New Overwatch animation cancel trick lets McCree do even more damage

Published: 27/Dec/2020 21:09

by Michael Gwilliam


Even though McCree is one of Overwatch’s original heroes, players are still finding new tricks with him, such as an animation cancel that makes the cowboy even deadlier.

McCree can be a massive threat in the hands of skilled Overwatch players who have the aim necessary to make use of his Peacekeeper six-shooter to inflict massive damage.

Throughout the years, there have been some tricks discovered that make use of other tools in McCree’s arsenal to ensure that his ammo count remains high. These include basic tips such as rolling to automatically reload or activating his Deadeye ultimate and then canceling it to have his Peacekeeper’s capacity refresh.

Now, players have found a new use with the ultimate that lets McCree cancel its animation with his Flashbang and do even more damage by shooting instantly.

Lifeguard McCree wields his weapon
Blizzard Entertainment
Animation cancels are advanced Overwatch tricks.

In a post on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, user iStormBlaze posted a video from a stream featuring high-level player John ‘Wanted’ Lin playing on Rialto.

In the clip, Wanted activates Deadeye, which lets McCree lock on to nearby enemy heroes, doing more damage the longer he charges up, and then fires. However, as McCree shoots, Wanted uses the Flashbang on an enemy Doomfist, canceling the ultimate before finishing off the stunned Doomfist with a regular shot.

Normally, McCree throws the Flashbang with his left hand and shoots with his right, but here, the animation is so fast, we never even see the left hand on the screen. This also means that McCree can start shooting immediately, saving time.

Mcree can animation cancel his ult with stun and shoot instantly from Competitiveoverwatch

This trick can be especially useful if you’re ever under threat by flankers or certain tanks while you’re in the middle of using the ultimate.

Deadeye is hardly considered to be the best ability in Overwatch, but the fact that it reloads your weapon gives it some nice secondary uses. By using the Flashbang like this, a lot of enemies will never see the stun coming, leaving them extremely vulnerable.

It will be interesting to see if Blizzard decides to keep this animation cancel tech in the game or if the developers patch it out. Nonetheless, it’s a nice trick that you can take advantage of, at least for the time being.

Call of Duty

Warzone fans argue that Black Ops Cold War’s guns should be removed

Published: 17/Jan/2021 1:32

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone’s fans are reacting to weeks of meta concerns and bugs by engaging in a large, heated debate about repealing Black Ops Cold War’s integration and removing all BOCW guns from Verdansk.

An active community is a talkative community and, at the very least, Warzone can certainly appreciate a fanbase that has… a lot to say. Across social media, the CoD battle royale’s players have ramped up discourse in the weeks since Treyarch and Raven Software’s BOCW integrated with Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare-based Warzone.

Now, following surges on Twitter, and a Reddit thread with hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes/downvotes alike, concerned fans have keyed in on one prominent suggestion: to repeal integration and remove BOCW’s guns entirely.

While this idea may not be realistic one, it embodies a period of frustration with numerous bugs and overpowered gun concerns after their inclusion. As such, the heated argument has found moments of nuance beneath the generally reductionist sentiment.

We can all agree on this… from CODWarzone

A meme shared across both Warzone subreddits proffers a simple solution to help the battle royale return to its glory days: “Repeal and replace the Cold War integration.”

With thousands of upvotes and hundreds of comments, it appears that weeks of stim-glitch abuse, invisibility bugs and, more importantly, Cold War weapon superiority have truly made an impact on the game’s most active fans.

While many commenters do echo the concern, some noting that they “liked Warzone before the Cold War integration,” others have been more accommodating to developers’ efforts.

Numerous fans have gone against the post’s grain, arguing that integration is a good thing and that properly balancing the arsenal should be the goal — not outright removing everything.

black ops cold war dmr
Even after nerfs, BOCW’s DMR is still lethal in Warzone.

At the heart of controversy is the DMR 14, which has dominated the meta alongside the MAC-10 and dual Diamattis within a few days of BOCW Season 1. Now, numerous updates later, all three guns (as well as the lurking Type 63) have all been nerfed twice — meaning the meta is much more flexible.

It remains to be seen if these adjustments will be enough to satiate Warzone’s fans, but they’re, at the very least, a step in the right direction. While perfect balance is as unlikely possibility as Activision fully repealing their new game’s content, there is some middle ground to find in Verdansk.