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Five skins the Overwatch community wants from Winter Wonderland 2019

Published: 9/Dec/2019 1:37 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 1:44

by Brent Koepp

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Overwatch is expected to start its annual Winter Wonderland 2019 event sometime in the week starting December 8, and to celebrate we’ve gathered five skins the community wants to see in this year’s holiday-themed festivity.

The holiday spirit is in the air, as each day we get closer to Christmas. It also means Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland event is about to drop soon, which has fans on the edge of their seat in anticipation.

As is tradition, Blizzard will be releasing a new set of winter-themed skins for a select number of heroes. Here is round up of five skins that the community have been hoping to see.

Fawn Orisa

Talented artist ‘Christian Blanco‘ shared his concept on Twitter and wowed fans as it looked so real – some even mistook for it an official skin. His idea sees Tank hero Orisa transforming into a majestic fawn.

The deer head looks striking on the Omnic, as its piercing eyes glow from under its two pointy ears, and has antlers that arise from its crown. The white fur wrapped around the upper body give it a perfect winter feel.

More screenshots of the skin were posted on his social media, showing variations of the eyes, with one of them glowing red alongside its nose – a clever homage to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Ugly Christmas sweater Soldier: 76

Tumblr: moriesartworksSoldier would look amazing in an ugly Christmas sweater.

Perhaps the most requested Winter Wonderland skin to date has been Solider 76 in an ugly Christmas sweater, and Tumblr artist ‘Morie’s Artworks‘ perfectly captured the holiday tradition with their design.

The Damage hero has a tradition of having “regular clothing” skins, such as his iconic Grillmaster outfit that was released for the Summer Games event, which imagines our warrior as a dad cooking BBQ.

Soldier 76 already has a Winter Wonderland victory pose of him holding a hot cup of cocoa, which is just another reason this skin is perfect. Fans have taken to message boards in the past, disappointed that it hasn’t happened yet. Maybe this is the year?

Christmas angel Mercy

[Self] My own design for a Christmas Mercy from Overwatch skin! from cosplay

While not a drawn concept, cosplayer ‘sassyumbreon‘ stunned fans with her take on Mercy as the traditional Christmas angel that is often seen in nativity displays, or on top of Christmas trees all around the world.

The costume shows the support main wearing a flowing gold sash that wraps around her shoulders, a traditional rope belt on the waist, and a flowing white skirt. The angelic outfit had fans asking for it as a skin.

Seeing as Mercy is already designed around being a guardian angel, this concept is the perfect match for the iconic symbol for many during the holiday season.

Reindeer D.Va

Popular artist ‘vicki sigh‘ shared her adorable D.Va winter skin on her Twitter, which sees the Tank’s mech redesigned as a Christmas reindeer, while the beloved hero rocks a red and white holiday outfit.

The incredible artwork is bursting with colors and intricate details, from the mech’s candy-cane weapons, to the antlers on top, which creatively have Christmas lights strung across them.

Fans praised the design, with many begging Blizzard to make a similar skin for the annual event. As of the time of writing this article, the post has over 4.3 likes.

Snow Globe Wrecking Ball

DevygoneThe creative skin concept would be the perfect fit for Winter Wonderland.

Over on the Overwatch subreddit, creative artist ‘Devygone’ posted their brilliant concept which takes Hammond’s mech ball, and turns it into a snow globe.

The skin idea is so good, we wrote an entire article about it. Inside of the globe, snow particles move around, which would be a sight to be seen in action as players zip around the map.

To tie the whole thing together, the artist envisioned the cute Hammond rocking a Santa hat as he takes down his foes, making this an obvious fan creation that Blizzard should take inspiration from.

Call of Duty

Best Warzone loadout after DMR nerf: 8 classes for all playstyles

Published: 15/Jan/2021 16:35

by Jacob Hale

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The DMR 14 has received yet another a nerf in Warzone, and while it’s still strong pick, it’s no longer the crazy powerhouse it once was. Fortuantely, these eight weapons will help you find a worthy replacement.

The DMR has become arguably one of the most overpowered weapons in Call of Duty history, which definitely sets it alongside some elite competition.

In most Warzone lobbies now, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a squad not using the DMR even after both nerfs, which is also often paired with the Mac-10 SMG to capitalize on engagements at any range.

But now that it’s been nerfed twice, other guns now have the opportunity to shine, so here’s the weapons we think you could look at to replace the DMR if you want to try out something else.

Best Type 63 Warzone loadout

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War DMR
Activision
Think of the Type 63 as the DMR’s slightly less aggressive younger brother.
  • Muzzle: GRU Silencer
  • Barrel: 16.4 Rapid Fire
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Ergonomic Grip
  • Ammunition: 38 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x

The obvious choice, the Type 63 is another single-fire, tactical rifle from Black Ops Cold War, which isn’t quite as strong as the DMR but still packs a punch.

