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How to unlock the limited-time Flying Ace Winston skin in Overwatch

Published: 30/Aug/2019 19:16 Updated: 4/May/2020 15:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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The new Legendary Flying Ace Winston skin is now available in Overwatch. Here’s how you can unlock the skin designed to honor the championship-winning London Spitfire Overwatch League team. 

The London Spitfire won the 2018 Overwatch League playoffs and the skin was unveiled one day after the one-year anniversary of that monumental victory.

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According to a post on the Overwatch League website, the dev team spent months researching to get the skin done right and tribute World War 2 Spitfire pilots.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe London Spitfire are the season one Overwatch League champions.

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They “took inspiration from the Spitfire Mark II plane itself for additional elements of Winston’s gear, including the battle-worn ‘Aces High’ iconography painted on the side of the fuselage and the propellers themselves,” the post reads.

Unlike League MVP JJonak’s “Zen-Nakji” skin, in which he had a lot of design input, this skin was a gift from the dev team and meant to be a surprise.

“We spent a lot of time trying to make sure we did a correct homage to that particular plane, so everything from the shape of the wings to his booster packs, which are actually a fuel tank that certain models had, and then on the sides, the exhaust vents—they all match the engine of the original Spitfire,” Senior outsource supervisor Nathan Brock said.

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Overwatch LeagueA lot of design work went into the skin.

How do you unlock the skin? 

Unlike traditional Overwatch skins, which can be found in loot boxes or purchased with in-game currency, the Winston skin is going to have to be purchased using League tokens.

League tokens can be earned by watching Overwatch League matches on Twitch with your accounts linked.

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You can also try your luck at “League Picks”. If you can make accurate predictions for Overwatch matches, you will be able to earn tokens which can then be spent on traditional League skins or the special items.

OWLFans can try “League Picks” to earn tokens for the Flying Ace skin.

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The Flying Ace skin costs 200 tokens or $10. So, if you don’t feel like trying to earn tokens through watching games and/or predicting matches, you can just buy the skin outright if you choose to. But be warned, the skin is only available until September 16.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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