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Sneaky Hammonds are teaching Overwatch players a valuable lesson

Published: 2/May/2020 23:54

by Theo Salaun

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Recent crafty plays from Wrecking Balls in Overwatch have been teaching the community to make sure to keep an eye on the payload. 

It’s 2AM – do you know where your payload is? Some recent highlights have cemented one of Overwatch’s most critical, eternal truths: you must pay attention to the objective.

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There is a history of Overwatch players, casuals, and professionals alike, letting their silly bones get the best of them in order to thirst kills and ignore the objective. Known as the “C9,” Cloud9 brought the issue to light back in 2017 by losing three maps because they left the point while winning a fight.


 

Now the issue is returning to prominence, thanks to Reddit Wrecking Balls who are sharing their educational clips online.

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In the first instance, ‘MuskyBollocks’ takes a flank as Hammond while attacking Eichenwalde’s first point, and proceeds to casually sit his round self on the edge of the point as the rest of his team faces their foes five on six.

The defending team gets three picks during the back cap, but his team is able to get a couple picks of their own, as well as a resurrection, courtesy of Mercy. But, ultimately, none of that combat mattered because no defender realizes their point is being taken and MuskyBollocks’ team gets to take hold of the payload for free.

2AM Overwatch is just magical… from Overwatch

 

In a much more egregious example, ‘legeri’ proves that the 2AM Hammond curse is real by hanging out, and pushing the payload in Havana while his team loses a fight.

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With every attacker but the tank dead, all five defenders decide to walk away from the payload in order to presumptively spawn-camp the attacking team. Unfortunately for them, the coy hamster then caps the point right behind their backs.

Fortunately for the rest of us, there is a lesson in their momentary loss and we can all learn from these two clips. 

Inspired by the other 2AM Hammond backcap from Overwatch

 

Amassing kills is fun, but winning is funner. Gaining advantages in team fights is crucial to Overwatch success, but is for naught if you ignore the objective.

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Whether that objective is a capture point or a payload, let’s all remember the cardinal rule: keep an eye on the prize, especially if hamsters are around.

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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.