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The Roadhog buff Overwatch players never knew they needed has arrived

Published: 1/Jul/2019 22:59 Updated: 1/Jul/2019 23:25

by Bill Cooney

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A new mod for the Overwatch Workshop takes Roadhog’s ultimate and turns it into the ability it was always meant to be.

Whole Hog sprays 4928 total damage (spread out through the pellets) and pushes enemies back over 5.5 seconds while active, but decreases Hog’s movement speed by 25 percent.

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Overwatch Workshop master DarwinStreams managed to make Roadhog’s ultimate into the game-changer it really deserves to be with one simple change.

Blizzard EntertainmentWhole Hog is already good at deleting opponents, but what if it could do more?

A real one-man Apocalypse

Whole Hog has been made several orders of magnitude more intimidating with the simple addition of making Roadhog spin around like Reaper during his ultimate.

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Adding spin to Roadhog’s ultimate gives it the ability to deal damage in all directions around him, which would definitely have some drawbacks, but cause absolute chaos for an enemy team.

Blizzard EntertainmentSomething not being the best idea has never stopped Roadhog players in the past.

Imagine it: instead of leaving yourself wide open with Whole Hog, you could ult in the middle of an enemy team and send them flying out of position.

It wouldn’t do anything to keep a flying Pharah or some other sniper from taking you out, but besides looking absolutely hilarious, it would make any opponent think twice before getting too close.

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For players who want to try out DarwinStream’s new-and-improved Roadhog ultimate, the Workshop code is: VYF3E.

A big Summer for Overwatch

Besides the new Workshop Mode, Overwatch players also got the new Replay feature, which allows them to go back and watch matches from almost any perspective.

There’s also talk of a 2-2-2 Role Lock coming to the Overwatch League, which seemed to be confirmed by now-retired pro Chan-hyung ‘Fissure’ Baek on stream after he announced his retirement.

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Blizzard Entertainment/Robert PaulFissure made 2-2-2 seem like a sure thing on stream.

Whether or not a role lock will make it to the main game remains to be seen, but if Replay is anything to go off of, there could be a pretty good chance of it happening.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.