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Crazy Overwatch Wrecking Ball rollout takes over Hanamura with ease

Published: 29/Jan/2020 5:34

by Brad Norton

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The first objective on Hanamura features one of the toughest choke points in all of Overwatch, but this remarkable Wrecking Ball rollout could shut down your next opponents in the blink of an eye.

While Lucio is often the master of ridiculous rollouts in Overwatch, Wrecking Ball occasionally steals the spotlight with some extraordinary plays on various maps.

Crashing out of the attacking spawn room on Hanamura, this Tank player threw the enemy team for a loop as he swung around Point A with seemingly reckless abandon and almost single-handedly guaranteed a team fight win.

Overwatch's Wrecking Ball relaxing.
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Hero 28 in Overwatch, Wrecking Ball was introduced in July, 2018.

Flanking routes at the start of Hanamura are few and far between. A high ground opening allows mobile heroes such as Pharah and Genji to make their way through while a Tracer can quickly Blink through the choke and into the building on the right. However, none of these options are particularly sneaky. 

Rushing straight through the middle of the map, Reddit user ‘kobubu’ recently uncovered a cheeky Wrecking Ball play that caught their opposition by surprise and led to a stunning elimination. 

Navigating their way on top of the first objective, they fired out a few shots from afar while waiting for the Grappling Claw to recharge. Dropping back down and hooking from behind enemy lines, they majestically looped around the central chokepoint, whipped straight back into hostile territory and slammed into an enemy Soldier: 76. All before they even had a chance to react. 

Hanamura 1st point in-and-out Wrecking ball rollout from Overwatch

While a number of enemies could have countered the crazy play, from Ana hitting a Sleep Dart, to Reinhardt charging or even landing his Earthshatter on the moving target, the player still made it through relatively unscathed.

“You’re way too precise with those hooks and landings,” Reddit user ‘MountainSage58’ responded. “That’s intimidating.”

Shedding some insight on how they devised the highlight-worthy moment, the skilled Wrecking Ball player explained how they have well over 300 hours on the hero. Undeniably a veteran of the hamster, it might be tough for newcomers to execute without being caught out in the process.

If there’s ever an enemy Wrecking Ball in your backlines on Hanamura however, at least now you know to be wary of such an over the top maneuver.

Wrecking Ball rollouts have been in vogue recently, with another Redditor discovering a new trick that allows the hero to blitz out of spawn at maximum speed the moment doors open.

Perhaps combining both tactics could help your team set a new attacking record on Hanamura if executed just right. 

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Activision in talks to reduce fees owed by CDL & Overwatch League teams

Published: 2/Dec/2020 22:14 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 22:35

by Theo Salaun

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Recent reports from The Esports Observer indicate that Activision Blizzard are in the midst of discussions to possibly reduce the amount the amount owed by Overwatch League and Call of Duty League franchises as part of their entry fees.

With all OWL and CDL plans derailed over the past year, Activision are reportedly trying to rework the hefty investments that organizations have made into their franchising opportunities. When the massive game development company pitched both leagues, neither was expected to be profitable in the short-term, but projections have taken an even greater hit due to current global restrictions.

A groundbreaking esports concept centered around the city-based model that is used in traditional sports, Activision required $20 million entry fees for the OWL’s first 12 teams and then fees in the range between $30 to $60 million for its next eight. For the CDL’s inaugural season, 12 teams needed to put up at least $25 million apiece, even more for cities that were in high-demand.

Now that the plans for local events have understandably shifted, neither league is expanding for their next season and ownership groups in both are looking for ways to save cash. As reported by The Esports Observer’s Adam Stern, this has engendered cost-cutting discussions with Activision’s latest new senior executive hire, Tony Petitti.

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One of the many avid crowds at Overwatch League events.

Petitti, formerly Major League Baseball’s deputy commissioner, was hired by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick to a senior role involved with both of their leagues as the President of Sports and Entertainment. He joins Johanna Faries, a former National Football League executive, who brings a traditional sports perspective as the commissioner for both the CDL and OWL.

Given their experience with city-based sports leagues, Activision is likely aware of the profitability challenges that their current esport and sport investment groups are facing. As such, it should be no surprise that they are willing to have conversations about concessions that can make current projections fit closer to the original expectations.

As Stern reports, those discussions have included discounting some of the original entry fees: “one idea that is being weighed is reducing the amount of money they owe to the video game maker.” 

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Following in the OWL’s footsteps, the CDL also had huge enthusiasm for live events.

With Immortals Gaming Club selling their Los Angeles Call of Duty franchise to 100 Thieves and reportedly being interested in selling their OWL spot as well, many are wondering if franchise valuations have shifted.

Fortunately, it appears that the profitability projections have remained somewhat consistent despite current predicaments. As reported by Forbes’ Christina Settimi, 100 Thieves COO John Robinson would not set an exact figure on their LA Thieves purchase, but suggested that “franchise values have held up.”

Activision would likely want to avoid an exodus of owners, so these discussions to cut costs and protect brand health are reportedly ongoing.