Insane new Overwatch rollout lets Wrecking Ball fly through Hollywood - Dexerto

Insane new Overwatch rollout lets Wrecking Ball fly through Hollywood

Published: 23/Aug/2020 23:19

by Theo Salaun


An innovative Overwatch player on Reddit has shown off an absurd Hammond rollout, or “Ball boost,” when attacking Point A on Hollywood as a Wrecking Ball.

Rollouts present unique mobility opportunities dependent on character and map, as made incredibly popular by the assortment of dedicated Lucio mains in Overwatch. But Hammond mains are crafty too and, using the technologically gifted hamster’s grappling hook and a car, have figured out how to soar toward Hollywood’s Point A.

Overwatch overhead view of Hollywood
Getting to Hollywood’s Point A isn’t always the easiest thing for attackers to do.

A firm chokepoint stands between the attackers and defenders on Hollywood’s Point A, as a wide archway is easily defended and the narrow doorway to the side can easily spell disaster given how tightly it funnels attackers (particularly if the defenders have a Junkrat or something similar).

But when you can’t go through or around, you can sometimes go over. And Hammond mains can now do so, possibly faster than a Pharah, Echo, D.Va, or any other vertically mobile hero may be able to.


I love this ball boost on Hollywood! from Overwatch

As shown by ‘QuantumAwesome3’ on Reddit, Hammond can grapple directly out of spawn, using the first street post, past the first car, and then onto the second blue car to get a nifty boost upward and over the smaller hallway choke’s structure. This mobility then allows you to hastily soar over the choke and start your Piledrive, either directly onto the high ground defenders use to overlook the choke or onto Point A itself.

In QuantumAwesome3’s case, they recognize that a defending Baptiste is utilizing the high ground for some safety and quickly drop onto him, landing that damage, and smartly bursting him down with Hammond’s Quad Cannons before he can use his Immortality Field as he drops back toward the point.

In a moment of impressive team cohesion, the attacking WB’s team is able to storm through the choke as the entire defending team tries to drop backward in the confusion spurred by the rollout’s aggression.

Hammond Wrecking Ball Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
The ability to seamlessly pull off a rollout enables Hammond to direct his team’s attack.

The defending team reacts as quickly as they can to the Wrecking Ball’s sudden arrival, but are forced to walk backwards toward the point as the rest of the hamster’s team pushes forward. This enables QuantumAwesome3 to put shots on the defending Soldier 76 next, who is forced to move off of his Biotic Field.

By the time Hammond has a defending team’s Roadhog in his face, he’s able to activate his shields and roll behind his Reinhardt’s shield. Capitalizing on that vehicle’s launchpad potential enables the attacking team to surge past the choke and hit the point, inspiring tank players everywhere.


Overwatch devs make Elon Musk’s dreams come true by buffing Torbjorn

Published: 14/Oct/2020 3:20 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 3:21

by Michael Gwilliam


UPDATE (October 13, 7PM PT): Mere hours after Elon Musk confirmed that his Overwatch main was Torbjorn, the Overwatch developers released a video showcasing a newly buffed version of the Damage hero, per his request.

Elon Musk asked for a buff to Torb’s turret and that’s exactly what he got. In the same day that his main hero was made public, the Overwatch team fulfilled his requests and gave Torb one of his biggest buffs to date in a hilarious bite-sized clip.


The video shows Torb’s deployable turrets soaring off the ground. Three of them remained floating in the sky all at once, blasting down any foe that dared to step out on the moon.

It’s no secret that tech billionaire Elon Musk plays video games, but on October 13, he shocked the internet when he revealed his Overwatch main and how he would buff the hero.


After making a rather random tweet about the “The Illuminaughty” – a clever play on words, YouTuber twomad asked the 49-year-old if he mains Torbjorn in Overwatch.

Regardless of how the weird topic got started, Elon replied saying “um… yes” confirming he does in fact play Blizzard’s hero-based FPS and mains the Swedish engineer.

The unlikely response earned Musk a whopping 26,000 likes. For much of Overwatch’s lifespan, Torb was considered a bit of a joke or throw pick who offered very little benefit on attack.


However, after a major rework, the DPS has grown increasingly stronger and is actually one of the most viable heroes in the game at all levels right now.

Sadly, Musk didn’t state how long he had been playing Overwatch or Torbjorn for that matter, so it’s possible that he had only played when the hero wasn’t as good or only after the big rework happened.

Even the official Overwatch Twitter account decided to get in on the fun and replied to Musk with a picture of a giant Torbjorn turret on Mars.


“We’ve been thinking about this for a while,” they captioned the humorous picture. “Call us.”

Furthermore, Musk went on to explain how he would buff Torbjorn and the ideas were interesting to say the least. “Please buff Torb’s turret!” he exclaimed. “Or maybe 2 weak turrets to allow more strategic degrees of freedom.”


It was certainly an interesting reply and a sign that we could be looking at one of the most ambitious crossovers in history if Overwatch takes Elon up on his idea.

Though it’s unlikely that we’ll see Musk’s ideas make it to the game, but there’s always the Experimental Mode, so it’s possible Elon could end up getting his wish.

Who knows – maybe next time you’re in a game and a player won’t swap off Torb, it may be Elon Musk of all people.