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Overwatch pro Surefour reveals movement tricks to improve your play

Published: 13/Jan/2020 1:00

by Brad Norton

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DPS heroes can often make or break a team’s performance in Overwatch, and fortunately, these new tips from Toronto Defiant’s Lane ‘Surefour’ Roberts can ensure you get a leg up over the competition in no time.

One of the most accomplished DPS players in Overwatch history, Surefour is known for his flashy aim on hitscan heroes such as Widowmaker and Tracer. 

While aim often speaks for itself, movement also plays a major role in winning, and Surefour has revealed a handy trick that will help players improve their mobility on a host of heroes, and might overhaul the way you think about movement in Overwatch entirely.

Blizzard - Overwatch LeagueSurefour has competed on the Canadian World Cup roster throughout four consecutive years.

While a number of Workshop modes shake up the formula and tweak familiar game types, plenty of creations serve as a means in which to practice certain heroes. Rather than having to load into a quick play match or simply shoot defenseless targets in the practice range, Workshop modes can level up monotonous routines and help you reach the next level on a wide array of characters. 

Putting a unique twist on the game as a whole, Surefour showcased a unique Workshop mode that transitions the camera from that of a first-person perspective, to an over-the-shoulder third-person point of view.

Enabling this unique perspective sheds new light on the way in which heroes move around in the world of Overwatch. From a third-person overview, it can be far easier to asses just how your movement is actually visualized by the character model.

Put bluntly, “one of the best ways to survive long enough in Overwatch, is to abuse movement mechanics,” Surefour argues, and with the third-person Workshop mode, players are able to easily gauge the effectiveness of their movement tactics.”

“The best way to learn how to move and abuse these mechanics in Overwatch, is you can go into a custom game, look up one of the third-person mods, and you can just see how your character moves.”

Referred to as an “AD/AD spam,” this label is given to the janky movement of DPS heroes that appear to be strafing from side to side quickly. This is done in order to make yourself a far more difficult target to hit. With your hitbox constantly changing, it can be challenging for players to connect with lethal shots.

However, Surefour outlined that spamming too quickly can actually be detrimental. “If you do too tight of an AD/AD, you stay in the same spot. But if you get the pattern right,” and allow for slightly bigger movements in each direction, “it becomes very hard for people to shoot you.”

While this effect can be replicated on a number of heroes, the pro argues it is most effective when playing Tracer. When you spam the maneuver in third person, you’ll see Tracer’s head is moving incredibly far due to her full-body lean, as opposed to a more subtle adjustment from the likes of Soldier: 76 and McCree.

Through the third-person mode, you’re able to see the impact of not only strafing, but crouching as well. While some heroes crouch quite deeply and lower their overall hitbox as a result, others remain at roughly the same height.

Ashe for instance, barely moves her head down at all when entering a crouched stance. “All crouching does when playing Ashe is make you move slower,” Surefour explained. “Most of the time it’s just better to AD/AD and never crouch.”

Blizzard - OverwatchCrouching can be handy when trying to remain silent, however there’s little use for Ashe due to the positioning of her model.

Aiming and timing the use of your abilities are obviously important factors in Overwatch, however movement and positioning can be just as vital.

Diving into this third-person mode and coming to grips with the unique movement of each character could be just what you need to improve your performance and survive far more often in heated battles. 

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Insane Wrecking Ball trick in Overwatch lets you get easy Oasis kills

Published: 2/Dec/2020 16:11

by Lauren Bergin

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Overwatch’s Wrecking Ball is very much a love or hate hero: tanks love to play him, but every other player hates him. This easy trick will help you dominate as the furry hero on Oasis.

When players see a Wrecking Ball in their game, their either excited that he’s on their team instead of the enemy one or, alternatively, their heart sinks. The iron clad furball can make or break a game, especially in areas where environmental kills are all too easy.

A recent discovery that Tracer and Wrecking Ball can be partnered together to cause chaos with a boop and Pulse Bomb has led to players testing out all different Hammond tricks.

One player, however, has discovered a trick that will make Oasis a nightmare for the enemy team.

Wrecking Ball grapples
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Wrecking Ball may be cute, but he’s deadly on several Overwatch maps.

Wrecking Ball Oasis trick gives you easy kills

When piloting the armoured death ball, Reddit user XCJRR has found a prime spot to lie in waiting for any unfortunate victims on Oasis.

If a player positions themselves just outside of the enemy spawn on Oasis behind the bright blue sign next to the palm tree, they’re in a prime position to barrel into their opponents and throw them into the highway which forms part of Oasis’ backdrop.

From there, enemies are more than likely to be one-shot by the oncoming traffic, giving you instant kills and a whole lot of pressure on the map.

These are true environmental kills. from r/Overwatch

XCJRR’s timing was literal perfection, as it seems the entire enemy team were just respawning as he launched his attack, giving him an easy triple kill. It’s easy to race around the map as Hammond, so getting there with plenty of time and waiting is the perfect trick to get an easy wipe.

A lot of players will sigh at this news, as its yet another way for Wrecking Ball to truly wreck your evening, but give it a shot and see what happens. Just remember, you didn’t hear it from us.