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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 discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.