Overwatch player discovers you can tie on Payload maps - Dexerto

Overwatch player discovers you can tie on Payload maps

Published: 9/Jul/2019 23:09 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 23:42

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players have discovered that you can actually end a Competitive match on a payload map in a draw, based on how the payload automatically moves.

There’s always the chance that an Overwatch Competitive match could end in a draw, except on King of the Hill maps, but players usually don’t see it happen on maps that involve pushing a payload.

Being such a rare occurrence could be why Reddit user MexieSMG’s clip of a Competitive match on Eichenwalde ending in a tie has gotten so much attention.

Blizzard EntertainmentYes, you can get a draw on Payload maps.

How can a payload map end in a draw?

When you first think about it, Payload maps ending in a tie seems like it should be impossible – there should be no way that both teams pushed it the exact same distance to force the draw.

But in the case of MexieSMG’s clip, it’s not the players moving the payload, but the automatic movement of the payload itself.

Blizzard EntertainmentAs any Lucio main will tell you, it’s all about staying on the payload no matter what.

On every payload map there are usually at least two checkpoints the payload has to pass through to complete the map, which the payload moves through automatically.

The checkpoint is usually a gate, or in the case of Eichenwalde, the wooden doors of the castle that the Payload breaks down.

After breaking down the doors, the payload actually moves on its own for a pretty good distance past the checkpoint.

This appears to be what happened in Mexie’s game, both teams got the payload past the second point on Eichenwalde, but were unable to push it any further than the distance the payload travels automatically – ending the match in a rare, but not impossible, draw.

What’s coming next to Overwatch?

After Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge ended on July 1, there’s been a bit of a lull in new Overwatch content and updates, but we do know that the Summer Games event will be starting sometime in early August.

Hero 31, whoever or whatever it may be, is also supposed to be arriving sometime this summer, but other than a possible teaser in Baptiste’s “What You Left Behind” short story, Blizzard has kept quiet.

Blizzard EntertainmentA lot of Overwatch fans think Mauga (center) will be Overwatch’s Hero 31.

Overwatch players may be starving for more info on the new Hero and Summer Games, but so far Blizzard has kept a tight lid on any upcoming content for the game.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.