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Easily unlock Overwatch League’s Zarya Alien skin with 2x token drops

Published: 26/Jun/2020 22:05

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch League’s new Sinatraa MVP skin has been a hot item since releasing on June 16, but fans won’t be able to get it past June 30. Luckily, the league is giving players an easy way to unlock it with double token drops.

The special Zarya Alien skin costs 200 tokens, which can either be purchased for real world currency or earned. By watching Overwatch League on their website or app and signing into your Blizzard account, you can earn five tokens for each hour you watch.

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The big bonus, however, comes for this weekend’s matches as OWL is going to be doubling the amount earned with each hour now awarding players 10 tokens.

With a whopping fourteen matches on the docket this weekend starting with the Asian region for night owls/early risers in North America, there’s no shortage of tokens to be earned.

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Matches in the Overwatch League are played in a first-to-three format, so their length differs depending on how long the series goes. That said, nearly every match ends up being over an hour with some well exceeding two.

When the weekend’s matches are all said and done, you should have enough tokens to purchase the limited time Alien skin, and maybe even get yourself a team skin while you’re at it with any leftovers.

Just follow these steps once matches begin: First, create or log in to your Blizzard account on the Overwatch League site or the Overwatch League app. From there, view a live stream of a match and collect your free tokens.

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Sinatraa's Zarya alien skin
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The Zarya Alien skin costs 200 league tokens.

This weekend’s matches will be played without hero pools as the final standings for the Summer Showdown are set.

The high profile match of the weekend will see the May Melee victors and reigning OWL Champions San Francisco Shock take on the Philadelphia Fusion on Sunday, June 28.

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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.