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Lucio mains stunned by incredible backwards Lijang rollout in Overwatch

Published: 28/Nov/2019 18:11 Updated: 28/Nov/2019 21:28

by Michael Gwilliam

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Lucio is one of the fastest heroes in Overwatch thanks to his ability to wallride and amplify his momentum by jumping onto surfaces. However, a new Lucio clip pushes the character to his absolute limits in a mesmerizing display of control.

In a new video uploaded to Reddit, Puffis_Senpai takes a Lijang Tower Garden rollout to the next level by wallriding backwards all while maintaining an incredible speed, getting from his spawn door to the point in just over four seconds.

The trick to getting to the point so quickly is to first wallride and bounce off the spawn door, use the Amp It Up ability to increase one’s speed, hit surfaces to further carry that momentum, and then propel yourself over the environmental gap using the rock in order to get to the point through a window.

Pulling all this off, however, is far easier said than done. It requires a lot of practice to do correctly, and if messed up, can result in your death trying to cross the gap. And that’s just going forwards. It’s a whole different ball game trying to do the trick backwards.

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In the backwards clip, the Lucio player does everything in reverse, with the exception of a neat 360 jump out of the spawn door. Everything else is smooth as silk.

According to Puffis_Senpai, he practiced the run for 40 minutes straight until he got a take he was happy with. “Had a lot of finished runs, even a .19, but this one was the smoothest I got yesterday and I had no time to keep going,” he wrote.

While doing the backwards rollout in an actual match may not be advised, learning how to do the rollout forwards could have its uses in the event you’re ever in a situation where you need to stall on the point.

Lijiang Tower: The Almighty Backwards Rollout! (4.21s) from Overwatch

Being able to get from the spawn back to the objective in just around four seconds can be the difference between victory and defeat.

Even if Lucio isn’t your main, learning this rollout can be essential to any support player in the event you need to swap heroes in a last ditch effort, and there’s no other support who can get to a location quite as fast as the South American hockey-playing musical artist himself.

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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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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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.