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Overwatch players ask Blizzard to make charity skins for Australia fires

Published: 5/Jan/2020 19:36

by Meg Bethany Koepp


The Overwatch community has asked Blizzard to help raise money for the devastating Australian wildfires by making charity skins that can be purchased using real money.

This wouldn’t be the first time Overwatch has created a cosmetic items for charity – in May 2018, the hero shooter sold the Pink Mercy skin for $15 to collect money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, with 100% of the profits going to the cause.

Now, the FPS community is asking Blizzard to make skins to help people affected by the wildfires in Australia, which have already burned around 14.5 million acres and claimed at least 18 lives, according to the New York Times.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe skin raised over $12.7 million USD for the BCRF.

Overwatch charity skins

On January 5, Reddit user ‘WippitGuud’ shared a post to the Overwatch subreddit asking the game’s creators to help out like they did previously with the Mercy cosmetic. 

“Hey Blizzard, any chance of whipping up a couple of firefighter skins for Junkrat and Roadhog to raise money for the Aussie wildfires?” the title read. ‘You did it with Mercy for breast cancer research, and it was a great success. Even Junkrat would get on board with this: he wants to blow things up, not burn the world down.”

The idea resonated with other members of the community, and at this time of writing, had accumulated over 24,000 upvotes in just four hours.

Hey Blizzard, any chance of whipping up a couple of firefighter skins for Junkrat and Roadhog to raise money for the Aussie wildfires? from r/Overwatch

“Honestly I don’t buy skins and I would consider buying these,” one person said. “I would play actual money for those skins, this is a wonderful cause,” another comment read.

RedditThe community banded together to show Blizzard how much they would love to help via purchasable skins.

Even Australian fans welcomed the concept, and thanked the community for the concept. “Thanks guys, you don’t know how much this means for us Aussies,” one user stated.

“The very fact that you and others are willing to help, is greatly appreciated, and one of the best things I’ve seen on Reddit lately.”

RedditThe Pink Mercy skin raised millions, so having ones for the bushfires would no doubt help a lot.

According to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, over 100 fires are currently burning across the state alone, with thousands of people forced to evacuate their homes.

If you’d like to help people affected by the disasters, you can donate through the Australian Red Cross or The Salvation Army.


Genius Overwatch trick lets Mercy escape fights on Numbani

Published: 24/Nov/2020 2:51 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 3:55

by Brad Norton


Mercy has a new path to safety on Numbani thanks to an extremely clever Overwatch trick that lets her glide away from intense teamfights.

If you’re ever stuck in a pickle as Mercy, you can always fall back on her Guardian Angel ability to get you out of trouble. Moving from one spot to another in the blink of an eye can easily keep you alive when things are looking grim.

Angelic Descent also comes in handy, enabling Mercy as one of the more mobile Supports in the game. Her kit might be limited in terms of offensive output. However, she can move through the air like no other hero. It turns out her movement abilities might even be more useful than you’d first think.

A genius new spot on the first point of Numbani can have you gliding to safety in no time at all. Here’s what you need to know so you can execute it for yourself.

Overwatch Numbani gameplay
Directly behind the Payload is where you want to line up for this unique trick.

If you’re positioned towards the back of the first capture point, you might be familiar with the often-deadly drop. It can be all too easy to get booped and fall to your death in this position. Whether it’s a Lucio flying overhead or a Wrecking Ball crashing into your team, you’ve likely experienced some pain in this location.

However, playing near this spot is worth the risk for this particular reward with Mercy. A simple tree beyond the railing is actually the perfect distance to jump right into. Once wedged between the branches, you can quickly walk forward and navigate up the front of the tree.

While you might think there’s nowhere to go from here, Mercy’s Angelic Descent completely changes the game. With a perfectly timed jump, you can slowly glide around the corner. This lets you rotate all the way behind the first point and land safely next to the street.

There’s a Mega health pack waiting for you upon landing as well. Just in case you get tagged up while making your escape.

First Point Escape Option |Numbani| For anyone who didn’t know you could do this as Mercy from Overwatch

It might not come in handy for every team fight, but if things are looking dire, it could be the perfect way to get out with your life.

Not feeding the enemy team is often just as important as building your own Ultimates. So keep this unique trick in mind the next time Numbani appears in rotation. It’s just another next-level tactic for Support mains to have at the ready.