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Blizzard devs open to Overwatch hero joining Smash Bros Ultimate

Published: 20/Sep/2019 16:16 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 16:56

by Michael Gwilliam


Even before Overwatch was officially announced for the Nintendo Switch, speculation skyrocketed on the possibility of a character from Blizzard’s hero-based FPS making it into Super Smash Bros. Now, the Overwatch devs have weighed in on the possibilities. 

The first serious discussion arose back when a licensed Overwatch protection case for Nintendo Switch appeared in an Amazon listing. While many accurately assumed this meant Overwatch would be coming to the Nintendo console, others brainstormed the chance of a hero appearing in Smash

On September 4, Overwatch for Switch was finally announced during a Nintendo Direct. At the very same direct there was a series of important Smash Bros news. Not only was the release date for the game’s newest character Banjo-Kazooie announced, but so too was the follow-up fighter Terry Bogard from SNK’s Fatal Fury. Most interestingly, however, was the reveal that there would be more than five DLC fighters added to the game

BlizzardOverwatch is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 15.

Prior to this announcement it was believed that there would only be five fighters added post-launch, but now players are guaranteed at least two more with the fifth in the original fighter pass yet to be announced.

In a September 19 interview with Inverse, Blizzard producers Wes Yanagi and Andrew Boyd briefly discussed the possibility of an Overwatch character making their way to the critically acclaimed fighting game and which hero they think would be the best fit. 

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“It’s hard to pick your favorite hero,” Boyd said. “All of them have their own draw in Smash and it’s a really cool idea.”

“It would be an awesome thing to have but that’s up to Nintendo right now,” Yanagi added. 

This echoed Yanagi’s previous comments to Eurogamer when asked about the chance of Tracer appearing in Smash. “There are any number of characters I would love to see in Smash, but we’ll let Nintendo take care of that!” he said in the September 6 interview.

In the same interview lead game producer Matthew Hawley weighed in saying that while the idea of an Overwatch hero in Smash was a fun idea, it’s “not something that’s up to the Overwatch team.”

It’s no secret that plenty of developers are open to having characters from their games appear in Smash Bros as the title has become a celebration of gaming as a whole and not just Nintendo properties. 

NintendoAn Overwatch hero like Tracer may feel right at home in Smash.

Most notably, Metal Gear Solid creator and director Hideo Kojima wanted Solid Snake in Smash Bros as far back as Melee, but had to wait until the franchise’s next instalment ‘Brawl’ to get his wish. 

With Blizzard seemingly giving the green light for Nintendo to add Tracer, or other Overwatch heroes to Ultimate, it appears that the ball is in Nintendo’s court. 

If an Overwatch character is announced for Smash, it could be revealed at Blizzard’s flagship event Blizzcon in November. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and hope. 


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.