Hanamura could be Overwatch’s most balanced map - Dexerto

Hanamura could be Overwatch’s most balanced map

Published: 15/Sep/2019 23:46 Updated: 30/Apr/2020 17:01

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch enthusiast Owlero has discovered that the two different routes from Hanamura’s spawn both reach the Point A chokepoint in the same amount of time.

Almost since Overwatch has come out, players have been confident that the route from Hanamura’s spawn leading right over the gap gets them back into the fight around Point A quicker.

A new study from Owlero shows this isn’t necessarily true, though the route leading over the gap (which can be taken by any hero) still does provide players with a few more advantages.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe gap route is popular with heroes that have a lot of mobility, even though it can be used by anyone.600

So, which route is faster?

Owlero timed how long it took them to reach the Point A choke on Hanamura with Hanzo by measuring each route, and found it took the exact same time to reach the choke with both routes – 26.20 seconds to be exact.

So if you’re trying to get back to A to help your team hold the choke, it doesn’t really matter which route you take, as far as time is concerned at least.

I wanted to see which route on Hanamura was the fastest… from r/Overwatch

But, the route over the gap to the right still does have a few advantages over the route through the courtyard.

For one, it gives players an earlier line of sight on the choke, which allows them to start putting damage downrange sooner than the other route does.

The right path also lets players get to Point A faster, which is invaluable if your team is trying to hold off attackers who have made it to the point.

The route over the gap is still the faster way to get to Point A on Hanamura.

Owlero is a busy Overwatch fan

Besides testing the various Hanamura rollouts, Owlero has also been hard at work finding the dark secrets that lurk beneath the surface of Overwatch’s heroes.

Specifically the hats on different hero skins, which each seem to contain their own dark secret like Moira’s bald head or Reaper’s abysmal hairline.

OwleroReaper, please find a barber that can fix that hairline, we’re begging you.

For players who like to use heroes with no movement abilities though, Owlero’s Hanamura research could end up coming in clutch in some situations.

Just be careful jumping over the gap, because dying there would only add to the time it takes to reach Point A.


How to find cute new Overwatch Halloween easter egg at Chateau Guillard

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:47

by Theo Salaun


During the spookiest time of the year, Overwatch’s fans have discovered a cute, quaint easter egg in the game’s Chateau Guillard map, which has enjoyed a Halloween makeover.

Overwatch’s developers over at Blizzard do not take October’s biggest holiday for granted, as they celebrate the costume and candy festivities each year with reworked maps and new cosmetics.

This year, players have taken to exploring the Halloween version of Chateau Guillard, and are appreciating the various adjustments.

Now set under moonlight, the extensive French chateau most popularly known for deathmatch custom games is also becoming known for spooky Halloween details. Having released in 2018’s event, players are still making discoveries in the version of Chateau Guillard at night.

Normally, people get distracted by the fog and darkness, or maybe the jack-o’-lanterns and subterranean coffin.

But, taking a trip to the red study room, Redditor ‘YHJ_JYG_Kryptlock’ has discovered a neat little Overwatch easter egg involving candle wicks.

red study room chateau guillard overwatch
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The new Halloween easter egg appears in Chateau Guillard’s red study room.

As they demonstrate in the clip below, if you shoot each wick of the candelabra, the candles will briefly light. It’s nothing crazy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a neat addition to an already detailed revamped map.

To find this easter egg, you’ll first need to find the red study room.

If you’re facing inward to the chateau from the outdoor area with a jump pad and statue, this room will be toward the back right as you enter. If you’re on the opposite end, at the balcony’s health pack, this will be to your left as you enter the chateau.

How to find Chateau Guillard’s Halloween easter egg

  1. Head to the red study room
  2. Locate the standing candelabra, in the back right of the room at the corner near the bookshelf
  3. Shoot the candle wicks
  4. Enjoy the lit candles
  5. Make a wish?

If you shoot the candles wicks in Château Guillard (Halloween) you will light them on fire. from Overwatch

Ultimately, it’s a very simple easter egg, but a cute one. In a map covered in so much dreary darkness thanks to Halloween, lighting candles is a nice contrast.

Of course, it also makes for a decent party trick. So if you load into custom games, feel free to impress your friends by showing off your detailed map knowledge.