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Clever Overwatch trick makes BOB the most powerful enemy on Route 66

Published: 29/Dec/2019 23:08

by Brad Norton

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While Ashe is an often under-utilized hero in Overwatch, a unique tactic on Route 66 can give her Ultimate ability the upper hand in a team fight, quite literally. 

While Ashe is a hitscan DPS character in Blizzard’s popular hero shooter, the gunslinger shines brightest when her Ultimate is in effect and B.O.B. is on the field.

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A tanky companion 1200 health, the mustachioed figure is quite a force to be reckoned with. However, after an initial charge the Ultimate remains in place for the remainder of its duration, making it someone easy for enemies to simply break the line of sight. Despite this, a new trick on Route 66 breaks these rules and will have the opposing team running for cover.

Blizzard - OverwatchHero 29 in Overwatch, Ashe was added to the game in November of 2018.

The first two checkpoints on Route 66 are sprawling, open spaces with a number of flanking routes and room to maneuver. In stark contrast, the final area is much tighter with less room for engagement however this section does feature some unique, moving high-ground. 

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A number of elevated platforms rotate overhead and can often provide an easy line of sight on enemy teams that may be bunkering down. It’s dangerous to go alone and the platforms are in no way large enough to fit a full team, however the unique architecture gives way to some surprisingly effective strategies.

As showcased throughout a December 29 post from Reddit user ‘VkOverwatchSchool,’ it turns out that Ashe can set up her robotic companion on the high-ground and have it continue moving thanks to the rotating platforms.

I used Bob on the platform in a last fight on Route 66. from Overwatch

With 1200 health and a neverending stream of outgoing bullets, B.O.B. can devastate any opposing composition with this surprise tactic. 

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Serving as another teammate for the 10-second duration of the ability, enemies will be forced into a six versus seven scenario and have their target focus split among foes on the ground and a powerful Omnic rotating overhead. 

As similar platforms can be found on Volskaya Industries, it’s likely that this play can be replicated in a similar fashion. However, given the distance that the Ultimate would have to travel on the Assault map to reach the second objective, it might not prove quite as beneficial as on Route 66.

Blizzard - OverwatchB.O.B. can be a challenging ultimate to play around for any composition due to his fast fire rate and enormous health pool.

While cheeky strategies involving these moving platforms often involve a flanking Bastion or a Mei dropping her Ultimate, a tanky robot floating around Route 66 could put a halt to any plans and potentially win a team-fight with ease.

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Obviously a niche strategy, this tactic won’t bring Ashe to the forefront anytime soon. However, it’s certainly a play to keep in mind when defending if you want to overwhelm the opposition with one swift move. 

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Seagull explains why Overwatch is the “best it’s ever been”

Published: 19/Oct/2020 18:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned has been playing a lot more Overwatch than usual because he believes the game is in the best state it’s ever been.

In a new YouTube video, the former Overwatch League pro delved into why he believes the 2016 title is in such a fantastic state.

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“In previous patches or metas or historically with Overwatch, it’s pretty common to go through a long queue time, you load up the game, you hit tab and you take a quick look at your team comp,” the streamer said, describing how a typical match begins.

According to Seagull, in the past, having a team comp that didn’t follow the meta such as running double shield or Brigitte would be an instant loss. However, in the current patch, it’s completely different: “It’s one of the most balanced patches in Overwatch history.”

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Larned continued to state that most team comps on the ladder are very map-specific, giving the game a huge sense of variety. The 28-year-old said he’s seen every combo of supports and tanks with everything be viable in some capacity.

Another big benefit is how there’s no hero who is so strong that teams have no choice but to run them if they want to win. While there are some characters who will always be niche such as Bastion, Seagull has seen most heroes getting playtime.

He believes this is all due to the experimental card, implementing two patches per month as opposed to one, and not being afraid to nerf heroes.

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Brigitte runs into battle on Route 66
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Teams no longer have to run Brigitte to win.

 

“They cannot be afraid to nerf characters in the future, especially as Overwatch 2 will more than likely launch with a tonne of new characters that will probably be totally crazy,” he added. “Even though we’re going to be bored until Overwatch 2 comes out, at least we aren’t shooting at shields literally all day.”

So far, Blizzard has yet to announce a release date for Overwatch 2, but some new leaks have suggested that we could be getting the sequel as soon as February 2021.

Only time will tell if Blizzard can continue to keep the game balanced leading up to and beyond the next installment’s release.

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