Wrecking Ball's Emotes and Highlights Revealed on the Overwatch PTR - Dexerto

Wrecking Ball’s Emotes and Highlights Revealed on the Overwatch PTR

Published: 13/Jul/2018 2:29 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Joe O'Brien


The emotes and highlights for new Overwatch hero Wrecking Ball are now available on the PTR.

The latest hero to be added to Overwatch, Wrecking Ball is still in the public testing phase prior to his full release to the live servers.


Wrecking Ball is arguably Overwatch’s most bizzare hero yet – which is saying something – and managed to largely surprise a community that has typically had Blizzard’s hints figured out long before the official reveal, although there were those that had proposed what turned out to be an accurate theory.

The battle-mech from which the “Wrecking Ball” name is derived is piloted by Hammond, who had previously been mentioned as a subject at Horizon Lunar Colony more than a year in advance of his eventual reveal as a playable character. The twist, however, was that Hammond wasn’t a primate as most had assumed, but a hamster.


Blizzard is having fun with one of its more absurd hero concepts, with many of Wrecking Ball’s emotes and highlight intros rather tongue-in-cheek in tone. You can see the full set below:








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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.