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Overwatch League gives update on Sinatraa MVP skin, OWL tokens & more

Published: 2/May/2020 9:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard has shared an update regarding 2019 OWL MVP Sinatraa’s special skin, viewership rewards, the state of tier 2 and their plans for 2020.

Jon Spector, Vice President of Overwatch esports, made a post on the Competitive Overwatch subreddit, where he outlined plans for the remainder of the season.

Firstly, despite the retirement of Jay ‘Sinatraa’ Won to play Valorant for the Sentinals organization, the league will still be releasing his MVP skin as planned.

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Sinatraa claimed the 2019 Overwatch League MVP award after a dominant season with the Shock.

“This skin is something we know he, along with our fans and players, has been looking forward to, so we will release it as planned in the next few months. It’s an awesome skin and we can’t wait to share it with everyone,” Spector revealed.

All that’s known about the skin right now is that it will be for Zarya – a hero Sinatraa had great success with during 2019’s GOATs meta where the Russian tank was the primary source of damage for teams.

Additionally, fans will soon be able to once again earn viewership rewards for watching OWL, including league tokens that they can use to purchase skins and emotes.

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Sinatraa leaked his MVP skin would be for Zarya.

“And I’m excited to share that we are a few weeks away from bringing back token drops for watching on overwatchleague.com and our mobile app,” he said.

However, rewards for watching on YouTube are not quite ready yet and still being worked on.

Like many esports, OWL was forced to move its competitions online. With teams scattered all over North America, China and South Korea, holding league playoffs online would be incredibly difficult.

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The 2020 season ticked off in New York and Dallas.

The plan, however, for August and September is to gather teams in one location to run an “expanded playoffs and Grand Finals.”

Additionally, with the recently-announced May tournament seeding matches beginning on May 2nd, it looks like June and July will have similar events.

“We’re all also super excited about the new tournament structure for May, and assuming that goes well, we hope to do something very similar for June and July as well (perhaps with some tweaks to the specific tournament structures),” he explained.

Finally, the VP addressed issues with the Tier-2 scene and Path to Pro program. According to Spector, the team is “actively exploring potential changes to the model” and is considering running more community tournaments in the future.

The state of Overwatch esports has been under fire recently with pros retiring (and more potentially leaving soon) and teams disbanding such as Montreal Rebellion and the storied Team Envy.

Hopefully, the rest of the year is much better for players and fans from here on in.

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Amazing Overwatch x Marvel crossover skin idea turns Genji into Iron Man

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:09

by Michael Gwilliam

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An Instagram artist has created what could be one of the best Overwatch skin ideas to date, combining the cyborg ninja Genji with Marvel’s Iron Man and the result is incredible.

Unlike games such as Fortnite, Overwatch hasn’t gone out of its way to pursue crossovers with large companies, meaning we haven’t gotten Marvel, DC or Star Wars inspired skins in the Overwatch universe.

However, if Blizzard ever decides to change that, Genji could be an amazing candidate to get his model reworked a touch to add in that Iron Man and bosslogic shows exactly why.

His incredible crossover takes Genji’s iconic look and mashes it over Iron Man’s armor making for a perfect combination.

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Genji as Iron Man? It actually works quite well.

The helmet maintains the style of the Shimada’s, but the coloring and lighting coming from the visor is uniquely Iron Man with the red and gold matching up nicely.

Genji’s robotic body also contrasts with the Iron Man suit, with a nice “Stark Industries” logo right in the center just for good measure. Seeing Genji double jump and Swift Strike with this skin would look great, especially with all the lights illuminating from the suit in the process.

After the skin was posted to Reddit, users starting coming up with their own Marvel-Overwatch crossovers they want to see, if the two companies ever decided to work together.

“Honestly I would give Pharah a Falcon skin and Rein a Hulkbuster armor skin. Man that’d be awesome,” one wrote.

Others suggested Tracer as Black Widow, Doomfist as Thanos, Hanzo-Hawkeye and Soldier 76 with a Captain American skin.

Hopefully, by the time Overwatch 2 releases, Blizzard can find a way to work with Marvel so these skin ideas become realities. It seems like fans would really enjoy them and they’d be a good way to market both properties.

That said, with rumors swirling that the sequel is being delayed, it could give Blizzard the time they need to secure a deal and give fans what they want skin-wise.