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Overwatch lets Junkrat clown around in new Storm Rising skin

Published: 11/Apr/2019 0:27 Updated: 11/Apr/2019 0:49

by Bill Cooney


This year, Tracer, Genji Winston and Mercy are headed to what could be a new map: Havana, Cuba.

Fans already got a look at Baptiste’s new Talon skin, but it seems like one skin wasn’t enough for the Overwatch team, so they decided to bless us with two previews in one day.

MrKarrot64Junkrat is already a clown, so it’s the perfect skin for him.

What makes a clown?

Junkrat certainly looks the part, with some great teal hair and face paint that will give you flashbacks to when that irresponsible older sibling let you stay up when mom and dad weren’t home and watch Stephen King’s IT.

Even his tire has gotten funnier, somehow, with snazzy white walls instead of the regular black rubber.

This skin doesn’t change a whole lot, so it’s probably safe to say that this is an Epic, rather than a more expensive Legendary.

Hopefully it comes with some sound effects, maybe an evil clown laugh after killing an enemy with RIP Tire? Just a thought.

The clown is here, what else do we know?

Besides Junkrat’s new skin, a leak from April 9 seems to indicate new skins for McCree, Bastion, Ashe/B.O.B. and Baptiste and after the first new skin reveal on April 10, it looking more and more like the leak was legit.

As for the Storm Rising mission itself, we know that a new map, Havana, could be the setting for the PvE mission, but so far no news about a new map has been teased by Overwatch.

More details on the event should be coming in the days leading up to Storm Rising, which starts on April 16.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


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.