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LA Gladiators’ Surefour describes what it takes to improve in Overwatch

Published: 13/Nov/2018 18:40 Updated: 13/Nov/2018 18:41

by Joe O'Brien


Los Angeles Gladiators’ Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts had some advice for aspiring Overwatch players during a recent stream.

The Overwatch League star took a quick moment to outline some key elements in advancing as a competitive player.

One of the most veteran players in Overwatch, Surefour was among the first to establish himself as a star in the game’s beta. He originally made his name competing for the team that became Cloud9, who were the most successful North American squad of the pre-OWL era.

Of the stars of those earliest days, few remain competing at the highest level. In the nearly three years of Overwatch competition, plenty of players have fallen away after a short stint at the top.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentWith the Gladiators, Surefour reached two stage playoffs and the main playoffs of Overwatch League Season One.

It’s not just the pinnacle of Surefour’s skill, then, but his consistency and longevity that makes him particularly qualified to speak on the topic of what it takes to become and remain a top player.

Surefour addresses some general points, such as dedication and a willingness to sacrifice time in other areas of life, as well as pointing to some common pitfalls in Overwatch specifically – like players often being too quick to blame their shortcomings on the play of others.

Although Surefour’s advice is aimed at Overwatch players – in this instance specifically those wishing to hit a particular ranked goal, like reaching the top 500 on the ladder – it’s also advice of a more general form, applicable in many ways to any goal of improvement.


Insane Overwatch Wrecking Ball Tracer combo obliterates enemy teams

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:14

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find some new synergy between two unlikely heroes should look no further than a lethal combination with Tracer and Wrecking Ball.

Wrecking Ball can be one of the most annoying heroes in the game to deal with, constantly booping people away while remaining in his ball form.

Meanwhile, Tracer can do very much of the same, buzzing in the backline, harassing supports and just being a general menace to deal with thanks to her Blinks, Recall and small hit box.

Together, the threat of Tracer and Wrecking Ball can really dominate uncoordinated teams, but with a little coordination on their own part, the two can destroy entire groups with a neat ultimate attack.

Wrecking Ball piledrives enemies on Junkertown
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Wrecking Ball can be a major threat in the back line.

As demonstrated by Twitch streamer ‘rene_ow,’ the Masters ranked Hammond player spotted a pack of enemies all grouped up on the Busan map.

After grappling to go in for a major boop on the four, the player’s allied Tracer blinked in and stuck her Pulse Bomb on the McCree.

With the McCree booped into the rest of the adversaries, the result ended up being a massive quad kill, with both supports and DPS heroes on the enemy team eliminated swiftly.

The insane combo was well-received by the team, which celebrated the quad kill. “That was nuts!” they cried with glee.

Perhaps the best part of this combo is that you don’t need the stick to connect. In theory, you can have Wrecking Ball knock the enemies towards Tracer or her Pulse Bomb radius to secure the frags.

This type of team play may take some serious effort to get right, but if you have a partner you synergize well with, it’s always possible that this combination can help you win Overwatch games, and rank up in style.