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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

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

The 28th
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.

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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.

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Overwatch pros reacts as Gamsu announces return to LoL

Published: 21/Oct/2020 10:09

by Lauren Bergin

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Noh ‘Gamsu’ Yeong-Jin of Dallas Fuel has announced his departure from the Overwatch League in an emotional post– but there’s a twist. 

On October 17, Dallas Fuel main tank Gamsu officially announced his retirement from professional Overwatch.

With a track record that included positions on dominant teams such as the Shanghai Dragons, Gamsu’s announcement has truly rocked the Overwatch world. Not many could have predicted this to play out like it has.

While the announcement attracted a wave of disappointed fan tweets lamenting the announcement, Gamsu’s retirement, it also caught the attention of several notable figures in the Overwatch community.

OWL caster Soe Gschwind expressed her support by tweeting that she wishes him “all the best for the future”, commenting on his play style as being a “joy” to watch.

 

In addition to Soe, a collection of OWL players from across multiple different teams came together to wish Gamsu the best for his future. Notable names included Houston Outlaws’ DPS Jeffrey ‘blasé’ Tsang, Boston Uprising’s main tank Cameron ‘Fusions’ Bosworth and Seb ‘numlocked’ Barton of Toronto Defiant.

A final tweet from Jon Spector, the Vice President of the Overwatch League encapsulated the feelings of fans and colleagues alike, where he congratulated Gamsu for being ‘at the top of the world’ in both of his professional game titles: Overwatch and League of Legends.

Gamsu returns to League of Legends

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While Dallas Fuel have lost a legend, LoL has gained a new one.

Despite what seemed to be a devastating announcement for the Overwatch scene, there’s a silver lining: Gamsu is returning to League of Legends.

Before he made his name on the Overwatch stage the star player made a name for himself as the top laner for League of Legends behemoths Fnatic, with his skills helping score Fnatic third place in the 2016 EU LCS (the predecessor to the current European Championship, the LEC).

His return to the rift spark a great deal of discussion, with the most notable comment coming from current Golden Guardians support Choi ‘huhi’ Jae-Hyun tweeting “GAMSU TOP?”

The news even caught the attention of former Overwatch player turned Valorant pro for FaZe Shane ‘Rawkus’ Flaherty, who reminisced over Gamsu’s dominant performance as a top laner during his EU LCS days.

It’s safe to say that Gamsu had an amazing Overwatch career, but although he leaves the OWL behind he is back on the rift and ready to take on Runeterra.

League of Legends fans will be excited to see the return of a familiar face, and current professional players had best be ready for the return of a giant.