Before and after comparison of Overwatch's March 19 knockback changes - Dexerto

Before and after comparison of Overwatch’s March 19 knockback changes

Published: 20/Mar/2019 11:30 Updated: 20/Mar/2019 11:38

by Joe O'Brien


The March 19 update for Overwatch made massive changes to game balance and mechanics, with a huge number of hero updates as well as an entirely new hero, Baptiste.

Amid the hero-specific changes were some more general updates to game mechanics that affect a number of different heroes, including updating the way certain types of damage are affected by armor, and changing how knockbacks work.

Previously, the distance a player would be knocked back was influenced by their momentum at the point of the knock-back occurring. If they were moving towards the knockback, they would be thrown less distance, and if they were moving away the knock-back was amplified.

As a result, good players could use their own movement to counter a knock-back, either minimizing the effect or using it as their own escape tool.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe new patch also introduced the game’s 30th hero, Baptiste.

For the player performing the knockback, however, the effect could be frustratingly inconsistent, relying significantly on the movement of the enemy and therefore out of the control of the player actually using the ability.

The change to the way knockbacks work means that the player being knocked should now travel a consistent distance regardless of their momentum.

Overwatch player u/itsjieyang made a comparison between the new patch and the previous one to demonstrate exactly what this change looks like.

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The update is generally a direct buff to knock-back mechanics, as it removes the ability of enemies to minimize the effect of the knock-back, ensuring the likes of Lúcio’s right-click can force opponents back a good distance.

With the change coming amid a large number of other changes, it remains to be seen exactly how the update will affect the game’s meta.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.