Overwatch Developers shared this awesome concept art for Ashe and B.O.B. - Dexerto
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Overwatch Developers shared this awesome concept art for Ashe and B.O.B.

Published: 2/Nov/2018 20:50 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 22:44

by Bill Cooney

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As Overwatch Developers talked about Ashe, the game’s newest hero at BlizzCon, they went through some of the concept art from development and for her unlockable skins.

The concepts go from Ashe’s early development to the final product, and they’re all pretty awesome, but Developers said none of the initial concepts fit their vision for the hero.

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These include a punk concept, one that looks a lot like a female McCree, and one kind of in a superhero style.

Developers said they liked the first concept that resembled McCree, but felt it was too similar to him to make Ashe her own unique hero.

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Blizzard EntertainmentConcept art for Ashe, the newest Overwatch hero.
Blizzard EntertainmentConcept art for B.O.B.

B.O.B. Ashe’s Omnic sidekick, was what the Overwatch Developers call a “unicorn”, meaning he didn’t really change from his first concept to how he appears in game.

After a little preview from Developers, both Ashe and B.O.B. get the treatment for skins that will appear in game, including a gangster skin and a safari skin that could give Winston’s a run for his money.

Blizzard EntertainmentAshe and B.O.B.’s “Gangster” skins.
Blizzard EntertainmentAshe and B.O.B.’s “Safari” skins.

All the work that the Overwatch Developers put into this new hero can be seen just by looking at some of these awesome designs.

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There’s still no word on when Ashe will make it to the PTR, but if we look at when Moira arrived after being announced at BlizzCon, November 6, we can assume it won’t be that long.

For more on everything Overwatch related that Blizzard announced at BlizzCon, be sure to check out our official hub

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Insane Overwatch Wrecking Ball tech makes point contesting impossible

Published: 14/Oct/2020 19:37

by Theo Salaun

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Overwatch players have discovered yet another dominant Wrecking Ball trick, and this one simply denies opponents any chance at capturing the point in the most troll way imaginable.

A hamster in a metal ball with a grappling hook. Hammond, officially known as Wrecking Ball, is one of Overwatch’s weirder heroes and, as such, is blessed with some of the game’s craftiest potential. Even after Blizzard bothered his mains by adjusting the grappling hook’s consistency, the game’s fanbase continues to discover devious ways to capitalize on Hammond’s niche abilities.

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While every Wrecking Ball seems to love latching onto somewhere on the point and spinning continuously in a wide arc that is both hard to hit and a nifty way to contest, that tetherball movement isn’t inimitable. 

But a Redditor by the name of ‘ano-nimuss’ has discovered a new tech on the control map, Oasis: University, that allows Hammond to defiantly deny opponents any opportunity to gain access to the point with a much quicker, tighter spin. 

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It’s overtime, THOU SHALT NOT PASS! 🧙‍♂️ from WreckingBallMains

On Oasis: University, each team has a main choke entryway, two adjacent angles they can take from the side, and an underground entry path to the point. Once on the point, there is a wide circular pit to the basement.

The fastest way to the point is the main choke, since all other paths take more time and are more easily defended by well-positioned attackers. But, considering ano-nimuss’s clip, it appears that the main choke is very easily defended by a Hammond.

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A bird’s eye view of Oasis: University, where all points of entry are visible.

With a grappling hook thrown into the pit and against one of the subterranean walls, Wrecking Ball is able to swing into a frenzied defense, narrowly blocking off the entire main choke from eager attackers. In the clip, even narrow hitboxes like an Ana or a transcending Zenyatta are unable to squeeze past Hammond’s boops despite multiple attempts to do so.

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As demonstrated, this tech makes it nigh impossible for enemies to access University’s point through its typically most accessible entryway. In overtime, that can easily prove the difference between a win and a loss.

Interestingly, this trick holds merit for other potential Wrecking Ball shenanigans. If players can abuse a unique surface to gain a threatening advantage on Oasis, then there is massive potential that similar angles for tighter spins are available on other maps.