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Creative Overwatch tactics make breaking the Eichenwalde choke point easy

Published: 8/Mar/2019 9:10 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 9:26

by Joe O'Brien

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A creative Overwatch tactic lets teams avoid one of the toughest choke points in the game on Eichenwalde.

The entry to Eichenwalde’s first capture point is one of the most notorious choke points in Overwatch. Making it to the capture point was originally so tough that Blizzard had to redesign it slightly, offering a second avenue, but the choke remains very difficult to successfully break through.

By combining Mei’s Ice Wall and Symmetra’s teleporter, however, one team – featuring the likes of Liam_OW and AndyGMB, who some may recognize for their propensity for creative plays – was able to bypass the choke point entirely and catch the enemy team off guard.

Blizzard EntertainmentEichenwalde’s first point usually requires players to pass under the bridge into a defensive firing squad.

The tactic sees Mei place her Ice Wall high on the building immediately in front of the offensive spawn, which makes an elevated platform on which Symmetra can then place a teleporter to carry the entire team over the roof, bypassing the choke point entirely.

What’s particularly powerful about this tactic is that it is executed out of line-of-sight from the main choke point, so unless the enemy are very over-extended – in which case it should be very possible to punish them anyway – they will have no idea that it’s coming.

While it’s possible for certain heroes to find a way to the point without going through the choke, this tactic allows an entire team to do so, including the likes of tanks who would never otherwise be able to traverse the buildings.

This isn’t the only creative means of breaking through this location that these players have come up with, however. For a more head-on attack, a similar Mei wall tactic can be used to simply elevate the Reinhardt, allowing him to charge over the bridge to smash into the enemy defenses.

It’s very possible for teams in matchmaking to spend an entire offensive round banging their heads against the main choke point, but keeping these tactics in mind could very well improve your success rate on the map.

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Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.