Overwatch fan skins for Tracer and Soldier: 76 help kick off Pride month - Dexerto
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Overwatch fan skins for Tracer and Soldier: 76 help kick off Pride month

Published: 1/Jun/2019 23:53 Updated: 2/Jun/2019 0:07

by Alan Bernal

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The Overwatch community are a constant source of incredible designs that reenvision heroes in amazing ways, and the latest creation gives two of the game’s most popular characters skins in honor of Pride month.

Overwatch released in May of 2016 and players instantly fell in love with not only the characters in the game, but also with the deep lore that Blizzard is famous for giving every one of their titles.

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Throughout the years, Blizzard have released troves of comics, cinematic videos and more for Overwatch that explore characters’ backgrounds. It’s through these explorations that fans learned about Tracer and Soldier: 76’s respective personal lives as LGBTQ.

Blizzard EntertainmentBlizzard was not shy in announcing Tracer’s LGBTQ origins, making her even more popular among fans!
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In a Reddit post, user ‘tinysporebat’ created some “quick ‘n dirty recolours in the spirit of Pride month” that gave the two heroes some classy yet impactful redesigns to their base look.

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Tracer is now sporting the entire spectrum of the Pride flag as her pants shimmer with the colors of the rainbow. Although her top does seem out of place until you realize tinysporebat went a step further and “based the jacket on the lesbian flag.”

Taking a look at Soldier, the Redditor gave the former Overwatch member a few Pride flag highlights. Soldier’s visor is now fashioned with the Pride flag colors as is a stripe on his jacket and a subtle trim on his rifle.

tinysporebat via RedditAn awesome Pride month inspired skin for Overwatch’s iconic heroine Tracer.
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Like the artist said, these skins are mostly recolorings that give the base design a quick Pride update, but people were loving the overall take on the characters.

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“The fact that Tracer’s is full body, in your face rainbow and Soldier’s is a couple of subtle patches and lighting effects fits their personalities very well,” Reddit user ‘ElZanco’ said.

Could there be LGBTQ content in Overwatch?

Although the 2019 Anniversary event hasn’t produced LGBTQ skins, Blizzard has shown that they aren’t afraid to shy away from the topic.

tinysporebat via RedditSoldier: 76’s Pride month redesign showing rainbow accents throughout his look.
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There hasn’t been any hint that June could see some characters in Overwatch sport Pride colors in any way, but it would be the perfect time for the devs to drop a surprise batch of content.

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Even if they are simple changes to the heroes’ color schemes.

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Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.

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According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

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Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

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Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.

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