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How to pull off high-flying Overwatch flanks with new Doomfist trick

Published: 23/Jul/2020 8:27 Updated: 23/Jul/2020 8:44

by Brad Norton

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Doomfist is already one of the most mobile heroes in Overwatch, but a new trick allows the Nigerian damage dealer to reach high ground easier than ever before.

Few heroes in Overwatch are capable of moving around the map quite like Doomfist. While some can fly and others can climb to new vantage points, Doomfist can rapidly close the distance on any given target. Whether it’s his Seismic Slam or his Rocket Punch, he can get out of a rough position in an instant.

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More experienced players have uncovered cheeky techniques that allow for more devastating plays. While he’s been a member of the Overwatch lineup for three years, more discoveries are still being made.

The latest trick allows Doomfist to use his competition to gain the upper hand, quite literally. Rather than slamming into an enemy for quick damage, it turns out that opposing heroes can be used for your own movement instead.

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You Can Doom Bounce Punch Off Enemies from Overwatch

When charging your Rocket Punch ability as Doomfist you now have a few options. If your opponent is weak and a single hit would finish them off, going for the kill would be wise. However, if they’re surrounded by Supports and one touch won’t be enough, they can still be used to your advantage.

Simply jump before your punch animation starts, and the damage will be completely ignored. The targeted opponent won’t be hit, their position won’t change, and no damage will be applied. Why would anyone choose to do this? Well, Doomfist can actually use this trick to launch himself into the sky.

Enemies can be used as launching pads if you time things just right. Colliding with their hitbox will send you sky-high, allowing for a quick reposition. Whether you want to Seismic Slam back down to the ground, or just reach new high ground, the possibilities are there.

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It can be great for getting yourself out of trouble too. If enemies are swarming around you, all hope isn’t quite lost. One use of the trick and you could quickly escape to safety.

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Doomfist can surprisingly use enemy heroes as bounce pads, though the trick won’t work on allies.

Given how niche the technique is, it would be advisable to test out the timing for yourself in a custom game. Once you’ve got it down-pat, you might be able to surprise your enemies with this neat Doomfist tech.

While no new heroes have been added since Echo in March, new tactics have been keeping things fresh for an assortment of heroes. Reinhardt mains can benefit from this handy detail and Wrecking Ball players should stay wary of this game-saving maneuver

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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.