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Overwatch patch completely breaks Wrecking Ball’s grappling hook

Published: 24/Sep/2020 19:36

by Theo Salaun


The latest Overwatch PTR patch has completely broken many of Wrecking Ball’s grappling hook spots, ruining the unique hero’s rollouts and infuriating Hammond mains.

Hammond has long been one of Overwatch’s most interesting heroes, as gaining value from his suite of abilities requires a high degree of skill and practice. When he’s in his exposed shooting form, he’s pretty slow, but when he turns into ball form, he not only moves faster, but can take advantage of a grappling hook to propel himself into being one of the game’s most mobile characters. 

Unfortunately, after two years of learning the nuances of his movement techs and discovering the different niches and angles that can be taken advantage of for unique rollouts, an Overwatch PTR patch seems to have broken his Grappling Hook. The September 23 patch was exciting, particularly for its adjustments to in-game elevator platforms, but Hammond mains have discovered that a subtle change is ruining their effectiveness.

As shown by the self-titled “ball specialist,” ‘ball_gdh’ on Twitter, many of the hamster hero’s unique rollouts no longer work as his grappling claw seems to attach in a more finicky manner.

This actually goes against what the patch notes describe, so it’s an interesting situation that will likely and fittingly require more experimentation. In Blizzard’s blog, they indicate that “Grappling Hook now has improved target detection to help connecting to walls be more consistent.”

The issue is inherently multifaceted. On the one hand, Blizzard might be hoping that making Wrecking Ball’s hook easier to use for everyone is worth wide scale changes to how it performs. On the other hand, they may not realize how damaging this is for players who have poured in enough hours to become comfortable with his unique inconsistencies.

As shown by ball, even some of the more basic hooks no longer seem to work, though, making this feel like a net negative for a hero so dependent on crafty escape and flanking routes. With the Overwatch League Chengdu Hunters’ Ding ‘Ameng’ Menghan expressing sadness in a reply to ball’s tweets, it’s obvious that these changes are disappointing for Hammond mains.

Still, it remains to be seen what advantages to consistency have emerged despite the seeming nerfs to rollouts that some had become fond of. This remains in the experimental PTR patch, so it would be reasonable for Blizzard to scrap the adjustment altogether should Hammond mains not find newer, more consistent rollouts that they enjoy.


How to complete FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups SBC Week 5: solutions & cost

Published: 29/Oct/2020 19:31

by Nate Searl


The fifth week of Marquee Matchups SBCs is now live in FIFA 21, focusing on the batch of international games that are being played across the globe. Here’s what you need to know. 

Marquee Matchups Week 5 features games from the MLS, Ligue 1 Uber Eats, LaLiga Santander, and Bundesliga. Like with other Marquee Matchups SBCs, you will need to complete four different tasks to complete it.

Without further ado, let’s look at the SBC and the cheapest solutions you can use to finish it.

New York City FC v NY Red Bulls

The first match of the FIFA 21 SBC is from the MLS, and features New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls.


  • MLS Players: Min 1
  • Leagues: Min 3
  • Players from one club: Max 3
  • Rare Players: Min 1
  • Player Quality: Min. Silver
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 75
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
Here’s how to complete the MLS Marquee Matchup

According to FUTBIN, this challenge should cost you around 5,000 coins on PS4 and it doesn’t require any loyalty or position changes.

OL v LOSC Lille

The second matchup comes from Ligue 1 Uber Eats and features OL and LOSC Lille.


  • Ligue 1 Uber Eats Players: Min. 2
  • Players from same league: Max. 5
  • Players from one club: Min. 3
  • Gold Players: Min. 3
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 74
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 75
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
Here’s how to complete the Ligue 1 Uber Eats challenge

This FIFA 21 solution should cost around 6,000 coins on PS4, and doesn’t require position changes or loyalty.

Athletic Club v Sevilla FC

The third game is from LaLiga Santander and features Athletic Club v Sevilla FC.


  • Athletic Club or Sevilla FC Players: Min. 1
  • Nationalities/Regions: Min. 5
  • Players from the same nation/region: Max. 3
  • Rare Players: Min. 1
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 75
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 80
  • Players in squad: 11


FIFA 21 Marquee Matchups Week 5
How to complete the LaLiga Santander challenge.

This challenge should cost around 6,000 coins and doesn’t require any loyalty or position changes.

M’gladbach v RB Leipzig

The final component of the FIFA 21 SBC features the two Bundesliga teams.


  • M’gladbach or RB Leipzig Players: Min. 1
  • Bundesliga Players: Min. 2
  • Clubs: Min. 5
  • Rare Players: Min. 2
  • Team Overall Rating: Min. 77
  • Team Chemistry: Min. 85
  • Players in squad: 11


Marquee Matchups Week 5
Solution to the final component of the SBC.

This is the most expensive component of the SBC, costing around 7,000 coins on PS4. It also doesn’t require any position changes or loyalty.

You will receive FIFA 21 FUT packs for each component of the SBC, as well as a Rare Electrum Players Pack for completing the SBC. Be sure to get it done fast, as it expires a week from today!