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These Wrecking Ball tricks will help you make more impact in Overwatch

Published: 28/Jan/2019 19:13 Updated: 28/Jan/2019 19:20

by Joe O'Brien


Overwatch YouTuber KarQ has put together a series of useful tricks for Wrecking Ball players on every map.

Wrecking Ball is one of the fastest and most maneuverable heroes in the game, and a large part of impact comes from making the most of that movement.

Perhaps even more so than most other heroes in Overwatch, therefore, it’s important for Wrecking Ball players to have an extensive repertoire of tricks and tactics for capitalizing on his capabilities.

KarQ brings on Yeatle, a top-500 North American player whose main hero is Wrecking Ball, to go over a useful trick for each map.

Yeatle highlights key locations where Wrecking Ball can inflict the most damage or be the most disruptive, as well as explaining exactly where players need to aim their grappling hook in order to reach certain locations or catch enemies off guard.

He also highlights that the maximum combo for Wrecking Ball players to aim for is a full 150 damage – 50 from the knockback on his swing, and 100 from the piledriver, so the ability to burst down lower-health heroes like supports and DPS is quite high if you can land it correctly.

While Wrecking Ball doesn’t have a hugely prominent place in the current prevailing meta – the infamous “GOATS” composition – the inevitable churn of balance updates will undoubtedly eventually give a hero as unique as Wrecking Ball a powerful role to play, a process which may even have already begun.


Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.