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Overwatch practice tool helps players learn perfect Ana grenade spots

Published: 6/May/2019 15:18 Updated: 22/May/2019 8:54

by Joe O'Brien


A practice tool made using Overwatch’s new Workshop feature allows players to learn exactly how to throw projectiles for the results they want.

The Workshop is a scripting tool that gives players a massive amount of power to create new game modes and even prototype new heroes in Overwatch.


Though the Workshop is still only available on the Public Test Realm (PTR), players have already used it to produce a huge variety of modes, from reproductions of other games like Portal and Call of Duty’s One in the Chamber to all-new modes like an Infinity Stones battle inspired by Marvel’s Avengers.

Fun game modes aren’t the only thing that the Workshop is good for, however – it can also be used to create useful practice tools to help players improve certain aspects of their game.

Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers have already produced a huge variety of new modes with the Workshop.

With u/DarkyPaky’s Ana grenade tool, players can learn exactly where they need to throw their grenades from in order to hit their target locations. Ana grenade line-ups can be incredibly powerful, but previously figuring out exactly where to throw them, or even what throws might be possible, could take a lot of trial and error.

By using this Ana grenade practice tool, it’s possible to not only see exactly where a grenade will land based on where Ana is currently aiming, but also how long it will take between being thrown and landing. The mode even has a “wall warning” that will help determine whether the grenade will be interrupted by any barriers before it hits its intended target.

While the mode is perhaps most useful for figuring out Ana grenade spots, which might have the most options for pre-set throws, it also allows for similar practice with Zarya’s Graviton Surge and Orisa’s Protective Barrier.


Graviton Surge is a hugely important ultimate, and therefore it’s critical that Zarya players land it both accurately and without it being denied by an enemy D.Va. For Orisa, meanwhile, shield management is fundamental to success, and so getting used to exact timings and trajectories is vital.

Darwin’s Ana Nade Tool v1.1 – now for ZARYA and ORISA from r/Overwatch

Players that wish to try out this tool for themselves can do so using the share code QHQ8E.

Overwatch isn’t the first game to spawn custom training tools from players – CS:GO notably has a huge variety of aim training, grenade practice, and movement-based “kz” maps available from its own community workshop to help players improve various aspects of their game – and it seems unlikely that u/DarkyPaky’s grenade practice mode will be the last of this kind.


Update: Improved Ana Nade Tool on live servers

The Workshop finally arrived on the live Overwatch servers on May 21, and the creator of this Ana Nade Tool, u/DarkyPaky, has shared an update to the mode to celebrate.

The latest version of the mode, v1.2, includes a new collision marker that more precisely shows where a projectile will impact, although it takes a little longer to calculate. There’s also a “chasing camera” mode that will follow the trajectory of the projectile once it’s been launched.


In addition to Ana, Zarya, and Orisa, the mode also now supports Ashe’s dynamite, Baptiste’s healing grenades, Mei’s Blizzard, and even Torbjörn’s Molten Core.

Darwin’s Ana Nade Tool v1.2 – [ADDED: Ashe, Baptiste, Mei and TORBJORN] from r/Overwatch

Now that the Workshop is on the live servers, this mode is available to players on all platforms. The share code for the updated version of the Ana Nade tool is QHQ8E.

Last updated: May 22, 2019 – 4:45 AM EST


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.