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Overwatch: Make powerful Wrecking Ball flanks on Busan with creative tactics

Published: 6/Jun/2019 11:59 Updated: 6/Jun/2019 12:54

by Joe O'Brien

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Clever Grappling Claw spots on Busan’s MEKA Base section allow Overwatch hero Wrecking Ball to make creative flanks onto the control point.

Wrecking Ball’s distinguishing characteristic is his unique mobility as a result of his grappling hook mechanic. With enough skill and an understanding of what’s possible with the ability in particular locations, Wrecking Ball can be perhaps the most mobile hero in the game, and certainly the most mobile tank.

Not only is his mobility useful for positioning, but his entire kit actually relies on it. His knockback mechanic requires momentum generated from Grappling Claw swings, his Piledriver can only be performed from a height that usually requires a swing to reach, and his ultimate, Minefield, is most effective if it can be unleashed from above an enemy team.

As a result, an understanding of not only how the Grappling Claw mechanics work, but where it can and can’t take you from any given location, is key to maximizing success with the hero.

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball’s Piledriver is powerful, but must be used from height.

On Busan’s MEKA Base point, there are some clever angles that give you a chance to get to and from the control point to catch enemies off guard or avoid dangerous choke points.

Overwatch player u/Dawkinsisdope shows off a number of ways of getting to and from the central control point by swinging outside of the map. This can be done by starting from the lower gantry that connects the spawn area to the control point location, or from the area immediately outside of the spawn room itself.

Perhaps just as interestingly, however, a route can also be taken from the point into the upper hallway and back again with a single swing, which if timed correctly could be used to not only knockback attackers as they come towards the point, but also then come in behind them for a Piledriver.

For Wrecking Ball players, mastery of movement is everything, and it’s worth having as many tricks like these up your sleeve as possible so that no matter where the enemy is positioned you are able to find an entry to either disrupt them with knockbacks or deal damage with Piledriver or a well-placed Minefield.

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Intriguing Overwatch ability idea turns Sombra into a Support DPS

Published: 24/Oct/2020 23:03

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan has come up with an alternate version of Sombra’s Hack ability that would allow her to provide powerful support to her team, much in the same way that Symmetra was once considered a “Utility” hero.

Any player with more than a few games under their belt knows that there are few things more annoying than getting Hacked by the Mexican stealth hero.

Under its effects, you can’t use any abilities, and passives like Lucio’s Wallride are unavailable as well. But what if it could be used to aid allies as well?

A similar line of thought must have occurred to ‘Jupit’ on Twitter, who came up with an alternate hack that can be used on teammates to reduce their ability cooldowns instead.

In the clip, which is not made with Overwatch itself, Sombra selects Mercy’s resurrect ability while hacking, which reduces the cooldown so she can bring back Tracer even faster.

Obviously this is just a rough (but well-visualized) concept for an ability – so it’s lacking in specifics such as how much the cooldown would be reduced by, what abilities can be hacked, and how it would interfere with her normal abilities, just to name a few.

As one of the most powerful DPS heroes out there right now, not many people are arguing that Sombra needs another incredibly strong ability. But it’s not hard to imagine how this could work if it did get added.

For example, unlike Moira who can switch between beams at a moment’s notice, the technologically blessed hacker would probably need to choose between either hacking an ally or enemy each cooldown, which could open doors to vastly different playstyles that could be developed by players.

Sombra activates EMP
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Sombra is already one of Overwatch’s most powerful DPS heroes, so she might not need such a powerful new ability.

What this does make us think of is Overwatch 2, which will feature customizable skill trees that will let us upgrade hero abilities to make them more powerful as you progress through the single-player portion of the game.

Who’s to say that Sombra won’t have a similar buff to her hack available when the sequel does roll around and Jupit is just lightyears ahead of everyone else? For all we currently know about OW2 (which isn’t much), it’s certainly plausible at least.