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Chinese Illustrator shares her original Overwatch League concepts for the Hangzhou Spark

Published: 15/Nov/2018 18:13 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 18:20

by Bill Cooney

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An artist who worked on the new Hangzhou Overwatch League team’s branding has shared some concepts that didn’t make the final cut.

The illustrator, 麦酒Ryebeer, posted the concepts, which feature the originally copyrighted team name “Railgun” to Chinese social media site Weibo, she said her boss allowed her to post them now that the official team reveal had taken place.

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Two of the logos feature a silhouetted  figure pointing a finger gun with electricity crackling around, and another featuring a pink wolf’s head.

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Based on Google translation of the Weibo post, the figure in the first two logos appears to be a reference to the character Misaka Mikoto from the popular anime Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, who, you guessed it, shoots electricity out of her hands using a finger gun.

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The wolf’s head logo has an interesting back story as well, the artist said it was her personal favorite, and is based on the shape of West Lake in Hangzhou.

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But, Hangzhou decided not to go with the “Railgun” name and decided on the much less copyright-infringing “Spark”, but stuck with the pink and blue color scheme.

Some fans might mourn the fact that Hangzhou passed up an opportunity to use a pink wolf head, with actual ties back to the city, as the logo, but finally getting a pink team in Overwatch League is probably enough to make most fans content.

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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.