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Stealth Hammond is the best Overwatch strategy of the decade

Published: 9/Feb/2020 18:54

by Scott Robertson

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Wrecking Ball, operated by Hammond, is a unique hero in Overwatch that roams the battlefield in their mechanical hamster ball. But one player showcased a bizarre and surprisingly effective way to utilize the character on a Payload match.

You would think players would notice a big mechanical ball rolling around the map. Or when that ball starts shooting. Or when the objective they’re supposed to be defending is moving.

Alas, an Overwatch player used the mobile, destructive Wrecking Ball in a way that would make Solid Snake proud; hiding in plain sight.

Don’t mind me, just gonna go for a drive! (2500 comp ranking new acc) from Overwatch

In a competitive match, allegedly in the Platinum skill tier, Hammond’s team is trying to push forward the cart in a Payload game on Rialto, so Wrecking Ball gets behind the team and above the auto-forklift.

After hopping down directly into the lift, they align themselves perfectly next to the crate that’s being transported, and go for a relaxing ride with the defending team left completely unaware.

While the trick is indeed clever, the real highlight of this play is the unbelievable negligence of the enemy team. When the payload starts moving, not one of the five players on the other side event turns around to look at it, let alone try and stop it.

After that, Hammond stays perfectly still while passing an Ana that had rotated back. That Ana player did turn around and engage in a fight with Soldier 76, but even after Wrecking Ball went into walker mode to finish her off, they were still left alone.

It wasn’t until the very last second of the clip when the payload reaches a checkpoint that the enemy team finally turned its attention toward the sneaking tank. Several other users were shocked to see the tunnel vision that was on display, which was unbelievably bad even for Overwatch matchmaking standards.

This maneuver just goes to show that even at the Platinum skill level, silly tricks can still wreak havoc on teams with poor communication.

Between Wrecking Ball’s mobility, health, and damage output, who knew that stealth was their greatest weapon?

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Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.