Overwatch pro discovers absurd Wrecking Ball 'teleport' glitch on Oasis - Dexerto

Overwatch pro discovers absurd Wrecking Ball ‘teleport’ glitch on Oasis

Published: 3/Jun/2020 0:32

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch League champion and support specialist Grant ‘Moth’ Espe encountered a bizarre Wrecking Ball bug while battling the tank hero with Brigitte on Oasis.

The San Francisco Shock healer was streaming on Twitch, playing on Oasis City Center when he engaged a Wrecking Ball player while trying to keep the objective in his team’s control.

After giving a Repair Pack to a nearby ally, he proceeded to Shield Bash the mech-driving hamster and then Whipshot him into the oncoming traffic.

Oasis City Center is infamous for its map hazards in the form of speeding cars, which can result in instant death for anyone who comes into contact with them.

Normally, a hit-and-run elimination is one of the most satisfying ways to send an opponent back to spawn and gain lots of Ultimate charge in the process – but something very strange happened with the ball as he was sent to play in traffic.

While a car came flying right toward him, the hamster seemed to magically teleport to a random spot on the freeway unscathed.

“What?” Moth gasped. “Wait, did you guys see that? He teleported!”

Even a few moments later, with both teams trading kills on the point, Moth still seemed stunned at what he witnessed. “How did the ball teleport? He’s hacking,” he joked.

While it was possible this could have been a mere latency problem that made the Wrecking Ball look like he was teleporting on Moth’s screen, upon further inspection using the replay viewer, Moth saw that his eyes did not deceive him.

“Look, see!” he cried after pulling up the exact moment on the replay viewer. Just like as it had happened in his game, the tank seemed to magically swap positions going from the middle of the lane to the far end and then back again.

“He didn’t even hit the car either!” he added, chuckling at the whole incident.

It’s unclear what caused the glitch or if it can be easily replicated, but hopefully, it’s something that Blizzard can patch out in a future update.


Sneaky Overwatch spot makes Genji the ultimate flanker on Hanamura

Published: 21/Nov/2020 0:54

by Theo Salaun


Genji was already one of Overwatch’s sneakiest flankers, but then the game’s players discovered an absurd spot on Hanamura that lets you simply defy physics to dive behind enemy lines. 

Genji is a slender, bionic ninja with speedy abilities and, typically, a penchant for subterfuge. There is perhaps no spooky sight more familiar to Overwatch’s beloved support players than an enemy Genji who has stealthily snuck past their tanks and DPS teammates to seek out blood.

On a normal day, the metal menace uses some combination of his speed, wall-climbing, and dashing abilities to enjoy unique flanking routes that are difficult for enemies to predict or counteract. But, a recently exposed Hanamura trick allows him to suddenly surprise the back line on Point A.

Hanamura’s Point A features a central structure enclosing the point, which is shaped rectangularly, with four wide openings and numerous gridded windows. There’s a big bell in the middle of the point and the whole thing feels very elegant. Still, this new Genji trick can ruin the peace enjoyed by enemies standing near the bell.

To all my fellow Genji players I found a nice way to dash right into the enemy backline from Overwatch

As shared by ‘Yeast_chanxxx’ on Reddit, a Genji can stand atop the balcony facing Hanamura’s Point A structure and use his dash ability to slice through the gridded window. This allows you to bypass the traditional chokes of the main point and get right into the action. It requires your dash to be available, your angle positioning to be accurate, and, in the future, will likely require a patch.

This trick has to be entirely unintentional, as even players’ bullets have trouble traveling through those windows. If it’s difficult for an attacker to shoot through those wooden grids to destroy a turret sitting behind, then it doesn’t make any sense that a 35-year-old ninja can slip through them instantaneously.

Overwatch Genji in-game
Blizzard Entertainment
Genji is bigger than a bullet.

For now, the spot remains in the game and Genji mains who frequent Reddit will be sure to try and take advantage of it. Although some, including a commenter who goes by ‘Inuit195,’ may simply not want to abuse the glitch.

Inuit195 had a simple question when they first saw the video of the bugged, physics-defying trick: “Wait can you be banned for using this glitch?”

The answer is likely no, as Blizzard have typically sought to address glitches by patching them out of the game rather than by punishing people who use them. For now, fans are eagerly awaiting an answer: is Genji able to shapeshift or is this a bug?