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Overwatch Archives 2020 skins are packed with hilarious Easter Eggs

Published: 13/Mar/2020 19:10 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 20:48

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s 2020 Archives event didn’t bring a new story mission for players, but it does add eight new skins to collect that are filled with all kinds of Easter Eggs.

Brigitte’s “Katt” animation, which is one of the few Legendary emotes available in the game, finally adds Jetpack Cat who players were convinced at one time would be an upcoming hero to Overwatch after all these years.

This could mean that Jetpack Cat won’t be one of the new heroes we see in OW2 since player’s emotes will be transferred over according to Blizzard. But you never know, since developers obviously had to spend some time rendering the adorable furball.

Pharah is next on our list with an Easter Egg that pays homage to her backstory, which fans haven’t really gotten much lore for since Overwatch was released in 2016.

Scattered around Pharah’s armor is red and white crests with “The Arab Republic of Egypt” written in Arabic underneath, which confirms the hero was in the Egyptian Air Force, something that was always suspected by players but never outright confirmed by Blizzard.

Finally we come to Junkrat, who’s “King Jamison” skin is filled with just as many Easter Eggs and jokes as there is treasure in the bag on his back.

In his sack of loot is one particularly interesting piece of booty, a silver shield with the Crest of Lordaeron on it from the lore of Warcraft, another Blizzard franchise. Credit goes to Overwatch tinkerer Owlero for discovering this one, how they managed to find it though, is unknown.

I noticed something interesting in Junkrat’s bundle of treasure. from Overwatch

Junkrat’s treasure bag also brings an in-game interaction he’s had with Hanzo for years full circle in one of the funniest ways possible.

Before some matches, where Hanzo and Junkrat are both on the field, Hanzo pop the question “Where did you hide your treasure? You could hardly have it on your person.”

“Treasure? Uh, sure I don’t know anything you’re talking about,” the Aussie replies. With any other Junkrat skin it seems like a random conversation, but with King Jamison, the whole back and forth turns into a pretty good gag.

The in-game interaction between Hanzo and Junkrat has finally come full circle. from Overwatch

Players have until April 2 to collect all of the new Overwatch skins for Archives 2020 and the Easter Eggs that come with them, but if you don’t get all the skins you want – don’t worry.

Overwatch’s Anniversary event usually begins sometime in May, and it gives players the opportunity to unlock any skin, emote, or cosmetic from past events, which would include this year’s Archives too.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.