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Blizzard finally bans Mei from the Overwatch League – thanks to a cat

Published: 30/Mar/2020 6:09

by Brad Norton

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Mei has finally been banned from the Overwatch League – for one week – after a cat’s random decision brought the entire Overwatch community together in a heartfelt moment.

Weeks after introducing the Hero Pools system in Overwatch and the OWL, the game’s most controversial hero has finally been pulled from the competition, at least for those in the Overwatch League.

While bans differ between the competitive playlist and the competitive league, the entire community rejoiced as Mei was finally plucked from the playable Damage-based lineup in the March 29 edition of Watchpoint.

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Mei has been the cause of much frustration in the Overwatch community of late.

Following the latest set of matches, it was time for the Watchpoint crew to assemble and draw the latest set of heroes that would be banned from competition.

Tweaking the formula for this week, however, the hosts decided to change the ruleset on the fly and allow for Soe Soembi Gschwind’s cat to decide on the bans.

The more that a certain hero was played throughout the week, the higher a chance that they had of being removed for the following period of the competition. As one of the most controversially powerful heroes in the game, Mei had a 37.1% pick rate but managed to avoid a ban for weeks.

On March 29 however, Soembi’s cat finally plucked the hero from the competition, and the entire Overwatch community rejoiced. Brigitte, Wrecking Ball, and McCree were also removed from the OWL hero pool.

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“It’s finally happened, former OWL player Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy said. “I don’t think anybody can doubt the system anymore.”

After months of the icy hero terrorizing players online and countless pro calling for the character to be nerfed, Mei was finally toppled. All it took was a cat.

“The moment pro Overwatch fans rejoiced most since GOATs,” OWL commentator Wolf “Wolf” Schröder joked after seeing the ban. “A cat made it happen.”

While this ban only applies to the players in the OWL themselves, it should certainly make for a more interesting slate of matchups when the competition rolls around once again. 

As the community shares in a moment of joy due to Mei’s ban, dedicated players are more than frustrated with the current set of Live bans. With six Damage-based heroes removed, even DJ superstar Zedd called out the developers.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.