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Everything You Need to Know About the Overwatch World Cup Los Angeles Qualifier

Published: 6/Sep/2018 15:47 Updated: 6/Sep/2018 15:49

by Joe O'Brien

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The 2018 Overwatch World Cup Continues on September 7-9 with the Los Angeles Qualifier.

The second of four group stages for this year’s World Cup, the Los Angeles Qualifier will see six national teams fighting for just two spots in the playoffs at Blizzcon, November 2-3.

The first qualifier took place in Incheon, South Korea, where the host nation and reigning World Champions claimed their place, alongside Finland.

The LA Qualifier, which will be held in the Overwatch League arena, might be the most anticipated of the four, as it will feature the first official clash of this year’s World Cup between the United States and Canada.

To spice up the national rivalry even further, the LA Gladiators, LA Valiant, and Houston Outlaws each have players on both sides, while the Dallas Fuel are providing the head coaches for each. Fuel head coach Aaron ‘Aero’ Atkins is leading the USA, while assistant coach Justin ‘Jayne’ Conroy directs team Canada.

Here’s everything you need to know to catch all of the action at the Los Angeles Qualifier.

Teams

United States

Player Role Team
Hydration DPS LA Gladiators
Sinatraa DPS San Francisco Shock
ZachaREE DPS Fusion University
SPACE Flex LA Valiant
Muma Main Tank Houston Outlaws
Rawkus Support Houston Outlaws
Moth Support San Francisco Shock
Aero Coach Dallas Fuel


Austria

Player Role Team
MrDragonLol DPS We Have Org
Stvn DPS
HeroRay DPS
Sensotix Flex DUI
Wat7 Main Tank
ecLipse Support
Minimi Support DUI
ub3rb1ng0 Coach DUI


Brazil

Player Role Team
liko DPS Brasil Gaming House
dudu DPS Brasil Gaming House
honorato Flex Brasil Gaming House
Wetter Flex Black Dragons Esports
neil Main Tank Brasil Gaming House
alemao Support Brasil Gaming House
ole Support Black Dragons Esports
TMATTEI Coach Brasil Gaming House


Canada

Player Role Team
Surefour DPS LA Gladiators
Agilities DPS LA Valiant
Mangachu DPS XL2 Academy
NotE Flex Boston Uprising
xQc Main Tank
Bani Support Houston Outlaws
Crimzo Support Team Envy
Jayne Coach Dallas Fuel


Norway

Player Role Team
TracK DPS Young and Beautiful
ONIGOD DPS Angry Titans
Frost DPS One PoinT
Tricky Flex
Decod Main Tank Last Night’s Leftovers
Iko Support
iPN Support Angry Titans
mkL Coach Last Night’s Leftovers


Switzerland

Player Role Team
Luux DPS Silent Gaming
Shinoda DPS SPG Esports
Kiba Flex Lausanne Esports
Helv Main Tank
Mimi7 Main Tank Silent Gaming
R3M1X Support Silent Gaming
Sk0rpi0n Support Silent Gaming
shn Coach Lausanne Esports


Schedule

Friday, September 7

Team 1 Score Team 2 PDT EDT BST AEST
Austria vs Canada 10am 1pm 6pm 3am
Norway vs Switzerland 11:45am 2:45pm 7:45pm 4:45am
Canada vs Brazil 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm 6:30am
Austria vs USA 3:15pm 6:15pm 11:15pm 8:15am
Norway vs Brazil 5pm 8pm 1am 10am


Saturday, September 8

Team 1 Score Team 2 PDT EDT BST AEST
Switzerland vs Austria 10am 1pm 6pm 3am
Brazil vs USA 11:45am 2:45pm 7:45pm 4:45am
Norway vs Canada 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm 6:30pm
USA vs Switzerland 3:15pm 6:15pm 11:15pm 8:15pm
Brazil vs Austria 5pm 8pm 1am 10am


Sunday, September 9

Team 1 Score Team 2 PDT EDT BST AEST
Norway vs Austria 10am 1pm 6pm 3am
Canada vs Switzerland 11:45am 2:45pm 7:45pm 4:45pm
Norway vs USA 1:30pm 4:30pm 9:30pm 6:30am
Switzerland vs Brazil 3:15pm 6:15pm 11:15pm 8:15am
USA vs Canada 5pm 8pm 1am 10am
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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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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.

Sombra fires Machine Pistol
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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.