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”Illegal” Wrecking Ball rollout will catch Overwatch enemies off-guard

Published: 25/Jan/2020 23:19 Updated: 25/Jan/2020 23:30

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch players have discovered a new technique that allows Hammond to fly out of spawn at full speed to meet enemies before they know what’s going on.

One of the best parts about Wrecking Ball is getting his mech up to speed and bowling over any member of the opposing team unlucky enough to be in your way.

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Now, an Overwatch player on Reddit named Zunder_IT has explained how anyone can pull off this interesting technique.

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Hammond is always ready to roll into the enemy team, especially with this technique.

In the clip, Hammond uses his grapple to stick himself on the wall in front of the main door on Volskaya, which allows him to charge up and zoom out of spawn at top speed.

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The trick is to roll Wrecking Ball in the opposite direction of his grapple, so if it’s directly behind you, all you do is roll forward, away from it.

In spawn rooms with a wall before the door like Volskaya, for example, he can use the technique to stick himself on the wall in front of the door and speed up to surprise any enemies that might be waiting.

But the technique isn’t limited to spawn, it can be used wherever there’s a wall and a place for Wrecking Ball to grapple on to.

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Of course, Hammond has to stay in ball form to get everything set up, which makes him fairly vulnerable before he’s at speed.

Zunder_IT posted another clip of the technique where they entertain the enemy team after the rest of their team leaves.

This clip also shows that he doesn’t even have to be moving to damage and knock back enemies while rolling on the wall.

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My team left and I showed the enemy team a neat Hammond Tech from r/Overwatch

In other Wrecking Ball news, Hammond also got a new Lunar New Year skin that turns everyone’s favorite Overwatch rodent gold.

So be sure to get your “Paper Cutting” skin before Lunar New Year ends to really flex on enemies when you knock them out of the way coming from spawn.

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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.