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Overwatch Lead Developer Geoff Goodman Gives Tips for New Hero Wrecking Ball

Published: 25/Jul/2018 6:50 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 14:38

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch lead developer Geoff Goodman has offered some tips for playing new hero Wrecking Ball.

The latest addition to the Overwatch hero roster, Wrecking Ball, went live on July 24 after spending several weeks on the Public Test Realm.

Wrecking Ball is a tank with a unique playstyle. As a spherical battle-mech, most of Wrecking Ball’s kit revolves around movement, rolling around and using his grapple to swing from objects, gaining momentum with which to knock back enemies or height from which to drop a Piledriver.

In an interview with vg247, Geoff Goodman gave some tips for playing Wrecking Ball, highlighting both the new hero’s strengths and situations to watch out for.

Goodman highlights that Wrecking Ball is likely to be most effective against compositions that often group up together, particularly those with low mobility. Wrecking Ball is capable of diving in at high speeds and dealing area-of-effect damage, so smashing into a group of enemies has the potential to be devastating.

He warns, however, that momentum is key to Wrecking Ball’s movement, and so compositions that can disrupt that momentum – with the likes of McCree’s flashbang, for example – can make things dangerous, as escaping after a dive could be difficult.

“Anything that disrupts movement at all, even just briefly, can really mess him up. He doesn’t blink away or teleport away – even though he’s fast, he has to build up that speed. When he goes in and smashes into everyone or does a Piledriver, he has to start from zero again. That extra bit of time to get away or reposition can really be abused.”

Blizzard is apparently looking forward to seeing how Wrecking Ball effects traditional “dive” compositions, adding a new element to what has been one of the most consistently powerful strategies in the game.

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How to get Overwatch Sombra Golden Gun Spray

Published: 26/Oct/2020 16:10

by Nate Searl

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Overwatch is always looking for new ways to keep their players engaged and new rewards are always a great way to do this. It looks like players will have an opportunity to get a shiny new spray featuring Sombra’s Golden Gun in Season 25. 

According to a leak from OverwatchNaeri on Twitter, players can earn a brand new spray in Season 25 of competitive play in Overwatch.

The spray is an animated image of Sombra’s weapon with a big “XXV” (25 in roman numerals) under the gun.

How to get the spray

Earning the spray is going to be the hard part. To get it, you need to reach the top 500 in competitive Season 25 of Overwatch. It shouldn’t matter if you finish in the Top 500, as long as you make it there at some point in the season. You should get the spray upon reaching the Top 500 for the first time. This is how other Top 500 sprays have worked in the past at least.

Getting to the Top 500 is exactly what it sounds like. You need to be in the top 500 players in your region according to your Skill Rating. Usually, this means you will need to be Grandmaster in rank around 4,200 Skill Rating. So if you want the skin and you aren’t quite Grandmaster yet, be sure to check out our guides and start grinding to get good!

When does Season 25 start?

Overwatch Season 24 end date
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Overwatch Season 24 end date

Currently, it’s still Season 24, so you can’t get the new spray quite yet. Season 24 is currently set to end on November 5, which means that Season 25 should begin directly after that. Assuming there are no unexpected delays, you can expect the new season to begin on November 5 as well.

Season 25 should be no different than Season 24 outside of upcoming balance changes. The Overwatch team is still hard at work on Overwatch 2, which means we likely won’t see any radical changes or new content in the near future. So, you can expect the meta to be similar to what it is now and begin preparing for your climb once the new season starts.

Remember, your Skill Rating only gets a soft reset, so climbing now will also be beneficial for earning the skin once next season begins as well.