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Wild Overwatch glitch sends Wrecking Ball flying through the map

Published: 24/Jul/2020 20:49

by Bill Cooney

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A crazy new glitch appearing in Overwatch is taking Wrecking Ball on a wild ride through the map when Hammond uses his Grapple in certain areas.

Wrecking Ball’s Grapple can be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch to deal with, especially when players attach onto the payload or point to contest.

However, a new bug has popped up that seems to completely break the hero’s POV, sending the hamster all over the map when he’s just trying to swing around.

In the clip below from Reddit user swelii, it’s obvious something is going on when Grapple is used to try and stall the payload on defense. Instead of swinging around like normal, Hammond is apparently teleported all around the map, while still taking damage somehow as well.

stalling the cart with my hook sends me thru the map from Overwatch

First off, it doesn’t seem to be a latency issue, even though it shares similar characteristics. For one, Wrecking Ball is still contesting the point the entire time, and we don’t see any of the stop-start, rubber band effects you would expect when it’s just slow internet.

The glitch definitely made swelii’s POV look bizarre, but sadly they haven’t uploaded any replay footage so we can’t tell what it would look like to everyone else.

Since they were definitely contesting and taking damage the entire time, you’d think that Wrecking Ball would just look and be moving like normal to everyone else, even though the player had no way to really control him.

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This is one Overwatch glitch that just gets more confusing the more you think about it.

Hopefully swelii finds the time to upload footage of this admittedly hilarious glitch in replay so fans can see what it actually looked like, if they happen to still have it.

Whatever ended up happening, it’s clear Wrecking Ball still has some bizarre issues going on, but Grapple is one of the most unique hero abilities in Overwatch, so a few hiccups and strange glitches are nothing new to Hammond mains.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.