Overwatch dev confirms fix coming for Hammond's multiple boop exploit - Dexerto

Overwatch dev confirms fix coming for Hammond’s multiple boop exploit

Published: 11/Jun/2020 20:58 Updated: 12/Jun/2020 12:41

by Theo Salaun


A popular Wrecking Ball player has discovered an absurd multi-boop tech, but Overwatch’s developers have quickly jumped in to confirm that it is a exploit, and will soon be patched out.

Hammond is the MacGyver’s choice of Overwatch heroes, crafty and weird to use—but incredibly potent when his unique abilities are put in the right person’s hands. One such person is ‘ball_ow,’ a Wrecking Ball main who plays for Avoided in Open Division.

This week, ball shared an overpowered multi-boop tech he discovered for the hamster hero, which enable the character to barrel into opponents and continuously boop them, effectively treating opponents to the experience of getting hit by the game’s insta-kill cars or trains.



Understandably, this sent the Overwatch community into an uproar. While ball only tried these out in Quick Play, the possibility of this being replicated in Competitive or OWL play is concerning.

Even aside from Redditors clamoring to investigate Ball for the potential usage of third-party software to accomplish this and beckoning for Blizzard to address it, tons of the game’s professional players also chimed in with concern—and one, fittingly, with excitement.


A slew of professional Overwatch players respond to ball’s multi-boop tech.

As seen from just some of the replies to Ball’s original Tweet, OWL players like the Houston Outlaws’ Jiri ‘LiNkzr’ Masalin and the Paris Eternal’s Brice ‘FDGod’ Monscavoir are worried about the implications of this tech.

The former simply replied “delete” while the latter claimed he was “actually scared.” Conversely, sending shivers across the league, OWL’s very own Hammond innovator, the Chengdu Hunters’ Ding “Ameng” Menghan, responded with a succinct, excited “gosu.”

Unfortunately for overeager Wrecking Ball prodigies, but most fortunately for everyone who wants a balanced game, Blizzard’s lead software engineer, Bill Warnecke, commented on Reddit to explain that the “tech” is an exploitable bug and that the team will be getting “a fix out quickly.”


As summarized by Warnecke, Blizzard does “consider this an exploit” and the game’s developers would like to “caution people not to abuse this bug.”

This helps put to rest some speculation that the tech was accomplished through hacking, something that ball tried to disprove by showing a scuffed hand cam and that his teammate, Lightbringer, tried to prove was replicable sans script by diving into the hero’s speed data


While it appears incredibly difficult to reproduce without illegal third-party software, the multi-boop essentially capitalizes on split-second acceleration and decelerations to continuously boop enemies.

Ignoring the controversy surrounding ball’s discovery and whether or not the exploit is feasible manually, Overwatch players can take solace in knowing that this is unintended, should soon be patched out, and that those who take advantage of it in the meantime are likely to receive punishment by Blizzard.


Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam


Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.


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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.


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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.


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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.