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Overwatch: Shortcuts and bunny-hopping techniques to move faster with Lúcio

Published: 4/Jul/2019 12:04 Updated: 4/Jul/2019 12:42

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch YouTuber KarQ has teamed up with top-500 ranked Lúcio player Eskay to offer some tactics for reaching the objective faster on every map.

Mobility is key for successful Lúcio play, and one of the major aspects for mastering the hero is learning ‘roll-outs’ – wall-riding routes between the spawn and the objective that Lúcio can take to maximize his speed.

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KarQ and Eskay detail Lúcio roll-outs for every map that are designed not only to be effective, but also reliable and recoverable if you make a mistake. Pulling off a very technical and complicated route perfectly in the heat of a match is likely to be very difficult, but these routes are designed to be consistent and with less risk of costly errors.

Before getting into map-specific roll-outs, however, Eskay details a crucial technique for Lúcio players to keep up their momentum if they ever come off of the wall, either by accident or because the route they’re taking demands it.

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Hitting the ground and continuing to run will cost Lúcio all of his additional wall-ride speed almost immediately, but there is a way to continue the momentum – by “bunny-hopping” as you hit the ground.

Blizzard EntertainmentMaintaining momentum is crucial to effective movement with Lúcio.

Instead of losing all of your speed, you’ll instead only get a small reduction with each jump, and it’s even possible to use Lúcio’s weapon animation to help time the jump properly and reliably.

If you want to practice your Lúcio movement, there’s a handy Workshop mode that will help you keep track of how you’re doing. The wall riding mode gives you a velocity indicator that tells you how fast you’re going, so you can figure out whether you’re maintaining the most speed possible and where you’re losing momentum.

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Players wishing to practice with the wall riding Workshop mode can do so by importing it with the share code 6MDYW.

The video then details an effective roll-out for every single map, with explanations of exactly which walls you need to hit, how many times you want to make contact, and other key points such as how to recover the route if you miss a wall.

Not only are these specific roll-outs very powerful tricks to have up your sleeve if you’re a Lúcio player, but in learning them you may also pick up some other mechanical tricks that can be applied more generally, such as ducking under doorways by looking directly down in order to avoid a collision.

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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.