Game-breaking Overwatch exploit scores easy wins on Busan with Hammond - Dexerto

Game-breaking Overwatch exploit scores easy wins on Busan with Hammond

Published: 4/May/2020 1:43

by Bill Cooney


Wrecking Ball can be one of Overwatch’s most annoying heroes on some maps, and now it seems another map has been found where he can contest the point almost indefinitely.

Every Overwatch player has run into those Hammond players who insist on contesting point by grappling on to the center of a point and spinning around.

Usually, this is only possible on maps with a structure of some kind in the middle of the point, like Oasis Gardens and Nepal’s Shrine stage, for example, but now players have discovered you can actually pull it off on Busan’s Mecha Base as well.

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There doesn’t seem to be anywhere for Hammond to grab on to on Mecha Base, but it’s definitely there.

Reddit user ilias_kalliakmanis is the one we have to thank for bringing this 100 percent reproducible exploit to our attention.

On the Mecha Base capture point, there’s a small, raised part running through the center of the circle. At first glance, you wouldn’t even think to try and grapple on to it since there’s almost nothing there. Until now, that is.

As ilias shows, it’s definitely possible to grapple onto the line, and then spin around the point annoying any enemy that isn’t playing as Sombra or Mei.

*EXPLOIT* This fat line model thing in the center of the point on Busan Mecha Base is collidable and it makes for Wreaking Ball spin grapples. Blizzard please fix. from r/Overwatch

Even though ilias was begging Blizzard to remove this, most of the responses in the comments were thanking him for bringing this cheese strat to their attention.

It’s definitely a strategy you don’t see every day, but it’s not really taking advantage of a glitch or a bug so whether or not developers will remove it remains to be seen.

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As if Hammond wasn’t already annoying enough before this.

So, the next time Busan comes up in the map rotation, keep an eye out for Wrecking Balls trying to pull a fast one and steal an easy win.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.