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Overwatch League officially announce Winston London Spitfire Championship Skin

Published: 15/Aug/2019 18:27 Updated: 15/Aug/2019 18:41

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League have confirmed that the London Spitfire will be getting an exclusive Winston skin to commemorate their Season 1 Grand Finals win.

London managed to make it to the Grand Finals against the Philadelphia Fusion after entering into the Season One Playoffs as a five seed – but dominated the Fusion to take the championship home.

The upcoming Winston skin was leaked previously by Reddit user Wengzan –  and now it seems their information was correct.

WengzanThe leaked Winston skin was posted to Reddit earlier in the week.

Flying Ace Winston, reporting for duty

As the leaked images hinted, Winston has been transformed into a World War Two fighter ace with old timey goggles and patches celebrating the Spitfire and their Season One win.

The best part of the skin might just be the propellers and wings on his back replacing his jetpack that actually resemble Spitfire fighters from the war.

His Tesla Cannon has also gotten a makeover, with the addition of some heavy-duty cannons that fits right in with the fighter aircraft theme of the skin.

Why does London get a Winston skin? The Spitfire’s Jae-hee Gesture Hong is widely considered one of the top Winston players in the League, so like Jjonak, the skin was made with him in mind.

Flying Ace Winston, as speculated earlier when the leak dropped, will only be available for a limited time – from August 29 – September 16, and is probably a must-get for any hardcore Winston fan.

When are the Overwatch League Grand Finals?

The 2019 Grand Finals will be held on September 29 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA and the hometown Fusion are still in Finals playoff contention, but they need to step it up from their 2-4 record so far in Stage 4 to stay in the running.

A price for the new skin has yet to be announced, but if we look at the Jjonak MVP Zenyatta skin, we can assume it will probably be around 200 OWL Tokens, so if you’re short, be sure to tune in to Overwatch League on Twitch to start saving up.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe 2019 Overwatch League Grand Finals will be in Philadelphia

There are still two weeks of Overwatch League matches to watch before Flying Ace Winston becomes available – enough time to at least get a few tokens closer to 200.

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Overwatch players discover secret Reaper buff in new patch

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:50

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch players with Reaper in their hero repertoire will be happy to know the Talon DPS was on the receiving end of a powerful quality-of-life change that buffs the shotgun-wielding damage dealer.

Undocumented changes aren’t exactly anything new in Overwatch, but it’s always a bit surprising when a hero receives a buff that wasn’t listed in the official patch notes.

The latest Overwatch update on February 18 brought in some changes for Reaper that saw his range increase at the cost of some damage reduction. Although the changes were a net buff, there was something else lurking in the update that further increases his strength.

As noticed by player ‘TheeNinjaBanana’ on Reddit, Reaper can now cancel his reload to use Shadow Step – something that he previously was unable to do.

Reaper poses with a box of fireworks
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Reaper mains are celebrating the new buff.

Most heroes in Overwatch are already able to cancel their reload animations through the use of abilities, but, for whatever reason, Reaper was unable to until now.

Shadow Step isn’t exactly the most powerful ability in Overwatch, but it does have some uses, especially when it comes to quickly traversing maps and gaining access to the high ground.

Perfectly-timed Shadow Steps can also be used to attain a brief moment of invincibility, which can save Reaper from ultimates such as D.Va’s Self-Destruct or Junkrat’s Riptire in the event his Wraith Form is on cooldown.

Reaper on Hanamura
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Reaper can be a bigger threat when he’s off the map.

It’s also extremely useful as a way to get back on the map if he ever gets booped off. Previously, if Reaper was reloading and got knocked off, it would be lights out, but now, he can teleport back freely.

Overall, players seem pleased with the buff. “I did this by accident the other day yesterday, pretty happy with this change,” one user commented.

“It’s a great change because that was literally the only ability in the whole game that couldn’t cancel reload,” another remarked.

For anyone who mains Overwatch’s edgelord, be sure to remember this buff as it could end up paying dividends if you find yourself in a tough situation off the map.