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Improve Overwatch tank play on Eichenwalde with powerful tactics

Published: 31/May/2019 14:31 Updated: 31/May/2019 14:59

by Joe O'Brien


The Los Angeles Gladiators have produced a video covering useful tactics for improving your tank play on Overwatch map Eichenwalde.

While often not as popular as the flashier Damage role, tanking is nevertheless a crucial aspect of success in Overwatch.

A tank’s role is often largely both defensive and reactive, with the main function of the position being to keep the rest of the team alive so they can focus on eliminating the enemies and capturing the objectives.

That doesn’t mean tanks can’t make proactive, game-changing plays themselves, however, and for aspiring tank players Overwatch League team LA Gladiators have released a video explaining how to do just that on Eichenwalde.

The video runs through a series of four tactics, each for a different tank hero, focused on playing around some of the key locations that determine success or failure on the map.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe Eichenwalde bridge is a notoriously tough choke point to break through.

The first details a tactic with Wrecking Ball to help attacking teams break through the first major choke point on the map, the bridge that separates the attacking spawn area from the location of the first capture point.

Wrecking Ball can bypass this choke entirely by swinging around the outside of the map and over the wall, dropping down on defenders and causing a disruption that should allow the rest of the team to push in behind him.

The second tip covers the defending side of the choke, detailing how to make the most of the classic “halt-hook” combo with Orisa and Roadhog. For D.Va players, the video also covers how to shuffle an exploding mech off a ledge to catch enemies off guard.

The second tip covers the defending side of the choke, detailing how to make the most of the classic “halt-hook” combo with Orisa and Roadhog. For D.Va players, the video also covers how to shuffle an exploding mech of a ledge to catch enemies off guard.

Finally, the video also covers a sneaky charge tactic with Reinhardt on defense. If you can make it to the side of the attacking spawn room during the set-up time, you have the opportunity to get a pin as the doors open and players come out.

If you execute it properly, the distance to the edge of the map is perfect so that the enemy will be thrown to their death, but you’ll survive and be able to quickly fall back to your standard defensive position.

All four tactics offer a means of catching the enemies off guard, giving tank players the opportunity to more actively impact the game rather than just sitting back and defending their team.


Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
Blizzard Entertainment
Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.