Overwatch finally unveils amazing Dragoon Mercy Anniversary event skin - Dexerto
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Overwatch finally unveils amazing Dragoon Mercy Anniversary event skin

Published: 17/May/2020 20:33 Updated: 18/May/2020 11:52

by Theo Salaun

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With the Overwatch Anniversary event coming up, Blizzard has revealed its latest, highly anticipated Legendary skin: Dragoon Mercy.

In the real world, dragoons were a corps of mounted infantry that comprised cavalry regiments in the British army around the 17th century.

In the gaming world, Dragoons were made famous by Final Fantasy as a class of Dragon Knights that could summon wyverns (two-legged, barb-tailed dragons) and use primarily spears or lances in battle.

 

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A Dragoon, as seen in Mobius Final Fantasy.

It’s clear which reference point Overwatch used for their new, Legendary Dragoon Mercy skin—as the game’s healing sweetheart turns into an armored, scaled knight with dragon symbolism and a certain preparedness for battle.

Most Legendary Mercy skins feel fit for a themed Met Gala, as the Winged Victory, Zhuque, Sugar Plum Fairy, Pink, and 2019 Atlantic All-Star looks all feature neat hairdos and ornate outfits.

 

Then you have the sinister, yet feminine skins like Witch, Devil and Imp contrasted against the pure, medical Combat Medic Ziegler.

Mercy is poised, graceful and, above all else, a committed healer—but she is also a soldier and has been due for another chance to lean into her badass side. Thankfully, the Dragoon Legendary is much closer in theme to her Norse fits: Sigrun and Valkyrie.

She may literally be named after compassionate forgiveness and she may hail from the world’s most pacifist nation, Switzerland, but don’t pity her pistol or discount her damage boost. Green eye shadow and a low-cut breastplate notwithstanding, Dragoon Mercy paints an intimidating figure, at least by her standards.

The skin features a helmet composed of a dragon’s skull, with glowing green eyes, and a breastplate featuring another sculpted dragon borne directly from the savage, horned art of dragons found in World of Warcraft’s Azeroth. Throughout the outfit, sharp metallic spikes, impermeable green scales and jagged edges are prominent.

 

Every Pharah’s favorite healer can now look just as ready for aerial superiority as the winged, rocket-wielding, armored Gundam.

Dragoon Mercy is the latest skin revealed ahead of Overwatch’s May 19 Anniversary event, following the unveilings of Little Red Ashe, Masquerade Reaper and Huitzilopochtli Zenyatta. 

During the event, which will last until June 10, Overwatch players will have the chance to either earn Dragoon Mercy through loot boxes or simply purchase the skin for 3,000 coins. With Little Red Ashe also only available for this limited period, those couple weeks are sure to be a drain on wallets.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”