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Overwatch League team’s confusing Graviton Surge flub leads to playoff loss

Published: 22/Mar/2019 23:42 Updated: 23/Mar/2019 0:08

by Bill Cooney

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The Seoul Dynasty shocked everyone when they managed to take down the undefeated New York Excelsior in the first stage of the Overwatch League Season One playoffs.

New York cruised through Stage One of Season Two without dropping a match, and almost everyone picked them against the unpredictable Dynasty.

Seoul seemed to have other ideas though. The Dynasty went up 2-0 to start the match, and after the Excelsior took a back and forth Volskaya 6-5, it would all come down to Rialto.

What happened with Nenne?

On Rialto, during New York’s final possible push to win the match, Excelsior player Yeon-kwan ‘Nenne’ Jeong seemed to throw his Zarya’s ultimate to the side for no reason, effectively ending the final team fight before it began.

At least, that’s what the main stream seemed to show.

Luckily, we live in the future and have access to things like the Overwatch League Command Center, which lets viewers select individual player POVs to watch, and Nenne’s tells a very different story than the free Overwatch League stream does.

Instead of throwing his ultimate at nothing, it’s clear Nenne was going for Seoul’s Sombra, Min-hyuk ‘Michelle’ Choi, who had just appeared to the left of the payload.

So, did Nenne throw?

No, Nenne did not throw the match and cause NYXL to lose. Sombra’s EMP can be the deciding factor in whether or not a team wins the fight, from Silver all the way up to Overwatch League, and Nenne knew if he could trap Michelle, it would greatly increase New York’s chances for a win and a map 5.

Despite all the evidence, Nenne still probably had to deal with plenty of fans who wondered exactly what he was thinking there.

The Overwatch League Stage One Playoffs continue on Friday, March 22 when the Philadelphia Fusion take on the Atlanta Reign at 6 PM PT, followed by the San Francisco Shock versus the Toronto Defiant after.

On Saturday, Seoul takes on the still undefeated Vancouver Titans at 12 PM PT, followed by the winners of Friday’s matches facing off. The Stage One finals happen at 12 PM PT on Sunday, March 24.

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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.