Here's how South Korea's JJoNak survived a point-blank EMP in the Overwatch World Cup - Dexerto

Here’s how South Korea’s JJoNak survived a point-blank EMP in the Overwatch World Cup

Published: 5/Nov/2018 10:47 Updated: 5/Nov/2018 10:49

by Joe O'Brien


South Korea support Bang ‘JJoNak’ Sung-hyeon miraculously survived an assassination attempt with some fast footwork and incredible team support.

Nobody made a bigger impact on Season One of the Overwatch League than JJoNak. Coming in as a rookie, he established himself not only as the best Zenyatta player in the world, but also as the MVP of the entire regular season.

As well as his immense individual talent, however,  JJoNak also benefitted from unusual levels of support from his team-mates in the Overwatch League. Recognizing just how powerful he could be if enabled, New York Excelsior played around JJoNak in a manner no other Zenyatta player could command.

It seems that mind-set translated to the South Korean World Cup team – which was coached by NYXL head coach Yu ‘Pavane’ Hyeon-sang – as LA Valiant support Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy identified while reviewing games on his stream.

On King’s Row during the semi-final between South Korea and the United Kingdom, as South Korea was about to complete their offensive push, UK’s ‘MikeyA’ managed to find JJoNak isolated at the back of his team with Sombra’s EMP.

The reaction from South Korea is almost instantaneous. Sombra’s EMP should be a death sentence for Zenyatta, instantly removing the vast majority of his effective health pool, which is his shields. Instead, the South Korea players immediately turned to cover their support super star, healing and protecting him through the danger.

As former San Francisco Shock support Daniel ‘dhaK’ Martinez identified on his own stream, however, JJoNak himself deserves some credit for his survival. Upon being hit by the EMP, JJoNak immediately responded with evasive movement that helped him avoid an immediate death.

Zenyatta isn’t the most mobile of heroes, but it was enough to dodge the assassination attempt and keep him alive long enough for his team’s support to matter.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.