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How to get 5 free Overwatch Winter Wonderland loot boxes for Christmas

Published: 24/Dec/2019 23:01 Updated: 24/Dec/2019 23:04

by Andrew Amos

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Christmas is only a short sleep away, and Overwatch is giving players some festive cheer in the form of five free loot boxes from the Winter Wonderland event. Here’s how you can get them.

The holiday season is in full swing with Christmas trees around the world slowly getting filled with little presents from all around.

If you are an Overwatch player though, there’ll be one present you can get that won’t fit under the tree, but will certainly give you some joy.

Blizzard EntertainmentBe sure to claim your five free loot boxes from the Overwatch team this Christmas.

As part of a thank you for its players, the Overwatch team have decided to spread Christmas cheer far and wide for 2019, giving players five wrapped boxes with a bow on top.

“We’d like to thank all the Overwatch heroes around the world for pushing the payload, defending the point, and helping us celebrate the holidays,” they said in a December 24 tweet.

Claiming the loot boxes is simple. All you have to do is log onto Overwatch before the Winter Wonderland event ends on January 2 and get the five loot boxes for free. 

To get the Winter Wonderland goodies inside, you’ll have to open it before January 2 as well, so be sure to look inside as soon as you get your gift. If you wait longer, there’s a chance they will turn into regular loot boxes without any of the special Christmas gear.

You could be greeted with a Nutcracker toy from Zenyatta, a Snowboard from Zarya, or your own personally-wrapped Bastion. Alternatively, you could put the credits you get to good use by picking up one of the new Christmas skins like Rat King Reaper or Rime Sigma.

Whichever way you choose to use your present from Blizzard, it’s a nice gesture heading into the holidays.

Blizzard EntertainmentThere’s a plethora of Christmas skins to unlock in Overwatch, including Ugly Sweater Soldier: 76.

There’s more free stuff on offer across the Winter Wonderland event as well. By completing the Weekly Challenges this week coming, you can get your hands on Snow Angel Mercy as the final weekly reward.

The Winter Wonderland event will wrap up on January 2, one week from now, so be sure to get in quick to get your free presents.

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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.”