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A new clue went out yesterday that sparked a huge influx of new clues and possible information about Sombra! Take a look at our summary of everything that has happened so far and what might be due to happen.

The first clue that went up was a thread on the General Discussion forums of Overwatch. The thread was titled "0110010 00110011", which translates to the number 23. In the thread, a user by the name of Skycoder had made a post, but it was actually just a hoax. The page starts to break apart and a code starts appearing on the screen. 

Judging by the use of the name Skycoder, which relates to past information about Sombra, it was assumed that the page had been hacked by Sombra and that the code was for us to play with.

The code was as follows:

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The code was recognised as being a Based64 code and it was broken down and converted into a skull. There was already a skull in play from a previous clue, so the hunters now had two skulls to play with. 

This then led to a number of new discoveries and steps over the course of a few hours. Here's what was found out last night:

  • If you compare the two skulls, see image here from Reddit, there are differences between the two.
    • This led to users managing to find a string that detailed the following: "LESPROMETIUNJUEGO...CREOQUEUSTEDESLOSDETECTIVESDEJUEGOSLOLLAMARIANUNTRAILHEAD?BLZGDAUSA-AMBAS-CALAVERAS.HTML" 
    • "I promised you a game. I believe you Games Detectives would call it a trailhead? BLZGDAUSA-AMBAS-CALAVERAS.HTML"
    • By using the string above, they managed to find the following page: https://blzgdapipro-a.akamaihd.net/media/screenshot/usa-ambas-calaveras.html
      • This page seems to be from Ana's hospital entry when she was shot by Widowmaker.
      • The name Janina Kowalska is the Polish equivalent of Jane Doe.
      • We can assume that Sombra is trying to leak the fact that Ana faked her death.
  • There was also text found: "Parecen estar muy interesados en estos "héroes". ¿Tal vez les interese conocer algunos detallitos que he averiguado sobre ellos?"
    • This translates to: "You seem to be very interested in those "heroes". ¿Maybe you might be interested into knowing some tiny details I found about them?"
  • The thread that was initially posted on the forums is actually counting down. It started at 21 hours and is now, at the time of writing, at 10 hours.
    • Could this be a countdown to Sombra's announcement?
    • Could this be how long we have to solve the clue before Sombra disappears?
  • Through the use of the skycoder, a user managed to get "momentincrime". 
    • This references an email address that was tweeted out by Blizzard in 2015, in which they talk about Roadhog/Junkrat's crime spree.
    • The users sent an email to the linked email and got the same automated response as in 2015, but with a slight twist, which sees Sombra hacking the response.
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Thank you for contacting A Moment in Crime's anonymous crime line!

We have analyzed your submission and forwarded the information to the relevant parties. Your help could be vital in apprehending these cri

...Estableciendo conexión... ...Protocolo Sombra v1.7 iniciado...

01:07:47 02:02:02 01:08:06 02:13:43 01:18:32 01:18:21 02:10:19 01:06:21 02:05:18 01:04:02 01:07:08 02:18:25 01:13:04 02:19:20 01:23:02 01:16:40 02:16:35 01:23:04 02:17:16 01:06:42 01:13:29 02:18:06 01:05:02 02:15:41 01:08:34

j.7F57O,NLv:qj.7B:,1qv@B1j5ivB:,

...Terminando conexión...

minals and bringing them to justice. These fugitives are responsible for a string of robberies, arson, and other crimes stretching from Sydney to King's Row.

Authorities believe that they have set their sights on crossing the Atlantic to America.

As time went on, the forum post from Sombra also started to change. It ended up displaying the following image:

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At first, people thought that this was the exact image that Muselk had tweeted out as a challenge to Sombra. 

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It quickly turned out that the image was however slightly different, so people have been trying to compare the two images to find any useful information that could lead us to what she was trying to say in response to the challenge.

For now, we just have to wait for either another big discovery or for the countdown to drop to 0. 

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    This is seriously one of Blizzard's coolest ideas.  I love what they are doing and how they are involving the people in these clues and the hunt for Sombra.  Every time one of these things pops up its better than the last.  Thank you guys at icy-veins for covering it.  Without you I wouldn't be able to keep up on all of this!

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    Blizzard should make a book on how to create suspense... they know how to create the hype from their communities.

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    I'm just as hyped as all of you! Watching it unfold on the discord is truly amazing. That moment when someone actually finds something and everything gets all excited. It's great. Whoever it is that is behind this idea at Blizzard, this might actually be my favourite thing they've done.

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    16 minutes ago, Blainie said:

    . Whoever it is that is behind this idea at Blizzard, this might actually be my favourite thing they've done.

    Give that man an oscar, an hollywood boulevard star and a nobel prize of gaming!!

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