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Overwatch player uncovers genius way to contest points with Wrecking Ball

Published: 23/Jun/2019 13:09

by Connor Bennett


Overwatch fans have discovered a strange new way to contest points as Wrecking Ball during games that will leave opposing players completely puzzled.

Wrecking Ball, more commonly referred to as Hammond, was released as the 28th hero in Overwatch back in July 2018. His arrival added another interesting movement mechanic to the game as his grapple allows him to traverse the map in a completely new way.

But, it’s not his ability to travel across the map in a unique way that has caught the attention of some players in recent games as the characters ability to disrupt matches has been, quite literally, taken to a new level.

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball has become one of the most used tanks in Overwatch since its release.

In a post to the Overwatch subreddit, Groot1702, displayed a highlight clip from the end of their recent game of Control Point on Hanamura where their team flooded the point in an attempt to level up the score. Yet, the squad was left confused by the fact it was contested even though it seemed as if they had secured a full team wipe.

However, had they looked up instead of scurrying around elsewhere searching for an enemy player, they would have spotted Hammond – completely still – hanging above them like a chandelier.

While the Redditor questioned whether or not it was a bug and not just an ingenious tactic from the Wrecking Ball player, others pointed out that their team should have been aware of them sneaking around.

Others, though, questioned why it was allowed to work if certain characters like Pharah can’t fly around near the ceiling and also contest. User badchrismiller added: “If D.Va boosting while on point doesn’t count, this has zero business being able to work.”

Considering it does work – at least for now, anyway – means that it could be something that Blizzard has put into the game so that players can conjure up clever tactics with Wrecking Ball.

Nonetheless, if it does turn out to be a bug, you can be sure that the developers will be sure to root it out before it turns into a game-breaking play in matches. Until then, it’s probably something to keep in your pocket just in case your team is lagging behind on Hanamura.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.