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Blizzard Announces Details of New Overwatch Hero “Wrecking Ball”

Published: 28/Jun/2018 19:58 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien


Blizzard has revealed details of the next Overwatch hero, Wrecking Ball.

Wrecking Ball is a spherical battle mech piloted by Hammond, a genetically modified Hamster.


Hammond’s name was first mentioned over a year prior to his release when Horizon Lunar Colony was added to the game. Until now, fans had assumed that Hammond was another primate, like Winston.

As it turns out, Hammond was in fact a Hamster. After the gorilla uprising at Horizon, Hammond managed to escape by attaching an escape pod to the rocket of an unaware Winston. The two ultimately landed separately, with Hammond finding himself in the Australian outback, at Junkertown.


Hammond built his mech to take part in the battle arena of the Scrapyard. Keeping his identity hidden and fighting as “Wrecking Ball”, Hammond battled his way to becoming champion.

In the most recent Developer Update, Jeff Kaplan explained Hammond’s backstory, and the capabilities of Wrecking Ball as a hero.

Wrecking Ball is classed as a tank, and his abilities have also been revealed:

  • Quad Cannons – Automatic assault weapons.
  • Roll – Transform into a ball and increase maximum movement speed.
  • Grappling Claw – Launch a grappling claw to rapidly swing around the area. Enables high-speed collisions to damage and knock back enemies.
  • Minefield (ultimate) – Deploy a massive field of proximity mines.
  • Adaptive Shield – Create temporary personal shields. Amount increases with more enemies nearby.
  • Piledrive – Slam into the ground below to damage and launch enemies upward.

Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.