% Kill Participation?

They didn't really do anything but play the standard support role, healing and buffing players as needed. The only thing I can think of that might have caused this is Genji's reflect.
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Are Overwatch loot boxes populated when awarded, or when opened?

Are the contents of a loot box determined at the time it is awarded or when it is opened? For example, if you collect multiple loot boxes before a special event but opened them during the special ...
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End-game card priority? How does it work?

This question comes from a game I've recently played. I was playing Lucio and I got nearly 13,000 healing and nearly 13 minutes on fire. However, at the end of the game, at the commendations screen, I ...
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Do Lucio's effects have a limited range?

Lucio is a fun character, providing AoE healing or speed boost to teammates. But how is this area determined? I know that it's at least partially based on line of sight, but does it also have a ...
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When do assists show up in the kill feed?

Do you always get an assist if you've been doing damage? Multiple times now I've been firing at a target for some time, another player will drop in when they die and say 'Ha just took out 'X' on my ...
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Is D.Va's ultimate affected by Mercy's damage boost? [duplicate]

I know that D.Va's ultimate negates Zenyata's discord orb but does it get buffed by Mercy's damage boost if she's using it on you before you activate your self-destruct or does the buff stay on D.Va ...
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Which character is best for killing Bastion from behind Reinhardt?

Often, at the start of a game, the defense has a Bastion set up in sentry mode near the objective, aimed at a chokepoint. When this happens, one of the best strategies is to have a Reinhardt stand in ...
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Who should I be damage buffing as Mercy

I just started playing Overwatch (played a few games during open beta, but wasn't able to play much). I'm enjoying Mercy, but who (in a group situation) should be getting the damage buff? Additionally,...
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How do you become friends with someone?

Let's say I'm playing in a public game with someone and we hit it off. I want to officially become his friend, so that we can intentionally group later on. How do I do this? I know how to find the ...
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Which heroes can escape Zarya's ult?

Zarya's ult pulls in enemies and bunches them together for a short period of time. As far as I can tell, there is no way to walk out of it or jump out of it with normal movement options. Are there ...
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After the game starts, does healing a hero that damaged themself charge Mercy's ultimate?

Certain characters can damage themselves during the pre-game countdown, notably Junkrat and Pharah. If Mercy heals that damage before the game starts, she doesn't gain ultimate charge (so I've heard). ...
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Does Torbjorn's turret have a range?

As far as I've seen, it seems like Torbjorn's turret doesn't need to placed in a specific direction like TF2 and Dirty Bomb, so that's not an issue. What I'd like to know is if it has a cutoff range, ...
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Do shots fired before the match starts count towards your end-of-game statistics?

In Overwatch, there is short countdown for a few minutes before the match begins. During this time, the defending team is allowed to roam the map to set up their defenses, while the attacking team ...
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Does armor affect shield health?

Armor hit points reduce incoming damage, and shield regenerates. According to this reddit post, shield depletes before armor, and one reddit commentor describes this effect to be extremely useful: ...
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What are the drop rates for the different rarities in Loot Boxes?

Loot Boxes can have items with rarities from Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. What I'd like to know is, with the nature of Loot Boxes, what are the drop rates of Common/Rare/Epic/Legendary items? ...
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How much currency do you get for a duplicate cosmetic?

When you open a loot crate and receive a cosmetic you already own, it is automatically turned into coins. How much do you get, exactly? Is it a constant amount, a fraction of its unlock cost, or ...
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Is there a way to transfer Overwatch skins between PS4/Xbox One/PC?

I have played a ton of Overwatch on console and am now am looking to make the most of my PC and play Overwatch there. Is there a way to transfer skins from console to PC?
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Does Orisa's Supercharge ultimate stack with other damage buffs?

Orisa's ultimate is a damage boost to all allied heroes in line of sight. Does this stack at all with other boosts such as Mercy's right click or with Ana's nano-boost or can all 3 stack together?
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Can you play training modes offline in Overwatch?

I would like to practice my skills in Overwatch. Do you have to be online in order to play in training mode?
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Do events in Junkenstein's Revenge happen at specific times?

After playing Junkenstein's Revenge a few times, I've started to notice a pattern in the order of events. Reaper spawns, then Roadhog, then Junkrat, then Reaper again, then Reaper again, then Mercy. ...
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Is ranked and “normal” (quick play) MMR separate?

I play almost exclusively quick play, but I did do some ranked matches just to get placed to see where I end up. As far as I can tell, my opponents in ranked were about the same skill level as the ...
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At which point does a game count towards my stats?

Let's say my career best in eliminations is 20. Then I play a game from the start and I do 21 eliminations, but I disconnect before VICTORY/DEFEAT appears. Will my career best now be 20 or 21? Will my ...
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Which heroes can clear this jump on Volskaya Industries?

On the Attackers first stage spawn there is a side route that seems to be reachable by some heroes but not all that stretches over the frozen river on the left. I've tested this with easier mobility ...
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My HUD has completely disappeared! What happened to it?

After picking my hero in the pre-game lobby, I typically Alt-Tab out of the game to browse the web for a short time until the match starts. This time, when I Alt-Tabbed back into the game, my HUD ...
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When does a reflected Junkrat mine explode?

Usually Junkrat can throw a mine that is triggered by the user. If the mine is reflected by Genji when does it explode? Is it user triggered and if so by which player?
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Does it matter which way Torbjörn's turret faces?

Seeing how there is no rotate function when placing a turret, does it matter at all which way Torbjörn's turret faces when planting it? Are there any advantages, like perhaps a faster turn speed or ...
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How to counter a team of multiple Torbjörns?

If the enemy team picks up multiple Torbjörns, specially while defending a map, I find it extremely difficult to capture even the first point, because each turret is defending another, and hidden ...
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Can D.Va hide behind teammates to protect herself from her own Self Destruct ultimate?

D.Va's ultimate Self Destruct will do damage to her if she's within line of sight of her mech, so by hiding behind cover, D.Va can avoid being killed by her own ultimate. Is it possible for D.Va to ...
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In point-blank range, is Winston's melee preferable to his gun?

Winston's LBM weapon, the "Tesla Cannon", has a greater range than melee and can hit multiple enemies at once. However, if I'm fighting just one enemy and I manage to get within melee range of them, ...
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How do I know if I got a kill assist in Overwatch?

According to what I see in Overwatch, I have never gotten a kill assist. If I do considerable damage to an opponent and someone else seems to do the final blow, it still recognizes it as a kill. I ...
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Is Mercy's damage boost applied on fire or on hit?

Specifically with regards to non-hitscan characters, when is Mercy's damage boost applied? Does it take effect after shooting, or only after a projectile hits a target?
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What can heroes be commended for?

In the commendation screen, after a match, you can see a few players who were picked out because of something "big" that they contributed to the team. For example, you'll see commendations like: ...
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Does Reaper shoot above and below him when using Death Blossom?

If Reaper uses Death Blossom, will it damage people who are above or below him? Most of the time I see Reaper's dropping off a roof or wall before using Death Blossom, but could I instead stay on the ...
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Is reload cancelling faster?

Today I learned that, for all heroes with limited ammunition, they can reload cancel their weapons with a melee attack. What I'm curious about is, does it really save time? Is it really a "cancel"? ...
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How does Mercy's damage buff interact with Genji's Deflect ability? [duplicate]

When Genji uses his Deflect ability on an incoming projectile, what happens in the following situations? If Mercy was buffing the player who originally fired the projectile, does it retain the damage ...