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The Overwatch 2 Beta is finally here, and alongside all the new content, Sojourn is making waves online as the first new Overwatch hero in years. To help players just getting into the beta as Twitch drops begin on Tuesday, here are some general tips and tricks for the new Canadian hero.
Breaking down Sojurn’s abilities
To begin, Sojourn is a DPS hero, and all her abilities revolve around her Railgun. It is a medium-range gun, with some bullet spread and ammo that counts as a projectile.
However, as she does damage, her railgun charges up her secondary fire. As it shows on screen, her charge goes up similar to Zarya’s bubbles (expect players must deal damage instead of soaking it up). As players hit anywhere in between 0-100 charge, they can right-click to fire a charged-up sniper shot.
The more charge on the railgun, the more damage it does. Plus unlike her left-click, this one counts as a hit-scan shot.
Her shift is Power Slide, a mobility-focused ability that lets her quickly slide a limited distance on the ground. However, along with this slide, if players jump before or as the distance ends, they get an improved jump, allowing them to reach high ground that would be otherwise inaccessible.
Her E ability is Disruptor Shot, an area-of-effect ability that players can shoot like Reinhardt’s Fire Strike. It starts as just a small bubble, but as it hits its first target, it grows into a field that slows enemies within and slowly damages them over time. The damage isn’t significant, but the slow can help players hit shots.
Last but not least, her ultimate, Overclock, essentially puts players at 100 charge very quickly. Along with that, Sojurn’s charged-up shots from pierce through enemies in the ultimate, allowing for collateral kills.
Tips and tricks
Now, this might sound obvious, but Sojourn’s mobility is almost counterproductive with her hit-scan shots. As a result, one big tip is to use her right-click like a Widowmaker shot. If players build up enough charge and aim for enemies’ heads, they’ll start racking up kills in no time.
If that feels weird, it may be worth going into the settings and swapping her left-click with her right-click. After all, almost no abilities within Overwatch have ever used the right-click button for immense damage like this, so moving the ability to left-click instead might make it feel better for players. That may take some time to get used to, but it can lead to more consistent headshots.
Another almost tip is to be careful with how sliding around. No matter where you look, the direction you’re walking in will be where you slide. There were plenty of times in the Beta where Sojourn players just slid off the map by accident. Usually, with the jump, you can fix those errors before they kill you — but not always.
Last but not least, since her ultimate is just a buff for her gun, use it to start duels instead of saving it for the middle of them. The full-charge piercing sniper shots are something best used when a fair distance away from your enemies. Positioning matters, especially since using it too far forward will just lead your enemies to focus you down. Be a little more frugal and use your aggressiveness as Sojourn wisely in the Overwatch 2 Beta.
Polish-Canadian game enthusiast. I've been entrenched in gaming for as long as I can remember, with my first game being Pokemon Yellow and my most played games being Borderlands 2 and Overwatch. I have a degree in Film Studies, but writing about esports just makes my job all the better.