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How to get an Overwatch League skin for free until April 29

Published: 10/Apr/2020 20:21

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch League fans finally have a chance to earn some free tokens and unlock a new team skin, but it’s not by watching matches on YouTube.

The League switched from broadcasting on Twitch to showing all matches on YouTube for the 2020 season, and a lot of fans were disappointed that the move also took away their ability to earn OWL Tokens.

Tokens are an in-game currency in Overwatch that allows players to purchase skins and other cosmetics from the League tab. Players used to earn them for free by watching games on Twitch with a linked account, but that option isn’t available on the new platform.

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OWL fans who watched every match to earn tokens haven’t been thrilled with the move to YouTube.

That means, in order to pick up new skins this year, players either have to purchase Tokens, or if you’ve been planning ahead, had them saved up from previous seasons.

However, for a limited time, Overwatch League fans will be able to earn enough free Tokens for a team skin of their choice.

All you have to do is use an email that’s connected to your Blizzard account to sign up for the Overwatch League mailing list. Even if you’re already receiving League emails, you can still input your information to get the free tokens, but if you want to take advantage of the offer, you need to do so by April 29.

After you sign up, the Tokens should appear sometime before May 6, as long as you use the same email connected to the Blizzard account you play Overwatch on.

There’s one more stipulation as well: the 100 free tokens you receive have to spent by May 31, 2020, or they’ll just disappear from your account.

Unfortunately, the promotion began just a day after the San Francisco Shock’s Championship Doomfist skin became unavailable, so only regular team skins can be unlocked with this method.

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The exclusive Thunder Doomfist skin was packed into the vault on April 9.

While this still doesn’t solve the main problem that many fans have with not receiving drops from YouTube, at least it gives them the opportunity to pick up a League skin for free.

Whether or not the League will reward Tokens for watching matches on YouTube in the future remains to be seen, but it would definitely encourage a few more people to tune in each week.

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Overwatch players want Hanzo buff reverted as hero becomes tank killer

Published: 20/Jan/2021 17:46

by Michael Gwilliam

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Hanzo’s new Storm Arrow buff may have flown a bit under the radar when it was first introduced, but Overwatch players have soon discovered just how devastating he is with an improved shot recovery time.

On January 12, the Overwatch Kanezaka Challenge update went live, bringing some nerfs to Wrecking Ball, Ashe and Sigma as well as a buff to Hanzo that saw his Storm Arrow shot recovery time reduced from 0.3 to 0.25 seconds.

As it turns out, this buff is a lot bigger than it seemed on paper and has turned the Shimada archer into a tank buster.

Hanzo main ‘Arrge’ took to Twitter to explain just what this buff meant. After firing one normal arrow dealing 125 damage, he can follow it up by spamming Storm Arrows. Considering they do 70 damage each and he has five of them, this means he can deal 475 damage.

While Arrge’s math was slightly off, the fact remains the same: Hanzo can destroy tanks. Plus, that 475 doesn’t include headshots.

If every single shot was a headshot then the original arrow would deal 250 damage and then 140 for every Storm Arrow shot after that. This all adds up to a whopping 950 damage in under two seconds.

With 950 damage, Hanzo can delete any tank in the game with the exception being a Winston in Primal Rage, who would have 50 HP by the time it’s all said and done. However, with any sort of damage modification, Hanzo would be able to down him as well.

Hanzo wields his bow
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Hanzo’s Storm Arrows got buffed big time.

“I feel conflicted because it seems more viable to go for braindead frontline spam instead of using the strats I have practiced over the past few months,” Arrge remarked when asked how he felt about the buff.

“I don’t think this is a good change. They give him burst when he’s meant to be a sniper. They should do something different about storm arrows. And bring back his projectile speed,” another remarked.

Plenty of users seemed to be in agreement that a change to his primary fire speed would be better than this Storm Arrow buff. We’ll have to wait and see how the developers handle things, but for the time being, Hanzo may be the best tank-killer in the game.