Overwatch fan brainstorms fascinating new ‘tug-of-war’ game mode - Dexerto

Overwatch fan brainstorms fascinating new ‘tug-of-war’ game mode

Published: 24/Mar/2019 18:20 Updated: 24/Mar/2019 18:49

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has a new idea for a brand new game mode that builds on the game’s ‘escort’ maps.

Escort maps in Overwatch, like Route 66 or Dorado, are where a team must push the payload through three checkpoints to complete the map.

Now, Reddit user wearer_of_boxers has come up with a creative new idea for a game mode that takes escort one step further.

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What’s the new mode?

Their new mode would be a Tug of War type game, with a map featuring two checkpoints for each team, and the payload in the middle.

Teams who have control over the payload, or in boxers’ example, more players around it, would slowly move towards the enemy checkpoints.

Each checkpoint a team takes the payload past awards one point, and teams need two points to win. But, both teams can move the payload either way, given they have enough players on it, so it would be possible to stage some epic comebacks.

Teams could also spawn close to their second point, making it increasingly harder for the attacking team to capture as they get closer.

New game mode idea i had while stoned from r/Overwatch

Where could you play it?

Obviously, a new game mode like this would need its own set of maps, and based on the suggested rules for the new mode, they would have to be symmetrical.

Overwatch’s King of the Hill maps are already pretty identical on either side, so they could work for this new mode in a pinch, like how they’re already used for Capture the Flag.

Blizzard and the Overwatch developers have teased at big things coming in 2019 for the game, but whether that includes a brand new game mode remains to be seen.


Cheeky Overwatch trick lets Baby D.Va score environmental kills

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players looking to find a new lethal tactic with D.Va should look no further than this trick to surprise and tilt enemy teams.

Since 2016, Overwatch fans have taken highly to the hero D.Va, sporting countless cosplays, creating art, buying merchandise, you name it. Part of the reason for this is just how stylish the gamer-turned-mech pilot is.

As it turns out, however, even outside of her pink mech, D.Va can pack a punch and even eliminate any enemy hero in the game if the opportunity presents itself.

Most people know that D.Va’s Call Mech ability does a bit of damage if you use it directly on top of an enemy player, but not everyone realizes it also has knockback capabilities.

D.va from Overwatch looking cool
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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes, in and out of mech.

Boops can be one of the best ways in Overwatch to quickly deal with enemies regardless of their HP. Anyone from Roadhog to even Tracer (especially if limited by cooldowns) can fall victim to a well-timed push off the edge of a map.

As Reddit user ‘eregis’ showed, despite being at a disadvantage against a Soldier 76 who put down his Biotic Field for health restoration, the confrontation ended in their favor thanks to the knockback of Call Mech.

While on Rialto, the D.Va player had the Call Mech ability ready, but waited a bit to activate it. First, the player lured the enemy Soldier 76 to a bit of an unfavorable position on Rialto with his back to the water.

After getting the victim close enough to the ledge, the D.Va used Call Mech and sent 76 off the map and to his demise.

Of course, this trick is a bit of a high-risk play. Baby D.Va is tied with Tracer for the lowest-health hero in the game at only 150. However, unlike Tracer, D.Va does haven’t Blink or Recall to get out of tricky situations, so being able to time the Call Mech perfectly can be tough.

Next time you find yourself as Baby D.Va and an opportunity presents itself, try to see if you can secure frags with this ability. Your opponents will never see it coming.