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Overwatch hero Hammond’s voice actor performing live is incredible

Published: 8/Nov/2018 12:11 Updated: 8/Nov/2018 12:12

by Joe O'Brien


The Wrecking Ball voice actors put on a spectacular display of the hero’s voice lines during a panel at BlizzCon.

Wrecking Ball’s “voice” has two components. One is that of Hammond, the mech’s hamster pilot, who can only speak in squeaks, and the other is the mech itself, which has a synthesized voice which translates that into something comprehensible.

Many fans likely assumed that Hammond’s lines were simply synthesized, or at least heavily digitally modified to create a convincing voice for a genetically modified, hyperintelligent hamster. As it turns out, that’s not the case at all.

In fact, Hammond is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, who apparently doesn’t need any digital help in producing the hamster’s lines.

One of the panels at BlizzCon featured several of the Overwatch voice actors, during which they each read some of their iconic in-game lines. The other heroes represented were McCree and Ashe, stars of “Reunion”, and the Lindholms, Torbjörn and Brigitte.

While each actor did a great job performing their character, it was Baker and Jonathan Lipow, the “Wrecking Ball” component of the hero, who stole the show.

Baker is a voice actor well-known for his talents in not only voicing a variety of different humanoid characters, but also creating voices for animals. His credits include American Dad, Spongebob Squarepants, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.


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
Blizzard Entertainment
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.