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Florida Mayhem could have the hottest new Overwatch League skins in 2020

Published: 6/Jan/2020 19:45

by Bill Cooney

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The Florida Mayhem finally announced a brand new look for Overwatch League Season 3 on January 6, and their new skins could make them one of the sharpest-looking teams on stage.

The Mayhem are one of the original teams in the Overwatch League, but their original color scheme did cause many comparisons to McDonald’s during the first two seasons.

On the other hand, Florida’s Tier 2 team Mayhem Academy rocked hot pink, blue, and black that a lot of fans thought would look much better on the Overwatch League team than the Mayhem’s red and gold.

Florida did roll out new black and neon alternate jerseys during Season 2, which led to a lot of rumors about the team possibly looking to rebrand in the future.

The Overwatch LeagueThe Mayhem’s alternate jerseys from Season 2 seemed to be a bit of a preview for the team’s 2020 rebrand.

On January 6, 2020, the Mayhem teased fans with a preview of their Season 3 rebrand on Twitter, with a recolored logo for a team that seems to have fully embraced the pink.

“Allow us to reintroduce ourselves,” the team wrote on Twitter, along with a video of the old logo blowing up before revealing the new neon design.

Digital-looking blue palm trees along with the new logo and some synthwave music definitely show what direction the brand is trying to head in for 2020.

There’s no word on what all of the new, in-game Mayhem skins will look like at the time of writing, but the team did provide a few previews of their brand new look on a few different heroes.

The home skins are black, with pink and electric blue highlights. The new away skin is similar to the home look, but with white instead of black.

Pink and black are certainly a far cry from cosplaying as Ronald McDonald, and even makes the team look like some kind of anti-Hangzhou Spark.

Apart from Doomfist, Sigma, Lucio and Widow, the team also shared what Reinhardt’s new Mayhem skin will look like in 2020, and we have to say it’s a big improvement from red and gold.

There are a few unanswered questions still, like if the team will just be using it’s alternate jerseys from 2019 as their primary jersey for Season 3, and whether or not the old Mayhem skins will still be available.

Most fans won’t mind seeing the old color scheme go, but maybe we’ll see Florida pull out the old red and gold jerseys as their alternates in 2020.

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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.