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Overwatch artist reveals more details on Celestial D.Va & Gaia Reinhardt

Published: 15/Sep/2020 1:05

by Bill Cooney


One of the artists on the Overwatch team has gone into more detail about the inspiration for this year’s awesome All-Stars skins for Reinhardt and D.Va – and they actually continue a theme started all the way back in 2018.

Every year the Overwatch League All-Stars skins are some of the most anticipated by fans, since Blizzard tends to absolutely knock the designs out of the park.

That’s no different this year, with the amazing new Celestial D.Va and Gaia Reinhardt skins blowing us away. D.Va’s is the first new skin for the hero in more than a year, but it definitely seems to have been worth the wait.

Besides looking amazing though, the pair of exclusive tank cosmetics actually continues a theme for the All-Stars Weekend skins started back in 2018 with Genji and Tracer, as explained by Qiu Fang, a senior concept artist for Overwatch.

“The first year we started with sort of a tropical, tribal theme, and for Genji, the fantasy was kind of like he was this Volcanic god,” Fang explained. “For Tracer, she was like an Atlantean diety. I thought it was really cool because it was these ancient, mythical cultures from either side of the world.”

In 2019, the trend continued with Lucio and Mercy’s skins representing the Sun and Moon, respectively. This year, D.Va represents the all-encompassing, endless cosmos, contrasted with Reinhardt representing Gaia, also known as good old Mother Earth.

“D.Va, we wanted her to represent the Pacific, or Eastern Hemisphere, drawing influence from more Asian themes of mythology and the heavens,” he continued. “Very different from the European inspiration I drew for Reinhardt, which I thought was perfect because he’s German, so I was looking for something Celtic or something Norse. You can see that in the tree inscribed on his chest, kind of like the tree of life.”

D.Va Reinhardt Overwatch League All Stars skins
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The 2020 Overwatch League All-Stars skins will only be available for a limited time, so don’t miss your chance!

Fang also revealed that the most interesting ideas for hero skins in general “usually come from something drastically different from what the character started off as.”

If you want to grab these skins (and why wouldn’t you?) they’ll only be available from Sept. 29 to Oct. 12, after which Uncle Jeff will be locking them away for good. Like other All-Stars skins, they will cost 200 OWL Tokens to unlock, but if you don’t have enough there’s still time to earn some for free by watching the 2020 Grand Finals and All-Star Weekend events.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.