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Multiple Overwatch hero balance changes teased – Mercy buffs & more

Published: 12/May/2020 1:31

by Bill Cooney


Multiple heroes will be getting balance changes in the coming weeks and months, according to what Jeff Kaplan said in the latest Overwatch Developer Update.

Jeff provided us with another developer update on May 11, and besides informing us that Open Queue would be added as another permanent Competitive mode alongside Role Queue, he also gave us a little preview of what hero changes we can expect going forward.

Almost every support hero will be seeing changes, along with a number of DPS and Tank heroes, as developers focus on “fast balancing” the game in 2020, as Jeff put it.

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Hopefully, the changes will please all those die-hard Mercy mains out there.

Jeff said that the changes he mentioned will be in an upcoming Experimental card, coming “very soon,” which Jeff clarified as the next “one or two” days following the dev update.

“A lot of changes targeted to make Bastion more viable, and I know many of you are just dying to see more Bastion in your matches,” Jeff teased. “So we’ll see how this goes. I’m sure you’ll all be very vocal about feedback.”

“Lots of changes to Support heroes, some are getting brought down a little, some are getting brought up a little,” Kaplan added. “For example, Ana is getting balance to tune her healing down a little bit, while Mercy is just getting healing that’s purely a buff.”

Timestamp at 4:40 for mobile viewers.

Jeff also threw out something for all of the desperate Zenyatta mains out there, as well, when he told us the Omnic monk’s Discord Orbs would be reverted back to their original stats.

“We’ve also put Zenyatta’s Discord Orb back to what it used to be, back up from 25 percent to 30 percent,” Jeff continued. “And we’re trying a bunch of changes with Moira, so we’d like to hear what you have to say about those.”

Jeff conveniently failed to mention what kind of Moira changes we might see on the Experimental card, but he did add that Junkrat and multiple other heroes besides the ones he mentioned would be getting updated as well.

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Zen will finally be getting his old Discord Orbs back.

According to a recent leak, Overwatch’s 2020 Anniversary event will be starting on Tuesday, May 12, but whether or not the Experimental card Jeff was talking about in the Dev Update will come then remains to be seen.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


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.