Overwatch clip shows how melee can be used in a pinch - Dexerto
Overwatch

Overwatch clip shows how melee can be used in a pinch

Published: 8/Apr/2020 22:21

by Bill Cooney

Share


Melee attacks might not deal a ton of damage in Overwatch, but a new clip does a great job of showing why the universal ability is so useful.

Every hero except for Reinhardt and Brigitte, who are melee characters to begin with, can use the quick attack to deal 30 damage to enemies.

Advertisement

It’s particularly useful for finishing off low-health foes, but melee strikes also provide a touch of knockback, and it can actually be extremely beneficial to get a hang of it.

Blizzard Entertainment
Melee attacks might not seem like much, but they can make a big difference.

As Reddit user Drunken_Queen demonstrated, when used near a ledge, melees give any hero the chance at those sweet environmental kills.

Advertisement

The cooldown on Queen’s coach gun was active when they ran into a sneaky Roadhog hiding on the low, direct route to spawn on Busan’s Mecha Base.

Hog got the better of Ashe at first and hit her with the hook, but a desperate melee attack from the Deadlock Gang leader ended up being a saving grace. After escaping with a sliver of health, Queen was able to send B.O.B. onto the point, before hopefully grabbing a health pack.

My Coachgun was on cooldown, so I used Quick Melee since it gives a very slight knockback. from r/Overwatch

If Roadhog himself had meleed quick enough, then they might have been the one to survive this encounter instead of Ashe.

Advertisement

Hitting enemies off of the side isn’t the only use for these attacks ,though. If an enemy’s trying to push through a shield or barrier, it could be used to temporarily keep them on their side.

Blizzard Entertainment
Most melee attacks in Overwatch provide some kind of knockback when they hit.

The distance that enemies are actually knocked back is extremely small though, so don’t expect anything close to Lucio’s Boop happening when you use it.

Plenty has changed over the years in Overwatch, but melee attacks have remained basically the same since the game came out. That doesn’t mean to say it’s become any less useful, as this clips showed.

Advertisement
Overwatch

Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

Share


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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement
Overwatch heroes 2020
Blizzard Entertainment
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.