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Baptiste Reunion Challenge now live in Overwatch

Published: 18/Jun/2019 19:15 Updated: 19/Jun/2019 23:52

by Bill Cooney

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“What You Left Behind” by Overwatch Writer Alyssa Wong came out on June 17 and Blizzard wasted no time starting the Reunion event on June 18.

From June 18 to July 1 players will have the opportunity to unlock the new Baptiste skin by winning games and unlocking exclusive sprays by watching various streamers.

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Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers can unlock various cosmetics by playing games during the Reunion Challenge.

What can we unlock?

For winning games players will unlock a new Baptiste player icon at three wins, another two sprays for the hero at six wins and finally his new Epic skin at nine.

The new skin, called “Combat Medic” gives Baptiste a full face mask and some white armor that makes him look more like an actual medic then any of his other skins so far.

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Blizzard EntertainmentPlayers can also earn unique sprays by watching Overwatch streamers with Twitch drops enabled.

There are also seven absolutely adorable Baptiste sprays that can be unlocked by watching Overwatch streamers on Twitch that have Drops enabled for up to six hours.

Players need to have their Twitch account linked to their Battle.net, Playstation or XBOX account in order to receive the unlocked sprays. This can be done by going to “Connections” under the “Settings” tab while logged into Twitch.

What’s this about a new Overwatch patch?

Along with the Reunion Challenge, a major new Overwatch patch also came out on June 18 that contains balance changes for a number of heroes, and finally brings the Replay system off of the PTR.

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Replay will save the previous 10 matches played and allows players to go back and watch them in almost any way imaginable.

With a substantial new patch, new features and a new Baptiste skin to unlock, Overwatch players have plenty of new stuff to try out.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.