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An Overwatch Fan Predicted the Wrecking Ball Twist A Year in Advance

Published: 29/Jun/2018 13:41 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:02

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard threw a curveball with the latest Overwatch hero, but a handful of fans had already predicted the twist.

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hero to be added to Overwatch will be Wrecking Ball, a spherical battle-mech piloted by Hammond the hamster.

Hammond’s name was first mentioned as a subject at Horizon Lunar Colony over a year ago, and while it comes as little surprise that he’d eventually make his way into the game as a hero, the details of his character weren’t anticipated by most.

The prevailing theory for Hammond was that he, like Winston and the other gorillas of Horizon, was a primate of some sort. It had been revealed that he was smaller than the others, and a brief glimpse of a chimpanzee had been seen, and so it was assumed that Hammond was either said chimp or another, smaller primate.

The eventual twist, of course, was that Hammond isn’t a primate at all. Instead, he’s a hamster, who had also undergone genetic therapy at the Horizon Lunar Colony. This made him bigger and smarter, although still unable to talk – that would be ridiculous.

With the reveal of Wrecking Ball, the spherical mech piloted by Hammond, Blizzard caught the vast majority of fans off guard. One player, however, managed to predict the hero a whole year in advance.


The prediction came with the very first reveal of Hammond over a year ago, when new details about Horizon Lunar Colony came to light alongside the release of the map set in the base. At the time there was heavy speculation that Hammond was to be the game’s next hero, but while Blizzard obviously had plans for Hammond, it’s only now that he’s appearing in-game.

While u/TheDumplingz’ prediction was amazingly prescient, it was also a complete shot in the dark at the time. On the basis of more recent evidence, however, another redditor, u/stmaurer, also put together a compelling case for the hamster twist before it was revealed – even if it was perhaps intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek at the time.

Figured it out. I know what Hammond is, and it’s not what we thought. from r/Overwatch

Wrecking Ball’s full backstory was explained by Jeff Kaplan in the latest developer update, and players can try him out right now on the Overwatch PTR.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.