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Clever Overwatch stall spot stops teams from pushing Havana payload

Published: 2/Mar/2020 20:05

by Alan Bernal

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There is a clever spot on Havana that is surprisingly effective at keeping the enemy Overwatch team from pushing the payload past a certain point – until you get noticed, that is.

Havana is rife with sketchy turns where an opponent can be lurking for the perfect flank, but one Hammond player actually used a generally unnoticed corner on the map to waste precious time off the clock.

Reddit user ‘OG-Pine’ managed to keep themselves in Hammond’s Wrecking Ball form to blend in with environmental objects laid out on the map near the playload’s starting position. It also helped that the player had a wall of tall bushes to conceal his oversized mech.

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Overwatch players are used to finding tricky spots on Havana.

But the positioning started to pay off. While OG-Pine’s team did a great job at initially holding the foe’s advances, when they were ultimately drawn away from the payload, Wrecking Ball stayed behind to stall out the defense.

Placing themselves over a few boxes just outside of the Viola y Orsino building, the Ball looked like the fit in as just another decoration placed on the map.

The disguise proved to be helpful when the enemy team started to push up their payload. All a defending team needs is a single player on the truck to keep it from moving forward.

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The hidden hamster was in range of the payload’s lane, preventing it from being pushed up even though the other team was grouped up and ready to advance.

After about 30 seconds, the Hammond gave away their position. It was even more bewildering to see that trick work again moments after, seeing as they nestled themselves in the same place when the action cooled down.

There’s been stall spots discovered on Havana before, particularly with Wrecking Ball.

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Even though they were discovered, the Overwatch player was able to use the spot again in quick succession to stall out the enemy team.

These spots can gift teams entire minutes off the enemy team’s timer that makes them play much more desperately than they would have otherwise.

As more players become aware of this stall spot, expect more players to check this corner if they suddenly realize that the payload is being contested with no one in sight.

Until then, this could be an incredibly effective place on Havana to give your Overwatch team some time to regroup or to simply troll the other team.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.