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Clever Overwatch trick allows you to silence your footsteps

Published: 25/May/2020 9:53

by Connor Bennett

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An Overwatch player has uncovered a pretty clever trick that allows players to cover the noise of their footsteps after a jump no matter what hero they’re playing as.

Even though Overwatch has been on the market since 2016, players – be they a rookie or a veteran – are still able to find tips and tricks that give them the upper-hand over an opposing team. 

In recent weeks we’ve seen players find ways to quickly boost their ultimate charge and even a trick that allows Reaper to become an aerial threat rather than just a ground-based sharpshooter. However, a new trick has arrived that might surprise even the most loyal of Overwatch players.

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Overwatch has been around for years, but players are still finding tips and tricks.

The clever tip was pointed out by Mindfreak’s Joshua ‘Bus’ Bussell showing that as soon as a player jumps off a ledge, if they hold their jump button upon landing, their footsteps will pretty much be masked. 

“I thought this was a Hammond only trick but if you hold spacebar after dropping (not jumping) from a high ground your landing is almost silent,” the Aussie professional player tweeted. “I can’t believe I never knew this.”

Bussell even showcased himself pulling off the trick with a number of heroes, though while they might not make any noise, there are still sound cues in-play for objects – he steps on a metal hatch with Sombra, for example, and that bump can be heard ever so slightly. 

Obviously, while it is pretty clever, the tip might only work out in your favor in situational moments – it’s no good trying to play sneakily when you’re trading blows with enemies. Though, it could start to change the game with teams who draw up tactical roll-outs and want to leave their opponents pretty confused and on edge until they finally make a noise. We’ll just have to wait and see what they come up with.

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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.