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Epic Wrecking Ball Oasis roll-out guarantees first flag in Overwatch CTF

Published: 4/Feb/2020 13:22

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player showed off an amazing Wrecking Ball rollout that allows for incredibly fast flag captures on Oasis City Center.

Wrecking Ball is perhaps the fastest hero in Overwatch when his kit is used to its full effect, but Overwatch player VaughnFry demonstrated a particularly rapid rollout in Capture the Flag on Oasis City Center that allowed for a very early lead.

With some help from a Lúcio speed boost, Wrecking Ball immediately grapples from the nearest structure to the spawn room and launches himself over the buildings surrounding the central control point.

The momentum is so great that it carries him all the way to the enemy flag, arriving at it just six seconds after the spawn doors begin to open, and allowing him to make his way back towards his own team’s side before the enemy even arrive.

Ultimate rollout. Period. from r/Overwatch

Obviously, this tactic is particularly effective for Capture the Flag Blitz, a faster-paced variant of CTF that places the flags closer to one another. While teams need six captures in Blitz rather than the standard three, getting one for free right off the bat is still nothing to sniff at.

That being said, it’s also a useful trick to have up your sleeve for other modes, whether it be for taking early positioning in a Control game, or simply returning to the fight as quickly as possible in any mode.

Wrecking Ball in his Paper Cutting skin on Lijiang Tower
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Players can get the ‘Paper Cutting’ Wrecking Ball skin for completing the last weekly challenge of Lunar New Year.

Players who do wish to make use of this trick in Capture the Flag will want to try it out sooner rather than later, however, as both the standard and Blitz variants of the game mode are currently available as part of the Lunar New Year event, which is coming to a close on February 5.

For those that haven’t completed it already, this week’s challenge also offers the Wrecking Ball ‘Paper Cutting’ skin to those who win nine games, and this technique might even help you on your way.

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Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl

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An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.