Hero of the Week: Widowmaker

Hey guys!

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…

Amélie Lacroix

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“One shot, one kill.”

Age: 33

Nationality: French

Occupation: Assassin

Base: Annecy, France

Relations: Gérard Lacroix (husband, deceased)

Affiliations: Talon

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.


Widowmaker

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“Rendez-vous avec la mort.”

Role: Defense

Health: 200

Kit Stats

Widow’s Kiss: Sniper Mode

Widow M2
Widowmaker’s versatile sniper rifle is ideal for scope-aimed shots at distant targets.

Type: Single shot hitscan

Damage: 12 uncharged, 120 fully charged

Rate of Fire: 0.5 seconds uncharged, 1.25 seconds fully charged

Ammo: 30

Ammo Usage: 3 per shot

Reload Time: 1.5 seconds

Headshots: 2.5x multiplier

Widow’s Kiss: Assault Mode

Widow M1
Should targets close to medium range, the rifle can also be fired in fully-automatic mode.

Type: Rapid fire hitscan

Damage: 13

Rate of Fire: 10 rounds per second

Ammo: 30

Reload Time: 1.5 seconds

Grappling Hook

Widow LShift
Widowmaker launches a grappling hook towards the locations she’s aiming at — when the hook connects with a scalable surface, she’s quickly drawn towards it, allowing her to expand her view of the battlefield and evade or flank targets.

Type: Linear Projectile

Pulling Speed: 16 meters per second

Maximum Range: 20 meters

Cooldown: 12 seconds

Venom Mine

Widow E
Widowmaker adheres a swiftly-arming venom mine to nearly any surface. When a target wanders within range of the mine’s motion trigger, it explodes, delivering poison gas to any enemies in the vicinity.

Type: Arcing Projectile

Damage: 15 per second, 75 total

Projectile Speed: 19 meters per second

Area of Effect: 3 meters

Cooldown: 15 seconds

ULTIMATE: Infra-Sight

Widow Ult
Widowmaker’s recon visor allows her to see the heat signatures of her targets through walls and objects for a moderate amount of time. This enhanced vision is shared with her allies.

Area of Effect: Map-wide

Casting Time: 0.5 seconds

Duration: 15.5 seconds


What’s Wooly’s Opinion?

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“I see you…”

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:

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The grave reads “Gerard Lacroix” 😥

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

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“Dans ma ligne de mire.”

Using Widowmaker

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!

Fighting Widowmaker

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.


Au Revoir.

Widowmaker
Artwork by Hammling. Find their Tumblr here and their DeviantArt here!

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!

~ Wooly

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