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Hammond throws some shade in his new Overwatch Storm Rising skin

Published: 12/Apr/2019 18:45 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 19:06

by Bill Cooney

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Wrecking Ball is the latest hero to get a new skin announced for the Overwatch Storm rising event on Friday, April 12.

Wrecking Ball, AKA Hammond, is the fifth hero to have a new skin for the Storm Rising event revealed, after McCree, Moira, Junkrat, and Baptiste.

Hammond’s new skin for the event is called “High Roller,” and it was revealed on the PlayStation Twitter account instead of the usual main Overwatch account.

Overwatch also previewed a new Hammond highlight intro based on the famous dramatic chipmunk meme.

Hammond: officially a baller

The first thing most players will notice are Hammond’s new sunglasses, which have already gotten a huge reaction from fans on Twitter.

Hammond’s mech likewise has a new, expensive color scheme for the event, sporting slick black, gold and red.

Apart from the colors and the sunglasses, this skin doesn’t change a whole lot, so it will be listed as an Epic for 1500 coins.

Some players seem excited about the skin, but others aren’t blown away, and one mentioned that Overwatch missed the perfect opportunity for an 8 Ball Hammond skin.

What else do we know about Storm Rising?

We now have five skins confirmed for the event, with a leak from April 10 pointing to two more possible legendaries for Bastion and Ashe.

As far as the event itself goes, we know Storm Rising will feature a brand-new PvE event, and a new map, Havana, which has been previewed in the background of every new 2019 Archives skin so far.

Storm Rising is set to officially get going on April 16, so anything we don’t know now about the event we should know by then.

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Sneaky Overwatch spot makes Genji the ultimate flanker on Hanamura

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:54

by Theo Salaun

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Genji was already one of Overwatch’s sneakiest flankers, but then the game’s players discovered an absurd spot on Hanamura that lets you simply defy physics to dive behind enemy lines. 

Genji is a slender, bionic ninja with speedy abilities and, typically, a penchant for subterfuge. There is perhaps no spooky sight more familiar to Overwatch’s beloved support players than an enemy Genji who has stealthily snuck past their tanks and DPS teammates to seek out blood.

On a normal day, the metal menace uses some combination of his speed, wall-climbing, and dashing abilities to enjoy unique flanking routes that are difficult for enemies to predict or counteract. But, a recently exposed Hanamura trick allows him to suddenly surprise the back line on Point A.

Hanamura’s Point A features a central structure enclosing the point, which is shaped rectangularly, with four wide openings and numerous gridded windows. There’s a big bell in the middle of the point and the whole thing feels very elegant. Still, this new Genji trick can ruin the peace enjoyed by enemies standing near the bell.

To all my fellow Genji players I found a nice way to dash right into the enemy backline from Overwatch

As shared by ‘Yeast_chanxxx’ on Reddit, a Genji can stand atop the balcony facing Hanamura’s Point A structure and use his dash ability to slice through the gridded window. This allows you to bypass the traditional chokes of the main point and get right into the action. It requires your dash to be available, your angle positioning to be accurate, and, in the future, will likely require a patch.

This trick has to be entirely unintentional, as even players’ bullets have trouble traveling through those windows. If it’s difficult for an attacker to shoot through those wooden grids to destroy a turret sitting behind, then it doesn’t make any sense that a 35-year-old ninja can slip through them instantaneously.

Overwatch Genji in-game
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Genji is bigger than a bullet.

For now, the spot remains in the game and Genji mains who frequent Reddit will be sure to try and take advantage of it. Although some, including a commenter who goes by ‘Inuit195,’ may simply not want to abuse the glitch.

Inuit195 had a simple question when they first saw the video of the bugged, physics-defying trick: “Wait can you be banned for using this glitch?”

The answer is likely no, as Blizzard have typically sought to address glitches by patching them out of the game rather than by punishing people who use them. For now, fans are eagerly awaiting an answer: is Genji able to shapeshift or is this a bug?