Overwatch coach details how to get the most out of Wrecking Ball - Dexerto

Overwatch coach details how to get the most out of Wrecking Ball

Published: 16/Jan/2019 0:19 Updated: 16/Jan/2019 0:36

by Bill Cooney


Wrecking Ball is the latest tank hero to Overwatch and several months after his release, a lot of players are still figuring out how to best utilize the unique tank, so Overwatch coach Jacob ‘Spilo‘ Clifton talked with Dexerto about what players can do to become better with Hammond.

Hammond is at the “other end of the spectrum” when compared to tanks like Orisa and Reinhardt, according to Spilo, where those tanks are able to provide protection for their teams, Hammond is ideally meant to draw the enemy teams attention and create space for allies.

“He does that very, very well,” Spilo explained. “Better than Winston, better than Reinhardt and certainly better than Orisa.”

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Hammond players need to able to think outside of the box, Spilo insists, because he’s so different than any other tank.

“Players should think, ‘what about my kit allows me, not to protect my team, but to allow my team to close the distance between them and the objective?,” he pointed out.

There are three main things all Hammond players should focus on doing, according to Spilo:

  1. Exist
  2. Disrupt
  3. Distract

“These are the words I live by when I’m coaching Hammond,” he explained. “Your job is to just exist in the backline as long as possible, disrupt, and most importantly distract the enemy team.”

Hammond players should work to draw as many of the enemy team’s resources to them as possible, and they can do that in a couple of different ways.

“You can Piledrive into the enemy team, pop your Reactor Shields and start shooting and go away once you get to low health. For that five seconds, was anyone shooting your team? Probably not, they were focused on you, and that’s one way to create space with Hammond.”

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Another way to draw the enemies attention is to touch point and force point pressure on the other team.

“I like to describe Hammond as a really big Tracer,” Spilo laughed. “Maybe you roll all the way behind them and touch point, what are they going to do? They have to touch point, and during that entire time your team can utilize that attention drawing and capitalize off of that.

“To sum it up: You don’t have to be doing something all the time, think about going in, putting in good pressure, drawing attention to yourself, looking for a pick and surviving. Wait and go again, but don’t force it all the time.”

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Another important thing Spilo said Hammond players should remember is that it’s not necessary to constantly be in the fight, since Wrecking Ball relies so heavily on his cooldown abilities.

“Say you’re Hammond and you draw a lot of attention to yourself and your team is able to push in a little bit, but don’t get all the way,” Spilo suggested. “Some Hammond players think “oh I’m just going to go back and do it again.” and they forget about those cooldowns, force the engagement and just die.”

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For his ultimate ability, Spilo suggests players release the mines as high as they can, and use the ultimate as a way to deny the enemy team space, and once again get their attention on something other than the opposing team.

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On maps where there’s a chance for environmental kills or those with plenty of flanking options, Hammond is always a good pick, but Spilo suggests going with a more traditional main tank like Reinhardt or Orisa on more linear maps like King’s Row.

Finally, for players looking to improve on Hammond, Spilo shared two tips every Wrecking Ball player should be familiar with if they want to get better.

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The first things Spilo suggests is that players should go into Ball form to reload his weapons.

“I always like to tell new Hammond players to use their ball form to reload, especially if you’re relocating, there’s no point to not being in ball form, you move faster, you’re harder to hit, and you don’t have a head to shoot so you can’t take critical damage,” he explained.

Finally, Pile Driver doesn’t have to be used from a high place, instead, Spilo said it could be used from just a few meters up, like from the ledges around the second point on Hanamura and most high level players look for these kinds of environmental features to take advantage of.


New Overwatch Shield Bash tech makes Brigitte even more powerful

Published: 22/Jan/2021 21:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Overwatch trick has just been discovered that could make Brigitte an even bigger threat on the battlefield than she already is.

Brigitte has been one of the game’s most controversial heroes since release thanks to her high levels of sustain, crowd control, armor, and healing. Despite multiple nerfs and reworks, she remains one of the best heroes in the right hands.

Now, players have found a completely new trick with her that is sure to make many players rage and call for nerfs to the Swedish shield maiden.

The trick, which was posted to a Korean YouTube account, shows that if Brigitte Shield Bashes at the exact same time she’s hit with an enemy’s attack that does knockback, she can travel far distances.

Shield Bash already has some slight movement advantages, but when combined with an enemy’s attack, she can torpedo across the map and even clear gaps that other heroes are unable to.

As you can see, when Brigitte gets hit in the back by Sigma’s Hyper Spheres, they do just enough knockback to allow the hero to use them to her advantage.

With this trick, Brigitte can even go from one side of Rialto’s bridge to the other in one swift movement, although it will take some getting used to if players want to pull it off in an actual game.

That said, enemy players could potentially use this to their own advantage, such as by hitting Brigitte with a melee attack right as she Shield Bashes.

In this clip by Overwatch streamer Aspen, she goes flying all over the map on Hollywood and had no idea why. As it turns out, it was because she was hit by a melee from a Tracer player just before bashing.

If timed right, this could cause Brigitte players to go flying off of maps with environmental hazards such as Nepal Sanctum.

Of course, with this new discovery, there also comes the possibility that Blizzard decides to patch it out. Only time will tell how the developers decide to handle it.