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Los Angeles Valiant Secures Semi-Final Spot in Overwatch League Playoffs

Published: 11/Jun/2018 16:18 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 18:35

by Joe O'Brien

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Los Angeles Valiant has guaranteed itself a spot in the semi-finals of the Overwatch League playoffs.

The Valiant swept aside the Houston Outlaws in the final match of Stage 4 week four to lock in the number one spot in the Pacific Division.

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The top six teams in the overall regular season standings will advance to the $1.7 million season playoffs. Of those six teams, the top team from each division will be seeded directly into the semi-finals, while the remaining four teams will be drawn into quarter-final match-ups based on placement.

The number one spot in the Atlantic division, and indeed the regular season overall, has been locked in for some time by the New York Excelsior, who were mathematically secure at the top of the standings in just the second week of Stage 4.

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The top spot in the Pacific division has been in contention for much longer, although as the stage has progressed the Valiant have looked increasingly likely to take it. With their win over the Outlaws, the closest Pacific division team below them, the LA Gladiators, can no longer catch up, securing a semi-final spot for the Valiant.

While the semi-final place would go to the top Pacific Division team whether they were first or seventh in the overall standings (which would technically be possible if all six Atlantic Division teams occupied the top-six places), the Valiant have also proven themselves worthy of it regardless of Division. Their match score and map difference mean they’ve also locked in a second-place regular season finish.

Heading into the final week of the regular season there are still some playoff spots on the line. Boston Uprising has locked in their place despite a weak stage, but the final three spots could still be in contention depending on the remaining matches.

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Overwatch Halloween Terror 2020 skins revealed: Echo, D.Va, Sigma

Published: 10/Oct/2020 19:22

by Theo Salaun

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During the 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals, Blizzard Entertainment finally revealed the 2020 Halloween Terror date and a few skins, including some incredible options for Echo, D.Va, and Sigma.

Halloween Terror is one of the Overwatch community’s favorite annual events and this year appears to be no different. With a surprise reveal during the OWL broadcast, fans finally got their first chance to see this October’s scary hero mashups and find out when they’ll be able to start unlocking them.

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Whether it’s Echo’s new Coraline-esque nightmare fuel, Flying Dutchman Sigma, Werewolf Winston or nine-tailed fox D.Va, the 2020 Halloween skins are, to put it lightly, very fun. And they’ll be available from October 13 to November 3.

Halloween Terror 2020 skins

In 2019, skins like Pharaoh Ana and Scorpion Widowmaker made a splash among the Blizzard title’s fans. Those, and ones from earlier years like Jack O’ Lantern Wrecking Ball, are finally unlocked for purchase again, but at a discounted price.

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As for 2020’s new skins, Brigitte and Sombra each get cool zombie versions, but Echo’s terrifying, hapshod puppet monstrosity is a creepy cut above the rest. With visible stitching and patching, the hero’s stained outfit is as sharp a contrast to her normal, sleek look, as creatively possible.

Then there are the three legendary tank skins, one for D.Va, one for Winston, and one for Sigma. D.Va is pale, dressed in similarly pale, tattered garb, with snow fox ears jutting out and nine ghostly tails she pops out of her MEKA, which is based on the traditional Korean homes called Hanok. 

Sigma’s skin finds the literal Flying Dutchman with glowing green skin and an intimidating pirate’s outfit, complete with a captain’s hat and a skull emblazoned upon his breastplate. Finally, Winston’s is simple: on Halloween, the gorilla scientist turns into a werewolf.

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When is Halloween Terror 2020?

It turns out that very shortly after the October 10 reveal, fans will be able to start grinding out their preferred skins and jumping into the Junkenstein’s Revenge PvE mode.

Halloween Terror will run from October 13 to November 3, giving a few weeks to open those loot boxes and secure all the spooky looks you can.