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Overwatch Players Find Clever Flanks with New Hero Wrecking Ball

Published: 29/Jun/2018 21:26 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien

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New Overwatch hero Wrecking Ball has barely been playable for a day, but players are already finding cool ways of using his kit.

Wrecking Ball is a spherical battle-mech piloted by Hammond, the genetically enhance hamster formerly of Horizon Lunar Colony. Wrecking Ball is currently playable on the Overwatch PTR.

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Despite how briefly Wrecking Ball has been available, it’s already becoming clear that his grappling hook is perhaps the most defining element of his kit. The ability is unlike any other in the game before – Widowmaker technically also has a grapple, but hers is entirely linear, pulling her in one direction, while Wrecking Ball becomes a pendulum, able to swing around once connected.

Players have wasted no time in exploring the various ways in which this ability can be used. While its applications appear to be many and varied, one clear advantage of the skill is that it enables wrecking ball to traverse the map quickly, opening up some great flanking options.

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For players looking to get the most out of Wrecking Ball, here’s a collection of some useful tricks with the grappling hook.

Redditor u/zachzwp showed that Wrecking Ball can in fact follow the Volskaya flank:

Player TheJDude demonstrated a flank around the first point of Eichenwalde:

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ToiletKiller found a way of launching Wrecking Ball to the high ground on King’s Row, going further than you might expect:

Another King’s Row tactic, u/ow_jaybee proved that Wrecking Ball can travel under the map in the third stage:

Finally, u/PixelPodium found a potentially powerful flank on Temple of Anubis point A.

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Hammond’s flank potential is real. from r/Overwatch

As players get more experience with Wrecking Ball, further tactics such as these will undoubtedly be discovered. It seems immediately clear, however, that the potential for creative plays with the new hero will be high.

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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.