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Overwatch League trading cards coming soon and fans are already creating hilarious concepts

Published: 14/May/2019 11:55 Updated: 14/May/2019 12:57

by Joe O'Brien


The Overwatch League has announced a multi-year deal with Upper Deck to produce OWL player trading cards, but fans already have some ideas of their own.

The Overwatch League announced the deal on May 13, which will see the first ever officially-licensed esports trading cards feature fan-favorite players from the league.

While the trading cards will highlight the deal, Overwatch League’s partnership with Upper Deck will also produce other merchandise, including prints, posters, stickers, and memorabilia.

When will the Overwatch League Trading Cards be available?

The first Overwatch League trading card set is due for release on June 19, and will “showcase fan-favorite players and teams from the league’s inaugural season”, suggesting that only players who appeared in Season One will be available in the initial offering.

The sets will also include rare cards that have been autographed by multiple players, as well as cards that feature highlight moments from the first season and cards “incorporating other league memorabilia.”

Fans that attend the 2019 All-Stars event at the Blizzard Arena on May 15-16 will be able to get a preview of the cards prior to their release, as well as having the opportunity to pick up limited-time All-Star themed cards.

Once the cards have been released, fans will also be able to “buy, open, collect, and trade cards with other collectors across the globe through Upper Deck e-Pack”, an online platform that allows players to manage their collections from their phone or computer, as well as get actual physical cards sent to them at any time.

Subutai_OWOverwatch League fan Subutai_OW has already made some official-looking trading card concepts.

Fan creates hilarious parody card set

Prior to the release of the official trading cards, however, OWL fan Subutai_OW has already come up with a set of their own, playing on some of the running jokes and themes of the league.

The remarkably official-looking promo for the parody set features players like former Atlanta Reign DPS Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca, whose ability is described as “after five turns, put Dafran in the discardd pile”, and Park ‘Bumper’ Sang-beom, whose “suicide charge” destroys all enemy players along with himself.

So far the official versions of the trading cards have yet to be revealed, so exactly what they will look like remains unknown.


Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

Baptiste on Numbani
Blizzard Entertainment
Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

Baptiste's ultimate on Eichenwalde
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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.