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Overwatch player discovers dangerous Wrecking Ball bug on Volskaya

Published: 17/Oct/2018 18:21

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has discovered a bug with Wrecking Ball’s “Piledriver” ability.

The ability, which allows Wrecking Ball to smash into the ground for significant damage, should require him to attain a certain height before being able to use it.


In at least one place, however, it seems the ability can be used directly from the ground, potentially allowing players to catch enemies without warning of the incoming hit.

While the bug seems limited in where it can be applied, it’s not without its utility. Piledriver is one of Wrecking Ball’s most powerful abilities, but the fact that it needs to be performed from a decent height and its animation time means it’s quite telegraphed, giving time for faster heroes to dodge. A simple jump from ground level isn’t enough to enable it.


Without the piledriver, however, Wrecking Ball’s spherical mode is a lot less threatening, meaning that if he’s on the ground and doesn’t have a lot of momentum, he can largely be ignored as a damage threat.

The ability to perform Piledriver from such a position, therefore, could be devastating. It may be rather circumstantial, but it’s certainly something worth keeping in mind until the bug is fixed.

The fact that such a bug exists also demonstrates that such an error is possible. While it’s so far only been shown in one location, its not beyond the realm of possibility that this bug occurs in other spots and on other maps.


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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.