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BlizzCon 2018: How to watch the Overwatch World Cup and announcements

Published: 1/Nov/2018 19:37 Updated: 2/Nov/2018 21:30

by Joe O'Brien

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BlizzCon 2018 is almost upon us, and that means lots to look forward to for Overwatch fans.

For fans of Blizzard games, BlizzCon is one of the highlights of the year. Big announcements for Blizzard franchises are reserved for their own convention, meaning if there is big news to come this is where it’ll be announced.

For Overwatch, that almost certainly includes the next hero, with both of the last two BlizzCons introducing someone new. It’s possible that a new cinematic short may debut, and there’s also been speculation that Blizzard might be revealing new PvE content.

If you can’t make it to the event live, you’ll still be able to watch the presentations in real time – but only with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, available for $49.99.

Everything announced at BlizzCon

As well as game announcements, BlizzCon also plays host to esports tournaments in their various titles. For Overwatch, it’s the playoffs of the Overwatch World Cup, which will see eight national teams battle to become World Champions.

Fortunately for esports fans, no ticket is needed to tune into the competition. The schedule for the World Cup and other Overwatch-related content at BlizzCon can be seen below.

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Opening Ceremony – Friday November 2

The only other aspect of BlizzCon that will be free to watch for all viewers, the opening ceremony isn’t specific to Overwatch, but could very well include Overwatch announcements. It’s expected that the new hero reveal will take place here.

Event PT ET GMT CET AEDT
Opening Ceremony 11 AM 2 PM 6 PM 7 PM 5 AM

Overwatch World Cup

Friday November 2

Match PT ET GMT CET AEDT
United States vs United Kingdom 12:15 PM 3:15 PM 7:15 PM 8:15 PM 6:15 AM
France vs Canada 2:15 PM 5:15 PM 9:15 PM 10:15 PM 8:15 AM
China vs Finland 4:15 PM 7:15 PM 11:15 PM 12:15 AM 10:15 AM
South Korea vs Australia 6:15 PM 9:15 PM 1:15 AM 2:15 AM 12:15 PM


Saturday November 3

Match PT ET GMT CET AEDT
Semi-Final 1 9:30 AM 12:30 PM 4:30 PM 5:30 PM 3:30 AM
Semi-Final 2 11:30 AM 2:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 5:30 AM
Bronze Medal Match 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 7:30 AM
Grand Final 3:45 PM 6:45 PM 10:45 PM 11:45 PM 9:45 AM
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Overwatch

The following Overwatch-related presentations will be available for Virtual Ticket holders.

Friday November 2

The “Overwatch: What’s Next” presentation will take place on the “Mythic” stage at the following times. It is expected that any major announcements will be made here.

Event Stage PT ET GMT CET AEDT
Overwatch: What’s Next Mythic 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 7:30 AM

Saturday November 3

The following presentations are being made relating to Overwatch.

Event Stage PT ET GMT CET AEDT
Artist at Work: Creating Overwatch Epic 10:15 AM 1:15 PM 5:15 PM 6:15 PM 4:15 AM
Voices of Overwatch Mythic 11:15 AM 2:15 PM 6:15 PM 7:15 PM 5:15 AM
Overwatch: Building a Hero Mythic 2:30 PM 5:30 PM 9:30 PM 10:30 PM 8:30 AM
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Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.