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Overwatch leak reveals new Mei skin for Anniversary 2019

Published: 21/May/2019 7:18 Updated: 21/May/2019 7:31

by Joe O'Brien


A new Mei skin has been leaked as part of the new cosmetics for this year’s Overwatch Anniversary event.

The 2019 Anniversary event will celebrate three years since the release of Overwatch, and is due to kick off on May 21 and end on June 10.


As with all events, one of the highlights for many players will be the new cosmetics on offer, with this year’s Anniversary offering six new skins, of which three will be of Epic rarity and six will be Legendary. The event will also include new Dance emotes for Ashe, Baptiste, and Wrecking Ball.

So far, Blizzard have revealed the D.Va skin that was promised to “break the internet”, which turned out to be “Academy D.Va”, as well as a new skin for Winston titled “WinSTONE”, which sees him transformed into a stone gargoyle.


Now, a leak has revealed a third new skin, which sees Mei sporting what appears to be a server’s uniform at some kind of shop or restaurant.

@OverwatchNaeriThe new Mei skin for Anniversary 2019.

While the name or rarity of this skin haven’t been revealed, significant changes to Mei’s character model such as the short sleeves, cap, and bow suggest this is more likely to be one the Legendary skins.

The Anniversary skins will be available for the duration of the event in Anniversary loot boxes, as well as being directly purchasable with credits. The new Legendary skins will cost 3000 credits each, and the new epics will cost 1800 credits each.


Blizzard haven’t yet announced what else fans can expect from the 2019 Anniversary event. For the 2018 iteration, all previous event Brawls were featured on a rotating schedule in the Arcade, allowing players to experience modes that otherwise only appear once per year in their respective events.

The Anniversary also typically features a new arena map to join the pool of smaller maps that are used for modes like Deathmatch and 3v3 games, but Blizzard have yet to reveal such a map if there is indeed a new one on its way.


Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney


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.


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.


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.

Overwatch heroes 2020
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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.