New York Excelsior's JJoNak is getting his own Overwatch skin - Dexerto
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New York Excelsior’s JJoNak is getting his own Overwatch skin

Published: 21/Jun/2019 8:13 Updated: 21/Jun/2019 8:37

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard are set to release a unique skin commemorating the Overwatch League Season One MVP, New York Excelsior’s Bang ‘JJoNak’ Sung-hyeon.

JJoNak will have his MVP award marked by an in-game skin for his signature hero, Zenyatta, that will be available for players to purchase.

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While the skin hasn’t been fully revealed yet, fans can get a sense of what to expect from the reactions of the NYXL players in the teaser clip.

The skin appears to have an octopus theme, with ‘Saebyeolbe’ stating “the orbs are octopuses”. JJoNak also says “the octopus is trapped in there”, with Saebyeolbe following up that “there is water in there, and it lives in it.”

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The theme would be appropriate given that JJoNak’s name actually stands for “Jjomullak Nakji”, which means “fumbling octopus”.

Blizzard have yet to announce the official release date of the skin, saying only that it is “coming soon.” The skin will be purchasable with League Tokens, and although a price hasn’t been announced, it is likely to match the other Overwatch League and All-Stars skins at 200 tokens.

JJoNak won the Overwatch League Season One MVP award after a stunning season in which his Zenyatta play was credited as a major factor in New York Excelsior’s success.

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Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentNew York Excelsior dominated most of Overwatch League Season One.

While the NYXL weren’t able to secure the trophy, they dominated the regular season, winning two of the four stage titles and finishing a massive seven wins ahead of second place in the overall standings.

Despite technically being a Support player, a role from which players are not usually expected to carry the game in quite so overt a fashion, JJoNak quickly established himself as one of the biggest damage threats in the league, both assassinating enemies with quick bursts and pumping out consistent damage with Zenyatta.

He did all of this despite being a true rookie, having been scouted from ranked play by the NYXL and making his professional debut in the Overwatch League, unlike most Season One players who had already established themselves at the highest level in the various pre-OWL tournaments.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.