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Overwatch Player Finds Hilarious Widowmaker Basketball Glitch

Published: 4/Jun/2018 17:04 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player discovered a hilarious glitch while playing with the basketballs in the spawn room.

MMOsiris’s Widowmaker was launched across Nepal after teaming up with a Brigitte to send one of the balls flying after connecting to it with the grappling hook.

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The basketballs can be found in the carrier ships that form many of the spawn rooms in Overwatch, such as those on Nepal, Ilios, and Lijiang Tower. With baskets to aim for they offer a small mini-game to play while waiting for the doors to open and the real game to start.

Through a mixture of creativity and luck, players have been able to pull off some fairly spectacular shots with the balls, but such tricks have generally been confined to the spawn rooms. With a coordinated effort from Widowmaker and new hero Brigitte, however, it seems the basketballs can be used with a much bigger scope.

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By using Brigitte’s Whip Shot ability, which has a knock-back effect, the ball can be flung an incredibly long distance after the doors open. It turns out that if Widowmaker grapples onto the ball just before this happens, however, she’s dragged across the map with it.

Unfortunately for MMOsiris, the result of this on Nepal was a premature death after being dragged off the map.

Though the glitch is entertaining in itself, it does prompt theories of its practical applications – could this be used to get to the point more quickly, or attain a vantage for an opening pick? While it seems likely to remain nothing more than an amusing trick, it’s certainly fun to speculate.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.