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3 Overwatch announcements we could see at BlizzCon 2018

Published: 31/Oct/2018 20:25 Updated: 1/Nov/2018 19:07

by Bill Cooney

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With BlizzCon coming up this weekend, there’s plenty of potential for new Overwatch content.

BlizzCon has been a place for big Overwatch announcements, news and action in the past, and with thousands of fans from all over the world gathering in Anaheim this weekend, there’s no reason to think this year will be any different.

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We don’t know exactly what’s coming, but below are three things that fans might see announced this year at BlizzCon.

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1. Hero 29 announced

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Last year, Moira was revealed during BlizzCon 2017, and there’s a lot of signs that could point to another hero reveal coming this year. The change to the payload on Route 66 is really similar to what happened on Numbani before Doomfist was announced – something got taken out of the container the payload was carrying.

Also, if you look at the time between the announcements of the most recent new Overwatch heroes like Doomfist, Moira, Brigitte and Wrecking Ball it’s about 3-4 months between each reveal. Hammond was announced back at the end of June, and with BlizzCon right at the start of November, that would fit the timeframe.

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2. Permanent PvE modes

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Earlier in the year, Goldman Sachs wrote in a stock outlook that a “possible Overwatch expansion” could be announced at BlizzCon this year. It doesn’t get very specific, but that could mean we could see permanent PvE modes announced.

Seasonal PvE modes, like for Junkenstein’s Revenge, and the Archives event, have proved popular among players, so we could see something resembling a story mode introduced. Maybe short PvE story missions featuring heroes that haven’t seen much dedicated lore (looking at you, Zenyatta).

Blizzard EntertainmentFans who purchase the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket will receive this awesome Sombra skin, but is it just the tip of the iceberg?

3. New Skins

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Yes, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan shot down any ideas about a new map being introduced at BlizzCon this year, but he didn’t say anything about new hero skins.

New skins inspired by other Blizzard franchises like StarCraft and Diablo were introduced last year, so it would make sense to see more in 2018.

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Blizzard fans who got the virtual ticket also unlocked the ‘Demon Hunter’ sombra skin, which might be just a preview of some of the awesome skins the Overwatch team has ready to release this weekend.


BlizzCon officially begins on Friday, November 2, with a 45-minute block of time carved out for Overwatch announcments from 1:30 – 2:15 pm PT. Only fans with the virtual ticket will be able to watch past the opening ceremonies.

The Overwatch World Cup starts on Friday as well, with the first quarterfinal match between the United States and the U.K. starting at 12:15 pm PT. Matches can be streamed for free on Youtube and Twitch.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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