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Blizzard Developer Provides Tactics, Counters For Overwatch’s Wrecking Ball

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Blizzard’s lead designer Geoff Goodman is breaking down how to use the newest character, Wrecking Ball, offering both tactics and counters to help players along the way when using the newest hero.

Best Tactics:

“Occasionally, you have enemy compositions that are comprised of something like Orisa, some snipers, maybe Bastion, and they’re really tightly packed together behind Orisa or Reinhardt’s shield,” Geoff Goodman explains. “In those cases, Wrecking Ball should be really good.”

Counters:

“Anything that disrupts movement at all, even just briefly, can really mess him up,” Goodman says. “He doesn’t blink away or teleport away – even though he’s fast, he has to build up that speed. When he goes in and smashes into everyone or does a Piledriver, he has to start from zero again. That extra bit of time to get away or re-position can really be abused.

“Even if you hit him with a McCree flashbang, he has to restart that momentum. He’s a giant, round character. Those characters in our game, as Zenyatta players will tell you, they tend to get hit with every bullet. So any time you’re not able to move around it gets really bad for him.”

Team Composition, Dive:

“Three tanks who can dive in and jump on the enemy team, Winston, D.Va, Wrecking Ball might be a thing,” Goodman says. “We may have some new, weird dive thing happening with him but we’ll have to see. We love dive – it’s super fun to watch, super fun to play, I think it has some interesting counters. One thing that’s cool with Wrecking Ball is that maybe we can broaden the concept of dive even more.”

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Epic Games Delays Fortnite Season 6, Implements 400% XP Bonus Weekend

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Epic Games has announced that Fortnite Season 6 will be delayed until September 27th, two days after it’s initial release date of September 25th.

While the delay is a drag, Epic did unveil that this weekend would be 400% bonus XP, a nice consolation prize for the delay.

 

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Blizzard Cracking Down on Pursuit, Visor, Third-Party Apps in Overwatch

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The use of third-party apps such as Pursuit and Visor, are getting the crack down by Blizzard, who emailed a number of Overwatch players advising them to cease using the apps, primarily used to improve their performance in competitive games, in Overwatch.

“These programs provide benefits not normally achievable in the game, and detract from the integrity of the game environment,” Blizzard said, (h/t Sabriel Mastin on Twitter)

“This is only a warning and we are not penalising your Blizzard or Overwatch account at this time. Continued use of unauthorised third-party programs will result in action taken against your account.”

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Destiny 2: Forsaken 2.0.3.1 Hotfix Tweaks Ace of Spades Quest, Telesto Bling Well Exploit

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Bungie has implemented a brand new hotfix that addresses a few bugs, as well as tweaks the Ace of Spades quest to be much more easier to complete.

Hotfix 2.0.3.1 officially arrived on Thursday and in regards to the Ace of Spades Exotic quest, players no longer have to use a hand cannon to kill five invaders in Gambit, they can now complete the task by using a hand cannon in Gambit to kill general enemies.

The fix also addresses an exploit in the Blind Well horde mode in the Dreaming City.

Here are the patch notes:

Heroic Adventures

  • Fixed an issue where Barons were providing Legendary rewards outside of Heroic adventures
  • Barons in Heroic adventures now reward one guaranteed Legendary per day
  • Subsequent kills grant Legendary rewards at a reduced rate

Weapons/Items

  • Fixed an issue where players can get stuck with the Origin Story or the Last Dance weapons if they use the character level boost after obtaining them in Homecoming
  • Fixed an issue where BrayTech Legendary Scout Rifle dismantled into Mod Components

Dreaming City

  • The Offering to the Oracle now sorts to the Pursuits bucket, rather than Consumables
  • Removed the weekly bounty that required players to redeem an Offering for the Oracle
  • The Dreaming City weekly challenge now requires only two weekly bounty completions
  • Fixed an issue where some enemies would improperly spawn chests after being killed
  • Players can no longer obtain Dreaming City rewards when repeating the mission “Awakening”
  • Fixed an issue where Telesto could be used to accelerate progression of objectives in the Blind Well

Gambit

  • Players may now progress the “Cayde’s Will” quest step by defeating either invaders or general enemies with Hand Cannons
  • Turned off rejoin functionality in Gambit

 

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