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Why Wrecking Ball is one of the best tanks in Overwatch

Published: 2/Apr/2019 0:27 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 0:47

by Bill Cooney

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Hammond is the newest tank hero added to Overwatch back in 2018 and after being out for several months, it’s clear he’s one of the best heroes for contesting the point in the game.

Hammond may be the most mobile tank in Overwatch, along with D.Va, and his kit is full of abilities like his Grapple Hook that allows him to get around the map quickly.

His hook lets him barge into enemy backlines and disrupt enemy teams, but it also allows him to contest the point better than almost any hero in the game, besides maybe Lucio with his Wallride.

Blizzard EntertainmentGrapple is one of Hammond’s most powerful abilities.

His Grapple also lets Hammond literally spin circles around enemies with maps that have some kind of pillar or obstacle in the middle, like Lijiang Tower Control Center or Oasis Gardens.

Hammond’s contesting abilities can be even better on maps with a payload, as Reddit user ‘Limitable‘ showed in a clip from a match on King’s Row.

As Limitable exits spawn, he uses the grapple first to get a huge speed boost which quickly gets him back to the point, then again to spin around the playload.

Once he’s attached, Hammond swings around and ends up knocking most of the other team off of the map for a massive environmental kill.

This won’t happen every time, obviously, but the time Hammond is able to spend on point could make or break a team’s defense.

Hammond and DVA are the best CONTESTING heroes for 2 CP. from r/Overwatch

Hammond got an update in the recent Baptiste patch that allows him to activate his shield without getting out of his ball mode, which only increases his survivability when he’s rolling around and makes him an even bigger headache to get off the point.

It will be interesting to see how players use Baptiste and Hammond together, or if they do at all, when Overwatch’s newest support hero becomes available in Competitive matches on April 2.

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New OWL season 4 start date may hint at Overwatch 2 release window

Published: 23/Nov/2020 20:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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In a new video, Overwatch League Vice President Jon Spector revealed that the fourth season of OWL will be beginning a bit later than normal, possibly hinting at a release of the game’s sequel.

Overwatch 2 was first announced at BlizzCon 2019 and since then fans have really been in the dark with the devs refusing to release any new information.

With the Overwatch League gearing up for its fourth season, fans have grown accustomed to seasons beginning in January or February, but that all changes going forward.

According to Jon Spector, the fourth season will be kicking off in the spring. While he chalked this up to the global health crisis, it’s also possible that Overwatch 2 could be influencing the decision a little bit as well.

Lucio in Overwatch 2
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Overwatch 2 will have a full campaign.

“Our 2021 season will start in the spring. That gives us a little more time to plan versus when we typically started in February,” he said. “It gives us and the teams a little bit more of an opportunity to deal with all the logistics and be ready to hit 2021 running when the season begins.”

With BlizzCon 2020 scrapped and moved to an online event in February, many fans believe that this will be where Blizzard shows off more from the long-awaited sequel including a release date.

Overwatch community figure Naeri tweeted, “The 2021 Overwatch League is officially set to be back in the spring. Therefore, it seems that you can check the exact release of Overwatch 2 on BlizzConline 2021.”

This isn’t the only evidence either. As Dexerto previously reported, streamer Metro, who leaked information about the sequel before it was made official claimed that the game will most likely be getting a beta if not a full release in 2021.

It would make sense that the league would want teams and players to be familiar with everything Overwatch 2 has to offer such as new heroes, maps and modes before the season begins.

Furthermore, there have been some rumors that season 4 will have a pre-season. This seems like another indicator that we’ll be looking at a completely new game.

Until then, we’ll have to keep our eyes open and see what the future holds once BlizzCon kicks off in February.