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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.