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McCree Overwatch Workshop mode helps players master the Flashbang

Published: 26/Jun/2019 18:22 Updated: 26/Jun/2019 18:35

by Bill Cooney

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A new June 18 update increased the speed of his primary fire to allow him to deal more damage and turned him into an absolute killing machine.

Now, Overwatch Workshop guru DarwinStreams has made a training mode that shows players the exact range of his Flashbang ability to help them get their stuns on point.

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Blizzard EntertainmentMcCree’s Flashbang is one of his most powerful moves.

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McCree’s Flashbang has a 3 meter area of effect when thrown, and stuns enemies for just under one second (0.7 seconds, to be exact). 

It’s one of the most powerful tools in his kit, so DarwinStreams’ training mode has come at the perfect time for players looking to get into McCree.

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In the mode, McCree has no cooldown on Flashbang, and the abilities’ range of effect is displayed as a purple orb, which seems slightly larger than what players might expect. Using the Flashbang orb, players can experiment with stunning opponents in different areas on a map, and really just get the general feel for how to use the ability effectively.

There’s no Workshop code available for the mode yet, but Darwin said it was “part of my upcoming “Range tool” that will visualize range of every ability in the game, and trust me, you’d be surprised with a lot of them.”

Big changes coming to Overwatch?

Along with the massive June 18 patch, there was also a report on June 24 that the Overwatch League would be switching to a 2-2-2 role lock for Stage 4 of the current season.

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This would be one of the biggest changes the League and Overwatch Competitive play has seen since the game came out, and it could be an indicator of what’s to come for the rest of us eventually.

Besides a potential role lock, Overwatch’s Hero 31 will be coming out sometime this summer, according to Jeff Kaplan. Fans have plenty of theories about the identity of the newest hero, but so far, we don’t know anything for sure.

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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.