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Overwatch easter egg found in World of Warcraft

Published: 21/Oct/2019 23:11 Updated: 21/Oct/2019 23:49

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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An eagle-eyed World of Warcraft player found a homage to Overwatch in the online multiplayer RPG, and it’s pretty charming.

Released way back in 2004, World of Warcraft is one of the top online games of all time, and grossed a gigantic $9.23 billion in revenue by 2017. 

Blizzard Entertainment has since made many other titles since WoW, so it should come as no surprise that the developer has included references to its other games in the MMORPG.

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An attentive Overwatch fan found a homage to two much-loved characters in the multiplayer RPG, and shared his findings to Reddit.

User ‘Owlero’ uploaded a video captioned “Today I learned there’s Junkrat and Roadhog easter egg in World of Warcraft” and showed off their findings.

In the clip, two non-playable characters can be seen standing around: one named Junkbrat, and one named Roadtrogg – an obvious reference to the DPS and Tank characters.

(Mobile viewers, click here for the clip.)

The Junkrat character is a little gnome with a blonde mohawk, a bomb, and dynamite strapped to his chest, and he holds a flamethrower – a close resemblance to the anarchist from Overwatch.

Roadtrogg is a trogg and sports a gas mask, much like the real hero in the FPS. He doesn’t look as much like the actual character as the Junkrat homage does, but it’s still a clear reference.

The two WoW characters can be found in Bondo’s Yard on Mechagon Island, and are tied to a quest named ‘WANTED: Junkbrat and Roadtrogg.

In the mission, players must eliminate the pair as they’ve been causing havoc and “consuming Improbable Mechano-Chicken Wings without payment.” The quest has a recommend party size of three, meaning that it’s best not to take them on alone if you’d like to try your hand at facing off against them in battle.

In terms of WoW coming to Overwatch, the FPS is actually getting two MMORPG-themed skins: Illidan Genji, and Tyrande Symmetra.

In order to unlock them, players must purchase a BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket, which can be found on Blizzard’s official web shop for $49.99.

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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.