Overwatch

Overwatch: How to break bunkers on Eichenwalde with epic Junkrat tactic

Published: 12/Aug/2019 8:02 Updated: 12/Aug/2019 8:35

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player showed off an epic Junkrat tactic to break the defending ‘bunker’ on Eichenwalde’s first point.

Stage one of Eichenwalde features one of the most notoriously tough chokepoints to break through for the attacking side, with the offensive side having to make their way under the bridge to reach the capture point.

While this choke point has long since been changed to give attackers another path through the adjacent room, in most cases the team nevertheless has to flood through from the same direction and at the same height, giving defenders fairly easy targets.

Blizzard EntertainmentJunkrat isn’t a traditional ‘dive’ hero, but he does have enough movement to take some creative flanks.

It’s not impossible, however, for attackers to take some more creative routes to the point, however, and u/PVPxOfficial made use of the enemy’s narrow focus on the choke point to wipe them out with an epic Junkrat flank.

Using a triple Concussion Mine jump, PVPx launched himself over the buildings, above the enemy bunker and landed behind them, where he immediately used his Riptire for a back-line explosion that wiped out the unsuspecting team.

Junkrat triple mine jump to kill 6 people with one riptire from r/Overwatch

Junkrat’s Riptire can be one of the more powerful ultimates in the game, with the only larger explosion coming from D.Va’s Self-Destruct. To balance its destructive force, however, it’s also one of the easier ultimates to avoid or counter, with sound cues warning the enemy of it’s approach and the tire itself vulnerable to being destroyed.

When the enemy is completely caught off guard by the arrival of the tire, however, it can be used to devastating effect, as PVPx demonstrates.

Variations on the ‘bunker’ composition, which use Orisa’s static shield to set up a defensive “bunker” that can be incredibly tough to break, have seen a rise in popularity recently, but they’ve always been popular for defend on Eichenwalde stage one due to the nature of this choke point, and this tactic is a useful trick to have up your sleeve if you’re struggling to break through.

Fortnite

Aim coach sparks debate ranking impact of aiming in Fortnite, Overwatch & Apex

Published: 9/Jan/2021 0:24

by Michael Gwilliam

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An esports aiming coach has created a couple of tier lists ranking games for their difficultly to properly aim and the impact that good aim can have. Needless to say, fans are split on the results.

AIMER7 is well-known for his educational guides and being quite a skilled player at a number of games, including Overwatch, where he is a former top 500 player.

Now, the coach has crafted two tier lists that got fans of a number of titles riled up by ranking games by how aiming affects them.

AIMER’s more controversial list ranked games based on the impact aiming has on a match, listing Fortnite in the top tier.

From there, Warzone was in the “significantly impactful” tier while Quake, CSGO and Valorant were listed as “moderately impactful.”

Apex Legends was alone as “not very impactful,” but Overwatch and TF2 had the unfortunate distinction of having “zero impact.”

“As you guys can see, Overwatch is both the hardest game in the world to aim in, and where aim is the least impactful,” AIMER7 explained. “You can have an aimbot in OW and lose most of your games. The impact of aim in Fortnite is however very big, and this is why aim assist should be NERFED massively.”

Apex Legends Caustic Season 7 With Logo
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Apex Legends was ranked middle of the pack

The decision to rank Overwatch so slow did not sit well with fans of Blizzard’s hero-based shooter. “You obviously don’t play OW at a high level or don’t watch pro play …any hitscan with aimbot will just dominate games,” one user snapped.

Others called AIMER7 biased towards Fortnite. One remarked, “Fortnite will NEVER be a game that requires amazing aim skills, you can be average but have amazing building skills and decimate in that game.”

The list may make more sense, however, when you factoring in his first tier list, which ranked games by their aim difficulty. In this list, Overwatch was number one, alone in the “S tier.” From there, in A tier, he notably put Fortnite, while B tier featured Apex Legends and Warzone.

SypherPK Fortnite Shotguns NPCs
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Aim assist in Fortnite remains controversial.

C tier, meanwhile, had Valorant, CSGO, and Unreal Tournament. Surprisingly, the only game in D tier was Team Fortress 2.

When asked about why Fortnite’s aim was the most impactful when it’s not the most important, AIMER7 responded, “If you’re a decent builder/box fighter, without being cracked, you can carry yourself with very good aim, hard angles, and so on. Reciprocally, if you’re a god in build/edit/boxfight with bad aim, you’re not going to do a lot.”

It will be interesting to see how the lists change if games with heavy aim assist properties are ever considerably toned down. Until then, the great aim debate continues to rage on.