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Overwatch: Powerful Ana grenade tactic makes attacking Hanamura easy

Published: 12/Apr/2019 8:04 Updated: 12/Apr/2019 8:34

by Joe O'Brien


Paris Eternal’s Luis ‘Greyy’ Perestrelo demonstrated a powerful line-up for Ana’s Biotic Grenade on Hanamura during an Overwatch League match.

Ana’s Biotic Grenade can be an incredibly powerful ability if used to its full potential. Not only does it deal damage to enemies, but it prevents affected players from being healed for a short time, meaning it opens up a window in which Ana’s team can have an enormous advantage.

One way of using the Biotic Grenade to gain an immediate upper hand heading into a fight is to throw a predetermined grenade, CS:GO-style, designed to land in a location where enemy players are known or very likely to be holding.

During Paris Eternal’s match against Florida Mayhem in Stage 2 of the Overwatch League, Paris support Greyy demonstrated one such grenade that helped the Eternal break through the first point on Hanamura with ease.

Blizzard EntertainmentAna was the first new hero to be added to Overwatch after the game’s release.

Florida Mayhem had set up on the high ground overlooking the courtyard outside point A. While building a full-team set-up at this spot isn’t always the go-to strategy for defending on Hanamura, it’s certainly common for at least one or two players to hold there.

Thanks to Greyy’s grenade, however, Paris were able to turn the strength of Florida’s static defensive composition into a weakness, and easily ran over them after it landed.

While only the result was originally captured on the main broadcast, the player perspectives available through the All Access Pass mean Greyy can be seen as he set up the grenade, revealing the exact positioning and line-up that is required to land it perfectly.

A later replay also demonstrated exactly how the grenade travels and where it lands.

Though the Florida Mayhem didn’t have a D.Va player in this instance – and therefore had no hope of capturing the grenade with the Defense Matrix – the grenade’s trajectory means that it’s quite unlikely most players would notice it coming in time to react anyway.

The other benefit to throwing a lined-up grenade like this is that it actually costs very little. Biotic Grenade is Ana’s only source of burst healing, aside from her ultimate, so it’s usually worth being cautious about throwing it out unnecessarily, but the travel time on a near-vertical throw is long enough that by the time the fight actually starts, the 10 second cooldown will be almost complete anyway.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.