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.