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Overwatch players achieve world record Junkenstein’s Revenge score

Published: 25/Oct/2019 23:49 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 23:58

by Bill Cooney

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A group of Junkenstein-loving Overwatch players have achieved what could be the highest score possible in the Halloween Terror PvE mode.

Junkenstein’s Revenge has been a part of Halloween Terror since the very beginning, with a few more heroes added to classic lineup of heroes in the last few years.

Now, a group of Overwatch players think they’ve gotten the highest possible score in Junkenstein Classic at Legendary difficulty.

Blizzard EntertainmentJunkenstein’s is Overwatch’s classic PvE mode.

How did they achieve the highest possible score?

Reddit user Wengzan shared his group’s accomplishments and explained how they figured out the scoring system.

“After 1½ weeks of attempts, we finally reached what we think is the last reachable 1k mark in Junkenstein Classic, at least with the current hero cast,” Wengzan explained. “The score is definitely improvable, but most likely only by a couple hundred points due to the way the scoring system works.”

The final score for the group was 45,040, which is definitely one of the highest Junkenstein scores we’ve ever seen – if not the highest.

Wengzan claimed avoiding door damage “is really easy” and full door health grants 6,000 bonus points on Legendary difficulty, coupled with the 6,800 points from bosses and your almost a quarter of the way there.

Based on how difficult it can be for most players to even make it through Junkenstein’s Revenge on Legendary, this accomplishment is even more impressive.

It takes skill and a few tricks to get through the Halloween PvE mode so efficiently.
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Controversy over Halloween Terror loot boxes

Besides Junkenstein’s Revenge, another big draw during the spooky event are the Halloween Terror loot boxes, but players have a problem with how they’re being awarded this year.

The loot boxes are being awarded for Arcade and leveling up like usual, but the Role Queue rewards boxes seem to be regular old Overwatch loot boxes, instead of for the event.

It is disappointing for players who are trying to load up on as many boxes as they can for free, but so far Blizzard hasn’t given any indication they intend to switch the Role Queue rewards during the event.

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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.