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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.