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Powerful Overwatch Wrecking Ball technique knocks back enemies multiple times

Published: 21/May/2019 8:39 Updated: 21/May/2019 9:16

by Joe O'Brien

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A powerful Wrecking Ball technique allows you to knockback enemies multiple times in quick succession.

Wrecking Ball is one of the game’s most unique champions, with a powerful set of movement mechanics that are unlike anything offered by another character.

Once Wrecking Ball is “on fire” – with flames around the mech while he’s in ball form, not the “on fire” that appears around the portrait of a successful player – he’s able to knock enemies back.

While the knockback is usually only good for a single hit, a useful technique allows players to continuously knock enemies back in quick succession, enabling them to push enemies much further than they otherwise would.

Blizzard EntertainmentWrecking Ball relies heavily on his movement to be effective.

In demonstrating the technique, u/GotNoMicSry can be seen with his grapple attached to a box on Gibraltar, which they use to gain momentum as they move towards an enemy Zenyatta. After making first impact, the player very briefly counters their forward motion to remove the “on fire” effect, before moving forwards again to reinitiate it.

This quick stuttering of the forward motion allows the knockback to take effect again almost immediately. This can be done multiple times to allow for several consecutive knockbacks.

Done correctly, this technique allows you to seamlessly knock enemies further back with consecutive hits without losing much momentum.

Executed well, this technique could allow you to “juggle” enemy players in a similar way to Winston’s Primal Rage, albeit with much less control, in order to move a particular target significantly out of position.

As in the video, this could be used to knock a player off the map, but it could also be used simply to give your team a chance to assassinate an unprotected opponent, or to get a tank out of the way to make the rest of the enemy team more vulnerable.

Obviously it also requires particular circumstances in order to pull off correctly, but having this trick up your sleeve for when such an opportunity arises could be the difference between victory and defeat.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”