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Improve your Doomfist play with Overwatch parkour Workshop mode

Published: 30/Nov/2019 16:55

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch player showed off a “Doomfist Parkour” Workshop mode that helps players improve their movement mechanics with the hero.

The Workshop mode involves using Doomfist to traverse across the map without hitting the floor, and Reddit user Epidermis_OW showed off their completion of the Hanamura course with a blistering time of just over two minutes.

The mode starts off the player in a circular zone, from which they must move to the next zone without touching the floor. If the player touches the floor before they reach the target zone, they’re reset back to the start point. In this way, the player must move across the map from zone to zone.

In some cases, simply using Doomfist’s abilities in the right order isn’t sufficient – you also need to use some clever tricks to get the most out of them, such as hitting surfaces at an angle with Rocket Punch in order to “bounce” off of them and gain height or distance. In some cases, it’s even necessary to use the roofs to stall while abilities come back off of cooldown.

Doomfist Parkour: Hanamura Difficulty 2 in 138 seconds from r/Overwatch

While ‘Doomfist Parkour’ acts as an interesting challenge in its own right for those that wish to test how fast they can traverse the map’s course, it’s also a useful training tool.

Movement is a key aspect of Doomfist’s kit, with the ability to dive in and out of the enemy lines key to maximizing his impact as an assassin and general disruptive force. Completing this course requires a great degree of precision as well as an understanding of various movement tricks, so practicing it will inevitably hone your mechanics with the hero.

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For those who wish to try out the mode, you can do so by importing it with the share code QH2C9.

Watching Epidermis_OW’s demonstration on Hanamura might also be worthwhile, as not only do many of the challenges require a specific sequence and timing but in some cases, it might not be entirely clear how it’s even possible to make it from one point to the next.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.