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

Published: 4/Feb/2020 13:22

by Joe O'Brien


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.


Amazing Overwatch Mercy fan art would make the perfect Steampunk skin

Published: 12/Jan/2021 12:48

by Lauren Bergin


Mercy is one of Overwatch’s most iconic heroes. The Swiss medic has become the face of Blizzard’s staple FPS, but one fan reimagined her in some beautiful artwork that would make an amazing in-game skin.

It’s safe to say that Overwatch players and gamers all across the globe can easily identify Mercy. The Alpine doctor has become one of the faces of the Blizzard’s FPS, both in the casual sphere and the esports realm.

A recent Valentine’s Day skin concept called Lovebringer Mercy took the internet by storm because of the sheer amount of detail that went into its creation.

One Reddit user has taken a very different, but no less romantic, approach to the Overwatch support in an amazing piece of fan art. So much so, we’d love to see a virtual version of their concept.

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Mercy’s Sugar Plum Fairy skin has some Christmas romance about it, but this concept is much darker.

Fan creates Steampunk Mercy

One of world’s most interesting trends is the Steampunk sector, which reimagines Victorian and period style clothing transformed into modern day garments. It’s often associated with the more alternative sphere, with dark Steampunk paying homage to historical funeral wear.

It’s this style that artist leo_queval has imagined Mercy in. A huge deviation from her white, angelic form, the image sees her robotic wings transformed into black feathered ones and her halo become an ebony version of its former self.

Her outfit is very different from her usual, more clinical style. Sporting a deep purple corset adorned with an asymmetric lace bottom, the outfit flows behind her and adds an heir of elegance. Her suspenders, coupled with purple knee high heels give her that extra element of noir romance.

I made a fanart of Mercy in a “dark steampunk” style ! from r/Overwatch

Fans react

While there’s a lot of discussion in the comments in an attempt to pin down exactly what style the outfit would fall under, the love for this piece is unanimous.

One fan wrote: “If Blizzard took this, changed her glide to have a ‘dark fade’ effect, have crows/birds follow her, give her unique ‘dark’ dialogue and emotes, and have her portrait change in the in-game ‘tab’ stats menu, I would spend money on this.”

Another commenter echoed this, responding with: “This is absolutely incredible. I wish this was a skin!”

A final fan urged the artist to “ignore the nit-picking. You put a lot of effort in to this piece and it shows. Yeah, Mercy looks stellar, but you even went all-in on the background! Great work, OP!”

So whether this is a truly Steampunk Mercy or more along the lines of dark fantasy or lolita, it doesn’t matter. Fans are loving this idea and want a skin that shows a slightly more edgy side of our favorite healer. Blizzard have given their characters more gothic style designs in its MOBA Heroes of the Storm, so maybe’ll we’ll see some crossover into Overwatch 2. We certainly hope so!