Overwatch play shows why Brigitte is best at covering Volskaya flank - Dexerto
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Overwatch play shows why Brigitte is best at covering Volskaya flank

Published: 11/Feb/2020 17:53 Updated: 11/Feb/2020 18:22

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch’s Brigitte may have been targeted with a series of nerfs on the PTR, but that doesn’t mean the shield maiden can’t still deny space, score kills and make life a living hell for the enemy team.

As shown in a clip by Reddit user boonoz, opponents trying a sneaky flank to try and capture Volskaya A can be dealt with quickly thanks to Brigitte’s whipshot and shield bash.

In the video, the enemy team used a Symmetra teleporter during their second attack run in a 4-4 game in an attempt to catch boonoz’s team off-guard. However, they didn’t expect the Swedish support to get right in their faces.

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Brigitte’s whipshot is great for knocking opponents off the map.

First, he stunned a Reinhardt before he could charge and then landed a whipshot onto the opposing Zarya, resulting in her going falling off the map and into the icy Russian water.

Next, while he waited for his abilities to come off cooldown, the Brig player landed a couple of primary fires, activating the inspire passive which healed his teammates. He also tossed a couple of repair packs to his allies, healing them up before jumping back into the fray.

Using the whipshot again, boonoz was able to send Doomfist into the drink for a second straight environmental kill before landing a stun onto the Symmetra, which caused just enough knockback for her to fall into the water too.

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In total, the tanky support scored three environmental kills in one fight using two different abilities.

Not only that, but he even managed to pick up fifty percent ultimate charge in the process, which could pay dividends in the final fight ahead as there was still thirty seconds on the clock.

The slick kills earned the user Play of the Game honors as well as over 4,000 upvotes on Reddit with many impressed with the series of eliminations.

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Even with nerfs, Brigitte is still strong.

It just goes to show that even with Brigitte nerfs upcoming, the hero still packs a series punch and players can still get a lot of value out of the controversial support.

As Dexerto previously reported, with a nano boost and a rally, Brigitte can tank a whole Roadhog ultimate. It’s going to take some more work to get the hero in a place where she’s balanced for both high and low ELOs.

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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.