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5 “advanced” Overwatch techniques to get the most out of Wrecking Ball

Published: 7/Mar/2020 19:12

by Scott Robertson

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Unlock your peak Hammond performance with these unstoppable Wrecking Ball maneuvers that will leave your opponents in Overwatch flabbergasted.

A mobile, disruptive tank built for fast destruction, Wrecking Ball, piloted by the beloved hamster Hammond, is most effective when using speed as their primary weapon.

For players who are looking to become the best possible ball they can be, they can look to one of the game’s most proficient and deadly Wrecking Ball players, who goes simply by the name “Ball.” In a video for popular Overwatch YouTuber KarQ, Ball outlines five techniques that he uses to frustrate his opponents and turn the tides of battle while playing Wrecking Ball.

The double boop

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The destructive force of the Wrecking Ball.

Start off with a long grapple behind the enemy you’re aiming at, and power up your ball with Fireball, which occurs when you reach a speed of 15 m/s and is what causes the knockback.

Briefly slow down to lose your Fireball ability, but then accelerate again while still grappled to boop your enemy twice. This can, in theory, be chained to include three or even four boops, but it’s incredibly difficult.

The 180° turn (AKA wallball)

Staying on the ground, grapple at a wall located behind your opponent. After bouncing off the wall, either whip the camera around or use the movement keys to aim at your opponent.

Detach your grapple right before you Fireball into them, otherwise you’ll just get pulled back into the wall. Players can also rebound at any angle, not just 180°.

The wall jump

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball’s Piledriver in action.

To make your way up a wall, drive your ball into the wall you want to climb, and as soon as you make contact with it, move away from the wall and hit jump.

You can use the Piledriver ability to get even more air, and help aim the direction you’re jumping. You can also wall jump off of items and enemies.

The bounce

KarQ describes this ability as “the wall jump on steroids.” It is performed the same way as a wall jump is, it just occurs when Fireball is active to get further air.

Wrecking Ball can’t bounce off players the same way they can use wall jump off other players. Players can either use their ultimate or can quickly exit ball mode to pull off the bounce-piledriver combo off an enemy.

The Toronto Kick

In order to get the height need to pull off a quick piledriver, which is more than two times the height that comes from basic jumping, you can pull off the Toronto Kick.

Move backwards for a second before grappling a high point and quickly jumping, giving you enough height to piledrive. Ball says it will leave you without cooldowns, so he recommends it for 1v1 fights only.

The beauty of most of these maneuvers is how they can be combined together, like the double boop into the bounce piledriver on an enemy. Now get out there and start rolling!

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Overwatch dev hints at Kraków, Poland map for Overwatch 2

Published: 20/Jan/2021 2:33

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Overwatch players have been dying to know more details about Overwatch 2, but while the developers have remained tight-lipped on the details, they hinted that one of the new maps could take place in Kraków, Poland.

Overwatch 2’s development is still a mystery in many ways. It’s been delayed time and time again, with no release date in sight. To make matters worse, a series of job listings suggest it’s still far from completion. However, Dexerto’s Bill Cooney is confident that a delay could be a blessing in disguise.

Either way, fans are dying for more information. Fortunately, the developers have finally started dropping some hints, but it has nothing to do with an official release date. Instead, it has to do with a potential new map in Overwatch 2.

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It feels like an eternity has passed since Overwatch 2 was first announced back in 2019.

A team of developers talked about the new map, Kanezaka, in a recent interview on the official website. They discussed the inspiration for the map along with its design and what players can expect. 

The interviewer then asked them, “If you could choose any location for a new Overwatch map, where would it be?” They probably expected to get a simple answer. Instead, they got a bombshell.

“You’ll see in Overwatch 2!” said the developers. One dove a little deeper and added, “Kraków, Poland. This is a city that I visited a few times and fell in love with. The medieval architecture is beautiful and well preserved, the city has very pleasant plazas and open spaces, with lots of interesting shapes and colors!”

Tracer blinks into Overwatch 2
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Tracer would have a field day blinking through the infrastructure of Kraków, Poland.

At this stage, it’s nothing more than a hint. However, it’s a pretty strong one and a sign that it could be in the works.

Overwatch fans would love to see more locations in the sequel, and there’s no doubt that Kraków would be a great addition.

Hopefully, it’s the first of many more hints and the developers will reveal more details on what players can expect in Overwatch 2.