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Hangzhou Spark reveal their official Overwatch League jerseys

Published: 18/Dec/2018 19:03 Updated: 18/Dec/2018 19:14

by Bill Cooney

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The Hangzhou Spark are one of the most hyped teams headed into Overwatch League Season Two, and now the team has revealed their sure to be best-selling jerseys.

Almost as soon as Hangzhou announced they would be going with pink as their primary color, they became one of the most anticipated expansion teams in the entire league.

While fans reception to the colors has been great, the team’s logo has proved to be a little underwhelming, especially for Chinese fans, but the new jerseys even make the logo look pretty good.

The team unveiled both pink home jerseys and white away jerseys in a gif on their Twitter page, and fans seemed to pretty happy with the design.

Both styles feature electric blue numbers and highlights that really look good with both the pink and the white, and should make these jerseys some of the most unique in the league.

Based on the reactions to the jerseys on Twitter from fans, these will probably become a best-seller the same day they’re released.

Fans won’t have to wait much longer to watch the team play either, with preseason matches starting on January 28.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”