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Neat Overwatch trick allows players to escape Junkrat’s mine unscathed

Published: 15/Feb/2020 19:39

by Bill Cooney


Junkrat’s mines are one of the most annoying and dangerous abilities in Overwatch to deal with, but a simple melee can do a lot to counter it.

MInes are one of the most useful and infuriating abilities in Junkrat’s kit. They send enemies flying, along with dealing up to 130 damage and when paired with his trap, can take out almost any non-tank hero.


That is unless you’re quick enough on the draw with a melee, which can destroy a Junkrat mine instantly when you’re stuck in his trap.


Overwatch player xXedgykid69Xx shared a clip of the simple technique in action on Reddit, and it seems to work like a charm.


“Pro overwatch tip everyone probably knows already: melee when you get trapped and it’ll destroy the mine,” edgykid explained.

In the clip, Ashe gets trapped and is facing certain doom, until she melees the mine waiting to take her out. 

The mine in the clip looked to be in front of her, but meleeing also works the same when the mine is directly below you on top of the trap as well.


The technique is painfully obvious if you didn’t realize it before, because players have always been able to destroy enemy Junkrat mines by shooting or damaging them.

But to be fair, the first thing that goes through a lot of players’ minds when they get trapped by Junkrat is probably blind, instinctive panic, instead of immediately trying to punch a possible mine.

So the next time you find yourself trapped by Junkrat, remember to melee and you might just save yourself from dying – unless he’s is lying in wait to finish you off, that is.

Blizzard EntertainmentThere’s nothing more annoying than a thorough Junkrat player.

As edgykid said, this isn’t new by any means, but it is one of those techniques that a lot of players might not be aware of, even if it’s been around forever.


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.