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Overwatch Brawl Schedule for Week Two of Anniversary Event

Published: 30/May/2018 0:34 Updated: 16/Oct/2020 15:44

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has release the schedule for Brawls during the second week of the Overwatch Anniversary event.

The Overwatch Anniversary event has brought back Brawls from previous events, rotating in the arcade on a daily basis.

The event is celebrating two years since the release of Overwatch by not only adding new content, but also bringing back older content that is typically only available during time-limited events. This includes all previous event skins, which are available for unlock with Credits and in Anniversary loot boxes.

Meanwhile, previous event Brawls – all of the unique gameplay modes, from Lúcioball to Retribution – are also being made available in the arcade. Not all will be accessible every day, however, with only one showing up on any given day.

For those players that are particularly looking forward to playing a favorite game mode, or experiencing something they may have missed during the relevant event, Blizzard has released a schedule for the upcoming Brawls in the second week of the event.

In addition to the returning Brawls, Anniversary also introduced a brand-new Deathmatch map, Petra, along with a ranked competitive mode for Deathmatch. The Anniversary in-game event will run until June 11th.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.