Florida Mayhem President opens up about Overwatch pro TviQ driving the team bus during Season One - Dexerto
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Florida Mayhem President opens up about Overwatch pro TviQ driving the team bus during Season One

Published: 6/Feb/2019 1:34 Updated: 6/Feb/2019 1:55

by Bill Cooney

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One of the running jokes of Overwatch League Season One was the fact that player Kevyn “TviQ” Lindström drove the Florida Mayhem from their team house to the Blizzard Arena.

The joke eventually came to be a placeholder for many fans’ dissatisfaction for how they felt the way the team was operated during Season One.

In a Reddit AMA on February 5, Mayhem President John Kracum addressed one fan who asked about TviQ driving the team bus last season.

“The average bus driver salary is $31,000 a year. Don’t you think TviQ is over-paid?” Reddit user Toshiro46 asked.

“I guess he’s got a good agent?” Kracum joked. “It was an embarrassing issue we created last season and we’ve deserved to be roasted for it, but I’m still surprised at how well that label has stuck to TviQ.”

“I definitely feel like Principal Skinner in that clip about the children being wrong,” he added, referencing the popular Simpsons scene and meme.

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In addition to addressing fans’ concerns about TviQ’s future employment as a professional driver, Kracum also talked about the possibility of changing the team’s colors after one fan mentioned how popular the Mayhem Academy’s “vice” colors.

“Not only are there a lot of mechanisms involved in a major brand switch, but it’s not something that we should be comfortable doing at the drop of a hat,” Kracum responded. “I personally prefer the vice theme to our yellow and red, but I think our content folks have come up with a great graphic/imagery theme that takes advantage of our existing branding.”

The Mayhem have made a number of changes to their roster going into the 2019 season as well, TviQ is still on the team, but whether or not he retains his driving duties remains to be seen.

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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.