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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
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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 meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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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.