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Overwatch: Get surprise Piledrivers with clever Wrecking Ball trick

Published: 10/Jul/2019 14:16 Updated: 10/Jul/2019 15:22

by Joe O'Brien


A clever Overwatch technique lets Wrecking Ball players use their Piledriver ability without needing to swing from their Grappling Claw for height.

Piledriver is one of Wrecking Ball’s most powerful abilities, dealing area-of-effect damage and also acting as temporary crowd control, knocking enemies in the impact radius into the air. Using Piledriver to maximum effect is a huge part of disrupting the enemy line-up effectively, which is one of the major goals for Wrecking Ball, but the ability can only be used from a certain height.

That height cannot be achieved with a standard jump, meaning Wrecking Ball usually has to use it upon entering a fight for the first time with his Grappling Claw.

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball relies heavily on mobility to make the most of his skill-set.

While Wrecking Ball’s Grappling Claw gives him plenty of options for gaining height, the nature of the terrain around him might mean that in a team fight, swinging up and then getting back into position may cost valuable seconds, or not even be realistically possible.

For such occasions, however, there is a quick and effective way of gaining the necessary height – by jumping on the heads of enemy players, Super Mario-style.

As one Overwatch player demonstrates, a quick bounce on top of an enemy puts Wrecking Ball just within the range necessary to execute the ability, and also just about guarantees that the Piledriver will land directly on the opponent in question.

As Hammond, you can jump off of someone’s head to gain enough height to piledriver onto them. from r/Overwatch

This technique may only work on “regular”-sized heroes – the likes of Reinhardt and D.Va may prove too tall to jump on directly – but it could be perfect for enabling assassinations on softer targets or pulling off the ability in the middle of a teamfight.

It’s certainly worth keeping in mind as a trick up your sleeve if you’re a Wrecking Ball player, especially as it’s quite likely to catch enemies off guard, since a Wrecking Ball in ball form on the ground is usually not much of a threat.

Piledriver has proven one of the more bugged abilities in Overwatch, with several instances since his release of players finding ways to use it without needing to get high enough off the ground. In this case, however, it seems Wrecking Ball players have a legitimate technique for executing it without requiring a Grappling Claw swing.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.