Overwatch players freak out over mysterious Overwatch 2 teaser – is a new hero coming? - Dexerto
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Overwatch players freak out over mysterious Overwatch 2 teaser – is a new hero coming?

Published: 11/Jan/2021 20:01 Updated: 11/Jan/2021 20:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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While Overwatch isn’t getting any new heroes until its sequel is released, Blizzard seems to be teasing one ahead of BlizzCon 2021 in February and fans are loving it.

On January 11, a cryptic post was made on the Overwatch website detailing a correspondence from someone named “Asa Yamagami” to her husband, Toshiro Yamagami.

The post is accompanied by three photos. The first is of a desk that has two books, a lantern and a pencil holder on top of it. Additionally, there are two letters spread over the desk.

These letters are written and Japanese and are enlarged to make up the next two photos. Following that, there is a direct translation of the correspondence.

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Sojourn is the only hero confirmed for Overwatch 2 so far.

In the past, Overwatch has teased new heroes through short stories, letters and transmissions, so this doesn’t seem too far-fetched or outside the realm of a character teaser.

Interestingly, when viewing the link on Instagram, the Overwatch 2 logo shows up, further suggesting this is related to the sequel.

While the letter itself is quite long, there are some interesting things that stand out. Primarily, it references a fox spirit on a few occasions.

“I will ask the fox spirit for strength to continue this fight and for wisdom for myself and for all of us,” Asa writes.

She goes on to conclude the letter writing, “I will close on the lighter note that I promised and say that I know if you were here you would remind me, ‘The kitsune can change your luck with a flick of even one of her tails.’ May she flick all nine of them and send some much-needed good fortune our way.”

A fox spirit hero has been greatly hinted at before. Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan told players to search for graffiti on the Kanezaka death match map and found a hidden message inside with the word “yokai.”

Overwatch hero teaser
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A fox hero has been teased in the past.

Yokai is a Japanese word for supernatural spirits, so there seems to be some connection to this and the letter. This could be a connection to a hero first revealed in a report by of a report by Game Informer Executive Editor Andrew Reiner during BlizzCon 2019.

According to Reiner, he saw silhouettes of four still-unannounced heroes with one appearing to be a “female with short hair. At her side and standing up to her knees was a fuzzy little critter with pointy ears and an equally pointy tail. It looked like a fennec fox, but with longer ears and a more aggressive stance.”

He added that the hero wielded a four-sided weapon, which was similar to a shuriken, but much thicker. Could the hero he saw be the one teased by Blizzard?

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The Kanezaka map seems to be home to many mysteries.

Fans are very excited about the possibilities. “I’m hoping it’s some lead up to a new female ninja of some sort,” a user wrote on Reddit.

“My guess is that the daughter of the woman writing the letter and the man she’s writing to is one of Overwatch 2’s new heroes,” another remarked.

With BlizzCon Online coming in February, expect to see even more of these teasers, especially as the hype for Overwatch 2 continues to grow.

Pokemon

Pokemon trainer gets Lv100 Shiny Blastoise in surprise trade, but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:03

by David Purcell

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Shiny Pokemon appearing in surprise trades are moments some players will never forget, and for this trainer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, a reaction of jubilation was only natural after receiving a Blastoise. However, the story wasn’t all rosy. 

As regular players will know by now, Shinies are not just spawning all over the place in the Galar Region – nor are they in any other part of the fictional world. In fact, it takes serious persistence to get ahold of one legitimately, and there are a few tactics you can utilize to get better at finding them.

If you’re a seriously lucky person, though, trading can be a great way to grab one as well. Some really generous members of the community have been known to send Shiny Pokemon through this method, leaving the other trainer delighted.

Now, the reaction was of delight and excitement this time, but there was an ugly underbelly to what appeared to be a great moment.

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Gigantamax Blastoise, and its Shiny variant, can be found in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield surprise trade

As seen below, Reddit user Vegaworldpeace was extremely grateful for the gift. A Shiny Blastoise is a difficult Pokemon to get in normal circumstances, so to have one handed to you is a big deal.

They said: “Someone sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade!”

That being said, quite quickly a number of other users in the subreddit realized this one might be too good to be true.

Some one sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade from PokemonSwordAndShield

 

“Definitely hacked man. Sorry to say,” one posted, which led to a group of players hinting at the same possibility. After checking the Pokemon IVs and the trainer ID for the Pokemon, it was certain that the mon was definitely hacked – which led, they say, to the player releasing it into the wild.

“It looks like the original trainer was a shorten URL. I try to mess with no hacks so I’ll release it. Thanks for the info everyone, definitely wasn’t try to break any rules within this community.”

A few people had suspected that the post was advertising hacked Pokemon, which is something that’s been seen before in the subreddit. However, it appears to have been a genuine mistake.

How do you know if your Pokemon is hacked?

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
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Shiny Pokemon are not always what they seem.

There are a few indicators that your Pokemon may be hacked. It’s always handy to check after trading as well, especially if you want your team to be squeaky clean.

First of all, you can check the IVs of the Pokemon. If they are all perfect, chances are that your latest recruit has been hacked, but that’s not the only indicator. The Trainer ID connected to the Pokemon may also be blank, named after a website selling hacks, or a shortened URL.

These are the main flags to suggest it actually originated through hacks, not caught in a traditional way.

As always, we would encourage players to stay away from hacked Pokemon at all costs. If you ever have a problem, or suspicion, that one of yours may be hacked – tweet us @PokemonSwordNS at any time and we’ll check it out!