Wrecking Ball Submarine skin could tease underwater Overwatch map

Published: 20/May/2020 0:54

by Bill Cooney


The Overwatch community, always on the hunt for the slightest whiff of new content, seems to have discovered a potential teaser for a new map in the promotional images for the Anniversary 2020 event.

Overwatch’s fourth Anniversary celebration kicked off on May 19, and Blizzard may have thrown in an early hint for a possible upcoming map along with all of the brand new skins.

As they do with almost every event, Blizzard put out promotional images showcasing most of the new cosmetics. The one that’s of interest this year is Wrecking Ball’s awesome Submarine skin, which is shown in an underwater setting that doesn’t match any known area in the game so far.

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Wrecking Ball was the only hero not pictured on a map that we could identify.

Looking past the skin itself, which is perfect for an underwater setting, we can see that Junkrat’s RIP Tire from his “Beachrat” skin to the right. This could mean the area is just like the beach from Summer Games, a static setting we’ll never get to play, but it definitely seems like there’s more going on.

We weren’t the only ones to notice how strange the setting for Hammond’s photoshoot was either, Overwatch YouTuber Stylosa, who’s had inside knowledge of upcoming content before, quipped that it could be a map tease, maybe for a “Watchpoint Atlantis” map.

We could be looking way too much into it, but there is a lot of detail included in what would be a one-time-use image if it weren’t a teaser or part of something larger. Behind Hammond, to the right, is the head of one of the same statues that can be found on Temple of Anubis partially buried in the sand. Maybe in Overwatch’s future, Atlantis has been discovered and they shared culture or traded with the Egyptians who built Temple of Anubis.

All the way in the back of the image, you can make out the shape of what seems to be a boat sitting on the seafloor. Some theories have Atlantis located in the Bermuda Triangle, and even though there’s absolutely no hard evidence backing that up, it would make a great location for an Overwatch map.

There’s only so much you can pull from one image alone, but, even though developers have come out and said there won’t be any new heroes after Echo until Overwatch 2, they haven’t said the same about adding new maps.

As we move through the year, into Summer Games and beyond, it might be worth keeping an eye out for clues hidden around Overwatch about a new map, because they might be staring us in the face already.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.