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Every new Overwatch Dance Emote for Ashe, Baptiste and Wrecking Ball – with video

Published: 21/May/2019 20:17 Updated: 21/May/2019 21:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s newest heroes: Ashe, Baptiste and Wrecking Ball are all getting new dance emotes for the 2019 Anniversary event.

Overwatch introduced dance emotes for heroes during the first Anniversary event in 2017 and they’re one of the most popular emotes among players to bust out in spawn.

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Listed below are all three of the new dances for Ashe, Baptiste and Hammond for the 2019 Anniversary event.

Ashe — Line Dance

Like McCree, Ashe’s dance is called “Line Dance”, which is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows.

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In the United States line dancing is popular with country music, so it’s an obvious choice for McCree and Ashe, Overwatch’s resident cowpokes. 

Seeing as how Roadhog and Junkrat have a high-five Easter Egg when they do their dance emote together, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that there’s a similar hidden dance interaction between Ashe and McCree.

There is one thing that’s bugging us about Ashe’s new dance emote though: it doesn’t include B.O.B.

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Baptiste — Konpa Dance

Before you start: no this isn’t the Pon Pon dance. Konpa (AKA Compas or Komba) is a style of Haitian dance music and was made popular by a Haitian musician named Nemours Jean-Baptiste (we see you Blizzard).

Its pretty cool that the Overwatch team gave Baptiste a dance that represents his Haitian heritage and finally allows him to bust a move with everyone else.

Hammond — Hamster Dance

Finally we have Wrecking Ball/Hammond who has been given the very appropriate “Hamster Dance” which is based on very deep cut of internet lore.

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Back in the heady days of the internet circa 1997, before even the first StarCraft was originally released (1998) there was a website called Hamsterdance.com that featured a gif of hamsters dancing along with this song.

We don’t know for sure whether this was the inspiration for Hammond’s “Hamster Dance”, but if you watch the dance with the song playing the background, it honestly goes together way to well to be a coincidence.

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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.