Overwatch Streamer J3sus Pulls Off Epic Flank Capture with Wrecking Ball - Dexerto
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Overwatch Streamer J3sus Pulls Off Epic Flank Capture with Wrecking Ball

Published: 29/Jun/2018 21:49 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Joe O'Brien

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Overwatch streamer and competitive player Christopher ‘J3sus’ Pavloff pulled off an epic stealth capture with new hero Wrecking Ball.

While playing on King’s Row on the Overwatch PTR, J3sus pulled off an impromptu flank using Wrecking Ball’s grappling hook to sneak the payload to the finish line.

Piloted by Hammond the hamster, Wrecking Ball is a tank whose mobility is a crucial element of his skill set, allowing him to move around the map quickly and even use that mobility as a direct weapon, knocking enemies back when he has enough momentum.

The grappling hook is arguably the most important element of Wrecking Ball’s kit. Not only is it necessary for several of his other abilities – whether it be gaining enough momentum to knock back enemies, or gaining altitude before dropping a Piledriver – it also opens up potential paths for him to traverse the map at speed.

Players have already begun to test out various ways to use the grappling hook to find flanking routes, both following the paths set by other heroes and coming up with ways of maximizing the effectiveness of Wrecking Ball’s particular method.

One such established path is the route underneath the map in the third stage of King’s Row. Other heroes have used it before – it’s been most effectively used by those that can fly, like D.Va and Pharah, although not exclusively – but it turns out that Wrecking Ball can get from one side to the other perhaps faster than any other hero.

J3sus used that to his advantage on the offensive side, disappearing under the map after his team lost a hectic fight, and reappearing at the end alongside an abandoned payload. Unfortunately for the defence, by the time they realised what had happened it was already too late.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.