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Overwatch: Atlanta Reign win huge upset after SF Shock 'C9' at OWL Playoffs

Published: 7/Sep/2019 12:23

by Connor Bennett


The Atlanta Reign secured a surprising victory over the San Francisco Shock in the Overwatch League Playoffs as one of the event favorites decided to pay tribute to the infamous C9. 

When it comes to losing a game of Overwatch, plenty of things can go wrong and cause a defeat – especially when it’s in the Overwatch League and everyone is a talented player at the peak of their powers. 

However, there is no substitute for committing a C9 – where you, somehow, don’t sit on the point during a defensive stand in an Escort game and allow your opponents to win by default. That cruel and embarrassing fate fell upon the San Francisco Shock as they took on the Atlanta Reign. 

Robert Paul/Blizzard EntertainmentThe Reign caused a stunning upset against the Shock.

With their game of Escort on Rialto tied at 2-2, and with the Reign on offense, the Shock were left to defend a tiny chokehold while under extreme pressure from their opponents. Members of the shock were on the point, holding back the Reign push until BayBay secured a kill on Smurf and there was no one else left sat on the point.

The remaining members of the Shock didn’t hop on the point and stayed just off to the side, allowing the Reign to get those vital few meters into the target zone, securing the upset victory with a classic C9.

The victory sparked wild celebrations from the Reign players, as they immediately threw off their headsets, jumped up, and begun bouncing around the stage. 

Yet, even during the Reign’s celebrations, the casters were left to try and figure out how exactly the victory had happened. They broke out the top-down view of the final engagement and couldn’t understand why nobody from the Shock jumped on the point in such a vital moment.

Despite their defeat, the Shock has to quickly regain and prepare to dive back into playoff action as they take on the London Spitfire in their final Week 2 match-up. 

The Reign, however, will be looking to use their new-found momentum to cause another upset as they do battle with the New York Excelsior – as everyone attempts to make it to the Grand Finals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 29.


Overwatch battle pass? Blizzard teases major changes for franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:00

by Nate Searl


An Activision Blizzard investor reveals that the Overwatch franchise is in for some major innovations that should help bring in consistent revenue. It sounds like the game might be getting a Battle Pass. 

Overwatch has been one of the most consistent games since its release back in 2016 with a very basic business model. The game has a set cost and the only microtransactions are loot boxes that provide cosmetic items.

New cosmetic items only come out during seasonal events, which are the same every year, and there isn’t currently any form of Battle Pass. According to an Activision Blizzard investor, the business model is going to change soon.

Is Overwatch getting a Battle Pass?

Most popular online multiplayer games like Fortnite, League of Legends, Valorant, etc. are free to play and have some form of Battle Pass that helps them bring in money. Overwatch never did this, and currently relies on game sales and loot box sales to bring in revenue.

Overwatch Battle Pass
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What the Battle Pass looks like in Fortnite.

With Overwatch 2 on the horizon, Activision Blizzard will likely change their business model for the game. A Battle Pass would be a great solution. It gives players new cosmetics along with an extra incentive to play, and it gives Activision Blizzard a new way to profit off the franchise.

Battle Passes are generally great ways to get players involved in a game by giving them quests and other incentives to play while offering players exclusive cosmetic content to flex on their opponents with. In Overwatch, this could be skins, sprays, voice lines, highlight intros, or new items that haven’t been revealed yet.

Overwatch 2 surveys

Activision Blizzard has also sent out surveys about Overwatch 2. YouTuber Stylosa went over the survey, which asks questions about potential different features and editions of the game. It seems like they are mulling over several different ideas.

In addition to a potential Battle Pass, it seems like Overwatch 2 will have new ways to customize skins. This could mean changing the color of the skins or maybe changing clothing items or weapons like in Dota 2.

If Overwatch goes free-to-play when Overwatch 2 comes out, a Battle Pass seems inevitable. We will undoubtedly learn more about it in the coming months.