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Ashe ultimate B.O.B could be Overwatch’s greatest back-cap ability

Published: 9/Nov/2018 17:47 Updated: 9/Nov/2018 17:59

by Joe O'Brien

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As players get more hands-on time with new Overwatch hero Ashe, more cool tricks are being discovered with her kit.

Ashe was revealed at BlizzCon and introduced to the Overwatch PTR on Monday November 5. As a DPS hero with several unique mechanics, there’s plenty of nuance to be discovered in how her abilities can be used.

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One aspect of her kit that has attracted particular attention is her ultimate, B.O.B. – not least because many fans were endeared to the character by the “Reunion” animated short.

B.O.B. is unlike any other ultimate in the game. When activated he charges forward, knocking enemies into the air and then firing at them with his arm canons, but the reason he’s particularly unusual is that he actually operates as a additional player in the game.

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What that means is that he can be affected by anything that another player can be. He can be healed, crowd controlled, nano-boosted, and even contribute to capturing objectives.

Blizzard EntertainmentB.O.B. acts as a seventh man for his team.

That last point is particularly significant, as it adds a means of “back-capping” – sneaking behind enemy lines to push an objective over the edge – that enemies might not be aware of.

As Dallas Fuel’s Hwang ‘Effect’ Hyeon demonstrated while streaming games on the PTR, if you can find a line-of-sight to send B.O.B. to the payload it can mean victory before anyone knows what happened.

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Players will naturally become more aware of B.O.B’s abilities and therefore be more on guard for plays like this the longer Ashe is in the game, but it’s certainly a useful tactic to be aware of, whether you’re playing as her or against.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.