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How to master Lúcio’s boop in new Overwatch Workshop mode

Published: 6/Jul/2019 20:34 Updated: 6/Jul/2019 21:02

by Bill Cooney

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Every Lúcio main worth their salt in Overwatch needs to have a working knowledge of how to boop, but a new Workshop mode from DarwinStreams can help you master one of the hero’s most useful abilities.

Officially known as the “Soundwave”, Lúcio’s boop deals 25 damage while knocking enemies in front of him backwards, but it can be difficult at times to get the distance just right.

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All Lúcio players know the feeling of diving in for a massive boop but being just a bit too far away and missing out on the sweet, sweet environmental kills, so Overwatch Workshop whiz DarwinStreams decided to give players a tool to perfect their boop range.

The Lúcioball training begins.

“That’s how you get Tinnitus”

To fix the problem of misjudging boop distance, Darwin created a section for Lúcio in his upcoming Range Trainer Workshop mode that shows the exact distance his boop is effective at.

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A circle around Lúcio shows the range where his boop can knock opponents back and a floating orb shows where he should aim for maximum boop power.

Blizzard EntertainmentReddit Lúcio’s and Lucio mains alike need to have at least some booping skills.

Using this and the help of bots, players can dial in their boops and get the exact distance down to always be a threat wherever there’s an edge.

The Boop training is just part of DarwinStreams massive upcoming Range Trainer Workshop mode, which is yet to be released, but what we’ve seen so far is pretty promising.

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Seeing as how the mode hasn’t been released yet, there’s no code available right now, but you can follow along with Darwin and his Workshop adventures on Twitch.

Speaking of boops, when will Lucioball be back?

Everyone’s favorite (or least favorite, there’s no in-between) Overwatch event mini game should return this year with the Summer Games event.

We don’t know exactly when Summer Games will begin, but Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan did say earlier in the year that it would start sometime towards the beginning of August.

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Blizzard EntertainmentLucioball should be back with Summer Games this year.

Hopefully DarwinStream’s training mode is out by August to allow Lucio mains to perfect their boops before heading into the arena.

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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.