Welcome back to Wooly Plays for another Hero of the Week post! I promise that I will have an actual schedule for my blog eventually; instead of finishing this last night I decided to lose some SR in competitive! Woo!
This week’s hero is…
Base: Annecy, France
Relations: Gérard Lacroix (husband, deceased)
Before becoming Widowmaker, Amélie Lacroix was an accomplished ballerina dancer and was was married to Gérard Lacroix, an Overwatch agent who was at the point of operations against Talon, a terrorist organization. After several failed attempts to get rid of Gérard, Talon turned its attention to his wife, Amélie. Talon operatives kidnapped her and put her through an extremely intense program of neural reconditioning, reprogramming her as a sleeper agent for Talon. She was eventually found by Overwatch agents, and she returned to her normal life.
Two weeks later, she killed her husband in his sleep.
Though Overwatch assumed she’d been kidnapped, Amélie returned to Talon to complete the process of becoming a living weapon. They trained her in covert tactics and altered her physiology. This drastically slowed her heart, turning her skin cold and blue, and numbing her ability to experience human emotion. Thus was Widowmaker created.
The first sighting of Amélie Lacroix since her second “kidnapping” was made by Ana Amari, Overwatch’s Second in Command, on a mission to rescue scientists taken hostage by Talon. Ana was able to temporarily incapacitate Talon’s incredibly skilled sniper, code-named Widowmaker. Unfortunately, upon recognizing that Widowmaker was the missing Amélie Lacroix, Ana froze, and Widowmaker took that instant to shoot Ana and make her escape.
Widow’s Kiss: Sniper Mode
Type: Single shot hitscan
Damage: 12 uncharged, 120 fully charged
Rate of Fire: 0.5 seconds uncharged, 1.25 seconds fully charged
Ammo Usage: 3 per shot
Reload Time: 1.5 seconds
Headshots: 2.5x multiplier
Widow’s Kiss: Assault Mode
Type: Rapid fire hitscan
Rate of Fire: 10 rounds per second
Reload Time: 1.5 seconds
Type: Linear Projectile
Pulling Speed: 16 meters per second
Maximum Range: 20 meters
Cooldown: 12 seconds
Type: Arcing Projectile
Damage: 15 per second, 75 total
Projectile Speed: 19 meters per second
Area of Effect: 3 meters
Cooldown: 15 seconds
Area of Effect: Map-wide
Casting Time: 0.5 seconds
Duration: 15.5 seconds
What’s Wooly’s Opinion?
Current Playtime with Widowmaker: 65 hours
This aggressively French, cold-as-ice bombshell is one of my favorite heroes in the game. Her backstory is pretty sad, but that coupled with her voice lines in-game with Ana:
Ana: “Gérard was a fool to love someone like you.”
Widowmaker: “You don’t know anything about him.”
and this image from Overwatch‘s Christmas comic:
makes me think that there’s a lot more to Widowmaker than she lets on. Her Tragic Backstory™ really tugs at my heartstrings, and although I love this remorseless assassin as much as anyone, I wonder what truly happened to her when Talon kidnapped her. I’m hoping we’ll get a Widowmaker origin story animation eventually!
Tips and Tricks
Watch Your Hook Cooldown Closely
Widowmaker’s hook is her only positioning tool; use it wisely! You never know when you might need it for a quick escape!
Aim for the Head!
I know this sounds like bad advice, but seriously! Practice your tracking and aiming for headshots. It’ll help you and your team. I’m terrible at hitting them consistently, but a good Widowmaker is a force to be reckoned with. Just check out Kephrii!
While Kephrii is a top-ranking Widowmaker, it never hurts to check out what the pros are doing and trying to implement some of their tactics into your own play style!
Remember the Widow
When I play Mercy, I always try to be aware of the enemy Widowmaker’s location and, if she uses her ult, I try to make sure I’m safe until it’s over. Remember, it lasts about fifteen and a half seconds! Make sure your shields are being held up where they should be or that you’re staying out of her line of sight!
If you have to shoot, A/D/crouch spam!
I know they “nerfed” the crouch spam a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work! Widows have to mostly stand still, and following a target who is A/D/crouch spamming can be difficult.
While this advice is pretty good for most heroes, I don’t think I’d suggest it for heroes like Roadhog, Orisa, or Winston, whose head hitboxes are fairly large.
Thank you so much for reading this week’s post! Check back again next week for even more character information and my opinions on them, and comment below to tell me any tips or tricks you have or to suggest a hero for next week! I’m all ears!