Overwatch players finally figure out how to crouch with Wrecking Ball - Dexerto

Overwatch players finally figure out how to crouch with Wrecking Ball

Published: 22/Jun/2020 0:54 Updated: 22/Jun/2020 18:49

by Theo Salaun


Since Wrecking Ball’s introduction to all Overwatch game servers on July 2018, people have hoped for the ability to do what fellow mobile tank D.Va can’t: crouch. And now you can.

In the Overwatch world, Hammond is everyone’s favorite Pikachu-sized hamster. It’s no wonder that people prefer him in “crab mode,” where he’s quadrupedal with his little fuzzy head poking out of the top.

But many were disappointed that he couldn’t crouch, possibly because it limited their evasive potential or tactical-crouch mind games. Now, someone has discovered a way to take advantage of his “crab mode” grappling glitch to finally deliver long-awaited teabags.


The “crab mode” bug only had one true practical application: proving to your teammates that you’re no troll, but in fact an elite Wrecking Ball wizard. This way you could show them a rarely seen tech and demonstrate your deep knowledge of the game.

But now, you can also use it to either startle your opponents with subtle vertical movement or…the ever-present tactical-crouch psychological one-upmanship. As shown by ‘LordSchmombey’ on Reddit, the crab can bag.


Hammond can T-Bag! ( the secret they never told us about ) from Overwatch


To accomplish this groundbreaking or, more appropriately, ground-bouncing feat, one must first pull off the grapple glitch against the bottom of a surface (like a wall or boulder). To do this, you must (on PC) jump, melee, then enter ball form and grapple at the same time. 

Next, to accomplish the highly coveted tactical crouch, you simply walk in the opposite direction until the grappling chain is completely taut and the animation will happen on its own once you can’t walk any further.

As LordSchmombey describes it, this is “the secret they never told us about.” And it’s true, this is the type of knowledge that Jeff Kaplan likely knew would be too powerful for mass awareness. Being able to crouch spam as one of the game’s most annoying characters to play against? That’s true power.


hammond hamster crab
Blizzard Entertainment
Look how cute the little sassy crab-legged hamster is.

Just consider the mental warfare on hand—not only is the little hamster protruding from a mecha absolutely adorable, but he’s protruding while grappling. And, to make matters worse, he then can teabag.

As an opponent, you’d go from being infatuated with cuteness to impressed by a secret tech to confusedly shocked that he may actually be toxic, not fluffy and sweet. The argument can be made that this, in fact, a game-breaking bug that Blizzard must address. Until then, the crab will bag.


Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam


Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.