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Wrecking Ball disabled in Overwatch Competitive due to game-breaking bug

Published: 19/Jun/2019 18:32 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 18:38

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch has disabled Wrecking Ball in Competitive play on Xbox after reports of a game-breaking bug following the June 18 patch.

The most recent Overwatch update contained a number of balance changes for heroes, the Replay system and Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge, but it also seems to have included a serious bug.

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Shortly after the patch on June 18 was released, players started noticing a glitch that caused Overwatch to crash when multiple ultimates were used at the same time. At this point, it only seems to be affecting Xbox players, so PC and PS4 players can play without worry.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe bug seems to have something to do with Wrecking Ball’s ultimate.

Hammond seems to be the problem

It’s not just any two ultimates that can cause the bug because crashes only seem to happen when Wrecking Ball uses his Minefield ultimate at the same time a teammate uses theirs, which causes the entire enemy team to disconnect from the game/crash.

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Obviously, this glitch had some serious potential for abuse, especially in ranked so it’s no surprise Blizzard acted relatively quickly to the problem.

On June 19 the Blizzard announced they were disabling Hammond on Xbox until they could get the game-ending bug fixed, at the time of writing Wrecking Ball is still disabled and Blizzard has yet to inform us when he’ll be back.

We still don’t know if Blizzard will take any action against players who exploited the glitch to gain SR while it was happening, but the publisher has been known to take action against players that have exploited obvious bugs in the past.

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Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge, Replays and More

Overwatch’s June 18 Patch brought a lot of new content to the game such as balance updates for several heroes, including a buff to McCree that’s got folks pretty excited to cowboy around.

Baptiste’s Reunion Challenge also started on June 18 and players have until July 1 to unlock the player icon, sprays and new skin that are only available while the Challenge is going on.

Finally the Replay feature, which also went live on June 18, is already being used by players to capture a ton of great (mostly hilarious) moments from their previous matches. 

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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.