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Clever Overwatch trick uses D.Va’s Self-Destruct hitbox to block damage

Published: 17/Sep/2020 19:39

by Theo Salaun


D.Va’s Self-Destruct ultimate is one of the most prominent in the game, but some Overwatch players are just now realizing that its hitbox can actually be used as a shield against incoming damage.

Everyone who has played Overwatch in some capacity is well-aware that D.Va’s ultimate can sometimes simply be used to regain 600 health. In certain instances, you can’t properly throw the bomb toward the enemies and simply need to detonate and get back into your MEKA to survive a fight. 


While that’s unideal, in last-fight situations or close brawls, it can be better to sacrifice a concerted usage of the bomb in order to ensure your team has their tank back, with a fresh set of cool-downs ensuring the Defense Matrix is available for protection. 

But another interesting fashion for taking advantage of D.Va’s Self-Destruct has been brought to light, which is even more situationally dependent. As shown by Reddit’s ‘chocwaf,’ the exploding MEKA retains its hitbox during the three seconds it takes to detonate, and that allows you (or your team) to use the ball of decimation as impenetrable cover against incoming damage (including enemy ultimates).


Protip: the mech’s hitbox during self destruct can keep you safe if you get whole hogged against a corner from Overwatch

In this particular situation, chocwaf is stuck in a corner of a room against an enemy Roadhog who begins to use his Whole Hog ultimate. While using Self-Destruct here may be inadvisable, as the hero is near enough to spawn to simply die and return without having wasted the ult, the clip still perfectly demonstrates a mechanic of the bomb that many appear unaware of.

When one is between a Whole Hog and a wall, they are quickly torn to bits, as the ultimate unleashes a ton of damage, which can not be avoided as the wall prevents them from being pushed back by the ultimate’s shrapnel. Here, chocwaf Self-Destructs and remains hidden between the exploding mech and the wall, enabling them to avoid all damage from the Roadhog’s ultimate and return to action.

As mentioned earlier, this may have not been the most optimal time to detonate and there may be few instances in which this is particularly useful, but it is most certainly worth knowing about. In moments where you plant the bomb, this shows that it retains its hitbox so you can actually hide behind and use it for three seconds of an impenetrable shield instead of running around in harm’s way.


How to find & beat Ruin Guards in Genshin Impact: best strategy

Published: 7/Oct/2020 22:56

by Meg Bethany Koepp


If you’re not prepared, Ruin Guards in Genshin Impact can mess your day up. They’re enormous, intimidating, and shoot homing missiles at you to boot. So, how do you defeat them? We’ve got everything you need to know so you can get the upper hand on these ruthless giants.

Genshin Impact is the latest craze to sweep 2020 by storm. First, we had Fall Guys, then Among Us, and now it’s miHoYo’s free-to-play action role-playing title. Fans are transported to the realm of Teyvat where they meet a whole host of characters who they can recruit to their team via gacha mechanics using real money.


The game is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild in its design, with players exploring its vast open-world to discover new locations, defeat enemies, find treasure, and more. One such foe you’ll encounter is the Ruin Guard – a scary-looking mechanical monster who can cause devastation if you don’t know what you’re doing. But that’s where we come in to help.

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The action RPG has a massive open world with lots to see and do.

Where to find Ruin Guards in Genshin Impact

If you haven’t come across one on your travels yet, you’re lucky – they’re terrifying. It’s self-explanatory, but they can be found guarding ruins and treasure. This means if you want to get your hands on the goods, you’ve got to go through them first! Their loot can be pretty good though, so if you’re up for the challenge, it’s worth seeking them out.


The first Guard you’ll probably find yourself up against is the one at the Thousand Winds Temple in Mondstadt. The RPG’s story takes you there in the first couple of hours, so you don’t need to go out of your way to find it.

Once you’ve conquered that one, there’s another at Brightcrown Canyon – which is on the northeast coast of Cider Lake – and also one in the Stombearer Mountains. There are likely more in other regions of the world, but they’ve not been discovered yet at the time of writing.

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Amber is one of the characters you should use to defeat Ruin Guards.

How to defeat Ruin Guards in Genshin Impact

So, you’ve found yourself in a Guard’s path, whether that’s deliberately or not. It locks eyes with you, and starts to chase you down, sending homing missiles your way as you try and dodge the carnage… What do you do?! There’s actually a specific method to the madness, but we suggest you’re at least level 18 before taking it on.


If you look at the giant’s head, you’ll see a glowing orange eye – that’s where you want to strike. There’s also a similar area on its back as well, which is revealed when it stops to ready the explosives it sends your way. In this case, you’ll want to play as an archer character to make hitting those critical spots a lot easier.

Amber is great for this, and you get her early on in the main story campaign so there’s no worries about not having someone on hand who can wield a bow and arrow. Fischl and Venti can also be used if you’ve been lucky enough to recruit them via the Wish mechanic.

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Ruin Guards put up a fight, so make sure you’re stocked up with healing items.

Once you’ve struck the monster at its weak points enough times, it’ll fall to the ground and this is when you’ll want to switch to a melee fighter and hack away at it with your sword or claymore. It’s also a good opportunity to unleash special attacks for maximum damage.


Do this enough times, and you’ll eventually win the battle. A nearby treasure chest will unlock too, handing you some sweet items as a reward. The mechanical beast might seem intimidating, but with some patience and a good battle strategy, you’ll soon reign victorious.