A Bad Overwatch Player’s thoughts on Hammond (A.K.A. Wrecking Ball)

I am still one of those people playing Overwatch. It’s my safety net game, for those times when I don’t feel like playing anything else in my extensive video game collection and just want to play a bright, well-made and colourful nightmare situation.

It’s been a few weeks now since Blizzard introduced the game’s latest hero; Wrecking Ball. A hero that had been teased for a long time under the name Hammond. A name that, much to Blizzard’s dismay, the fan base seem to prefer. Myself included. Now that he’s showing up in competitive games and I feel the need to give my half baked opinion on him.

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The Teasing Lore of Overwatch

The end of April also marked the end of Overwatch’s latest seasonal event; Retribution. This event was a part of the recently named Archive series of events. A number of times a year, to coincide with particular real world celebrations, Overwatch holds time limited events which introduce new cosmetic items and game modes for its players. Archives are different.

The Archive events are unique because rather celebrate any real world occasion, they’re a focus on a piece of the game’s own lore and backstory in the form of co-operative gameplay style event. In this case, Retribution was the tale of when Overwatch’s black ops unit lost their anonymity and Gabriel Reyes started down the slippery slope that would turn him into “The Reaper”.

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Why I won’t play Mercy anymore

This piece of my half baked opinion. I’m not a pro. I’m no expert. I’m just a person who plays a video game to have fun, as bizarre a concept as that may seem, especially to a lot of the Overwatch fan base. These are my opinions based around playing Overwatch as a source of enjoyment and nothing else. So chill.

I mean, if you ask me real nice. I probably will still play Mercy. On occasion I will also take leave of my senses and just pick her when she feels like the best available pick. I guess I probably should have just called this piece “A breakdown of why Mercy isn’t fun to play for me”, but that doesn’t seem anywhere near as strong clickbait as what I’ve already got. For those of you who don’t know, the less “friendly” section of the Overwatch fanbase will get pretty triggered from reading that title up there. Because how dare the support player refuse to play the only healer worth playing.

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