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Overwatch animator’s wild new Bastion ult turns him into a better Pharah

Published: 18/Aug/2020 23:23

by Bill Cooney

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One Overwatch fan and animator has managed to give Bastion a terrifying new ultimate that basically turns the hero into Pharah with way more firepower.

Configuration: Tank transforms Bastion into – you guessed it – a tank, allowing him to fire shots that deal 205 damage per round, once a second.

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The loveable Omnic’s ultimate is already terrifying when you hear it activate and take aim at your team, especially without some kind of shield hero or someone who can negate damage nearby.

Apparently it wasn’t scary enough for Reddit user Rarithlynx, who adjusted the ultimate into ‘Configuration: Apache’, allowing Bastion to float around like Echo or Pharah while raining down death and destruction. Fun!

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I gave Bastion a new Ultimate Ability – Apache Helicopter (Made in Unity) from Overwatch

This monstrosity doesn’t stop there though; the new ability also allows him to use his machine gun and tank rockets during its active phase, to make sure whatever you take aim at will definitely be deleted by the end of the ult.

A change like this would definitely do wonders for Bastion’s pick rate across the board, but it’s also easy to see how it would make the hero a bit overpowered in traditional matches if this change was actually implemented in-game.

Where it could work quite well, though, is in PvE, like what we’ll be seeing in Overwatch 2 when it eventually releases. We got a preview of the new mode along with the game’s announcement at BlizzCon 2019, but since then Blizzard has basically been practicing radio silence on the upcoming sequel.

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We haven’t heard anything about the updates, or possible new configurations, coming for Bastion in Overwatch 2 yet.

We already know that PvE will feature tiered, customizable ability trees for each hero, so an actual attack helicopter Bastion, or some other kind of transformation, might not be entirely out of the question.

Thanks to Rarithlynx and their skills in the Unity engine, we know it’s certainly possible, but the Overwatch community, or the world, might not be ready for the awesome powers that would come if Bastion could turn into an Apache gunship.

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Secret Overwatch Contenders Skins leak again in Halloween patch

Published: 14/Oct/2020 1:24

by Brad Norton

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Blizzard appears ready to support the Tier 2 Overwatch scene in all-new ways as leaked Contenders Skins have slipped through the cracks in the latest Halloween Terror update.

As Contenders competition comes to a close in 2020, it seems as though Blizzard is gearing up to promote the amateur scene like never before. You might soon be able to don the same colors as those battling through the T2 side of Overwatch.

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Fans of high-level competition are able to buy their favorite Overwatch League Skins in the store. This supports each individual team and helps showcase the esport in-game. Beyond this, however, there hasn’t been a way to promote Contenders whatsoever.

Having kicked off in 2017, the T2 community has been anxiously awaiting any form of in-game support. After a series of leaks in April, that support might finally be on the horizon, after Overwatch players found new skins already live.

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The 2020 Halloween Terror event crash-landed on October 13. With it came all-new Junkenstein’s Revenge challenges, fresh cosmetics, and of course, a new balance update. However, a new leaked revealed more that lied beneath the surface in this patch.

“Contenders Skins are also on live patch,” Canadian Contenders player iCy revealed on the same day. Sigma was shown with his green and black outfit only ever available to players in official T2 matches.

While Contenders games have been played online for the better part of 2020, each team still loads in with a Home and Away style cosmetic. The former is black and green Skins while the latter is white and green.

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Blizzard also announced on October 13 that a Contenders Icon will soon be available too. A full announcement is forthcoming on Thursday, October 15 at 9 AM PT.

Both could soon be usable by players around the globe as they have once again, popped up in-game. Of note, however, there’s currently no price attached in the store. Overwatch League Skins are purchased with OWL Tokens. Perhaps the same will be true for Contenders Skins once they go live. Though for now, there’s no way to tell how we’ll unlock them.

Australian Contenders was the first to wrap up in 2020. Every other region is still yet to have dates locked in for the final rounds of action, however. North and South America, Europe, China, and Korea still have competition left this calendar year.

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