This loadout maximizes the Type 63’s bullet velocity, recoil control, and rate of fire. It has a very similar playstyle to that of the DMR, making it the perfect gun to use if you still love the tactical rifle playstyle . Despite the nerfs, it’s still a very powerful weapon and one you’ll want to utilize.

Best Krig 6 Warzone loadout

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The KRIG 6 is quickly climbing the popularity ladder.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Barrel: 19.7” Takedown
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 60 Rnd Fast Mag

At first, the Black Ops Cold War assault rifles didn’t quite look up to par with their Modern Warfare counterparts, but with some slight adjustments, they are more viable than ever before. This is especially true with the changes made to the Agency Suppressor, which brought it more in line with the Monolithic Suppressor on Modern Warfare’s weapons.

It won’t be quite as powerful as the DMR or the Type 63, but it will offer a full-auto alternative that is incredibly satisfying to play with in Verdansk.

Best Kar98k Warzone loadout

Kar98k
Activision
The Kar98k is great for players looking to mix deadly sniper shots with more mobility.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

If you’re looking for a marksman rifle that can replicate the strength and range of the DMR, the Kar98k is a great sniper for just that.

It has a higher rate of fire than other sniper rifles, as is expected from a marksman rifle, and shouldn’t leave too many hitmakers, providing you maintain a decent level of accuracy. You won’t be able to spam it like the DMR or the Type 63, but as long as you hit your shots, it can take down enemies at most ranges with relative ease.

Best Kilo 141 Warzone loadout

Kilo 141 Warzone
Activision
The Kilo still remains a decent pick in Warzone.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Arms 16.6″ SOCOM
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarell: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

Of course, one likely scenario, once the DMR is nerfed again, is that the Kilo 141 becomes the main assault rifle to run again.

While the Kilo/R9 meta started to become stale prior to Season 1, it was arguably not as frustrating as the current DMR meta, so expect to see the MW assault rifle crop up far more in the coming weeks.

Best Grau Warzone loadout

Grau Warzone
Activision
The Grau’s clean sight makes this gun incredibly versatile.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor.
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4” Archangel.
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic.
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip.
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags.

Remember the Grau assault rifle? It was the go-to in the early days of Warzone and while it has lost popularity over time, this AR still remains a perfectly viable weapon.

With the right loadout, the Grau hardly has any recoil, and a nice iron sight means you don’t even need to tack on an optic, giving you the option to add more attachments elsewhere. Of course, whacking on VLK 3.0x does enable you to secure some incredibly accurate kills.

Best FFAR 1 Warzone loadout

FFAR 1 Warzone loadout
Activision
The FFAR 1 is creeping into contention following its recent buff.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag

The FFAR has verged on being meta before, but it seems to be a solid contender for the time being. Its high rate of fire and clear iron sights makes it incredibly formidable amongst other ARs in the game. While it does have some high recoil, its relatively controllable, meaning it’s not too hard to get the hang of it after using it for a bit.

The FFAR has been subject to nerfs and buffs in the past, so it’s unclear just how much longer it’ll be viable but for now, it stands as a solid choice. Most notably, players have modified it to function like an SMG and have begun pairing it with a Kar98k.

Best CR-95 AMAX Warzone loadout

AMAX assault rifle
Treyarch/Activision
The AMAX is currently one of the most powerful Assault Rifles in the game.
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

Another weapon from the Modern Warfare era that’s been consistently good ever since it was released in-game is the CR-95 AMAX. While it’s not the easiest gun to control, it does have a pretty solid fire-rate and a lot of damage to go along with it.

Its recoil is pretty high, but it’s almost exclusively vertical, meaning you can learn and adapt to it pretty easily.

Best Groza Warzone loadout

Activision
The Groza is the newest weapon in Warzone and BOCW and it’s already proving to be a solid choice.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Underbarrell: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Barrel: 16.7 VDV Reinforced
  • Ammunition: VDV 60 RND Fast Mag

The Groza is technically the newest weapon on this list, as it was added to both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone during the game’s Season 1 update in December 2020, but it’s already showing some promise in the game’s meta and it’s easy to see why.

It has the highest base damage out of all the Black Ops Cold War weapons right now, and it’s relatively solid in all other statistical areas. The worst part about the Groza seems to be the high recoil and the bizarre-looking iron sights, which genuinely might throw off some people.

So, those are the weapons we think will replace the DMR now that it’s been hit by the developers. Of course, even after it’s second nerfing, it’s still a very formidable weapon if you know how to use it, but now other options have the chance to shine.

There are other guns that could work of course, such as the M4-A1 assault rifle and Kar98k marksman rifle, but in our eyes, they’re not quite of the same caliber as those above.