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Overwatch team demonstrate useful Wrecking Ball trick for disrupting enemy attacks

Published: 10/Jan/2019 16:17 Updated: 10/Jan/2019 16:25

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch Contenders Pacific team Cyclone Coupling showed off a clever Wrecking Ball tactic during their quarter-final match against Talon Esports.

Cyclone Coupling were set up to defend on the high ground of the second point on Hanamura. Their set-up featured a Bastion behind an Orisa shield, capable of dealing immense damage but also likely to be dangerously exposed once the enemy pushed.

In order to make it a little harder for Talon to dive onto the Bastion, however, Lin ‘Ely’ HongZheng‘s Wrecking Ball was set up such that he could spin in circles on the spot, knocking the approaching enemies back.

This tactic was accomplished by having Wrecking Ball connect his Grappling Claw to the floor beneath the platform, allowing him to act as if swinging from the hook despite being on a flat surface.

Another Overwatch player, Beybarro, demonstrated how this is done, as well as showing off potential spots for the technique on a variety of maps.

Though the rope tying Wrecking Ball to his claw can pass through surfaces, the claw itself cannot, so Wrecking Ball must find an angle to fire it to the lower level before making his way up without disconnecting it.

In the case of the Hanamura spot that Cyclone Coupling utilized, this means firing it from the front balcony of the building before travelling through the corridor to the defense point.

While this tactic does require a little bit of set-up before the enemy arrive, it can be very disruptive to opponents attempting to assault a particular location, and is likely to catch many off-guard.


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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


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.