There are many ways to get the job done in Overwatch, but tanks have a knack for creating the best circumstances for huge plays. Over the last year, we’ve seen some phenomenal tanking play from Overwatch League and the Overwatch World Cup. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, here are five examples that had us falling in love with the frontline.
Fissure takes to the skies
Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek is one of Overwatch’s best Winston players. Though he will be on the Seoul Dynasty roster for the upcoming season of Overwatch League, most of his extraordinary plays to date came from his time with the Los Angeles Gladiators. In a “Battle for Los Angeles” match against the Los Angeles Valiant, Fissure put on a superhuman show that had the audience out of their seats:
It isn’t unheard of for Winston and D.Va to give Pharah a hard time, but this was just monstrous. Who needs the ground anyway? Fissure gets right in Brady “Agilities” Girardi’s face off the edge of the map for a huge kill.
Eqo and Poko team up
As we all know, Overwatch is all about positioning and teamwork. The Philadelphia Fusion provided numerous examples of this on their way to the OWL Inaugural Season Grand Finals, often off the backs of Josue “eqo” Corona and Gael “Poko” Gouzerch. Here’s a play from their historic Grand Finals match against the London Spitfire:
Eqo pins a few high-value targets down with a Graviton Surge and Poko follows up with a huge Self-Destruct — the good ol’ Wombo Combo. As usual, this devastating play ended with a full team wipe and Philadelphia capturing Point A of Volskaya. That’s one of the most satisfying ways to gain momentum on those dreaded “2CP” maps.
Fusions leads the charge against Team USA
The 2018 Overwatch World Cup finals were spicy thanks to Team UK. With only one OWL player on their roster, they made stacked teams like Team USA look silly. Cameron “Fusions” Bosworth’s Reinhardt performance was especially devastating, and one that won’t be forgotten anytime soon:
No matter what Team USA threw at him, Fusions seemed to be at the right place at the right time with his ultimate charged and ready to go. It was actually odd if he didn’t use Earthshatter once per major engagement — that’s how efficient he was. Since then, Fusions has signed with the Boston Uprising for Season Two of OWL.
“Semmler Bombs” impress at the All-Star Game
One of the biggest highlights of OWL’s All-Star Weekend was the Talent Takedown, which featured all of the desk and casting talent in an exhibition match. Though all the casters gave it their best, one, in particular, had fans losing their minds. Playing for the Pacific Division, Auguste “Semmler” Massonnat stole the show with ease thanks to several massive D.Va bombs like this one:
If you’ve never played Overwatch before, launching D.Va’s mech at just the right trajectory and strength can be quite difficult. Even pros often have their ultimates negated by a Reinhardt shield or simple positioning. Semmler’s efforts had many people comparing him to Poko, who made a name for himself with seemingly impossible multi-kills on D.Va.
Coolmatt saves Jake from certain death
You don’t always see D.Va players falling back for a defensive “boop,” so when it happens on the big stage, it usually catches people’s attention. This time around, Matt “Coolmatt” Iorio saw that Jake “JAKE” Lyon was about to take a trip back to spawn thanks to a charging Reinhardt and reacted accordingly:
If that isn’t the ultimate display of love on the battlefield, I don’t know what is. A second too soon, and Coolmatt would have been pinned himself. Too late, and JAKE would have died. What a pal.