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Overwatch players petition Blizzard to add TF2-style Taunt Kills in-game

Published: 1/Oct/2020 7:38

by Brad Norton

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Team Fortress 2 featured a wide array of hilarious taunts that could actually deal damage to opposing players. Now, the Overwatch community wants to see similar emotes added into Blizzard’s take on the hero shooter genre.

TF2 predates Overwatch by nearly a full decade. Having launched in 2007, it quickly became one of the most popular class-based FPS titles on the market, lending heavily to Blizzard’s release in 2016. 

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While the games share many similarities in terms of character design and core gameplay features, one key aspect has been left out. Overwatch has a long list of emotes that can be used to mock the opposing team. However, they’re purely cosmetic.

In TF2, many taunts can amusingly deal damage to enemy players. This could be the perfect evolution for Overwatch and it’s exactly what the community wants to see next.

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Team Fortress 2 styled taunt kills would be amazingly funny to add to the game (and OP). Mockup done with Workshop from Competitiveoverwatch

“TF2-styled Taunt kills would be amazingly funny,” Reddit user ‘andygmb’ suggest on September 30. Thanks to the handy toolkit available in the Workshop mode, they were able to envision these Taunts in Overwatch.

Using a number of simple emotes already in the game, they added a devastating knockback effect to each. Reinhardt’s pumpkin smashing emote is no longer just for show. With a huge swing of his hammer, it can send enemy players flying off of the map.

Even more comical, the simpler emotes such a Widowmaker’s finger gun or Soldier’s poke, both had the same impact. Quick and harmless animations have been turned into powerful and deadly taunts in the same vein as TF2.

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Obviously just a concept, for the time being, many players suggested these taunts come to a unique Arcade mode down the line. While they could outright ruin the Competitive playlist, they could make for an exciting time in their very own mode.

TF2 gameplay
Valve Corporation
Team Fortress 2 allowed players to deal with enemies through deadly emotes.

While almost every hero could have this power-up added to at least one emote, some might not want to go through with the buff.

Let’s just say that Junkrat might do more damage to himself than the opposition…

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Valorant

Everything coming in Valorant Act 3: Icebox map, new Agent, Battle pass

Published: 7/Oct/2020 16:26

by Calum Patterson

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Riot Games has now unveiled its grand plans for Act III of Episode 1 in Valorant, including a first look at the brand new agent.

Riot already confirmed the brand new map, Icebox, the second new map coming to the game since launch.

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In addition, a new Agent is joining the roster, but at the time of writing, Riot is keeping their exact name, abilities and lore under wraps.

Here’s everything you need to know about Valorant Act 3:

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New Map: Icebox

Because the new map is being pushed live early, the new Agent will be delayed. The Agent will release 2 weeks (one patch cycle) after the start of Act III. This will allow the devs to sort out any stability issues.

ADJUSTED ACT III ROADMAP

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We’re still closing Episode 1 with a banger of a finish. On top of our newest map, you’ll unlock 50-tiers of fresh Battlepass goods to personalize your play, have another go at your Rank with refined Competitive matchmaking, and try the latest Agent just one patch later.

MAP: ICEBOX (OCT. 13 UNRATED, OCT. 27 COMPETITIVE)

An abandoned Kingdom research facility in the arctic wilderness is the next location to flex your aim and abilities. Pierce the dense snow cover as an Attacker to plant the Spike. And, outplay as Defender using ziplines to reach new and dangerous heights.

The two objective sites on Icebox favor frequent skirmishes, sharp aim, and adaptive play.

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COMPETITIVE REFRESH (OCT. 27)

These Act III Competitive changes hope to make your Rank climb tighter as we work on the long term health of organized team play:

  • Upgrade that Act Rank Badge with the next Competitive Act
  • Rank queue lowered from 6 tiers to 3 tiers, for tighter matchmaking
  • Select your preferred server and improve your ping
  • Immortal+ rank outcomes are decided 100% by wins and losses

Watch our latest Dev Diary for more detail and a peek into Joe Ziegler’s living room.

ACT III BATTLEPASS (OCT. 13)

The Battlepass returns with improvements for Act III—revamped weekly mission progress for faster unlocks and additional Epilogue tiers.

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Collect heads, rake in the XP, then snap on Act III exclusives like the “Chilly McFreeze” Gun Buddy to match your arctic battles, the “Radianite Hazard” Player Card, and the Viper Spray that reminds you to wash your hands.

Purchase the Act III Premium Battlepass to unlock more tiers of VALORANT items like the Ruin Vandal, “Disco Ball” Gun Buddy, and the Surge Bucky (with variants!).

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Learn more about VALORANT’s Battlepass system here.

WEAPON SKIN: SINGULARITY (OCT. 13)

Singularity exists in a far future, vast in its journey from the beyond. Powerful, abstract, and mysterious. None know where it came from or how it came to be.

Harness its unstable force on the Phantom, Sheriff, Spectre, Ares, and Melee when you buy the Singularity bundle.

GUN BUDDY: WELCOME, MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

More (low ping) challengers to the Radiant throne have arrived from the Middle East and North Africa.

Log in during October 28 to earn the Dallah Gun Buddy and celebrate their homecoming.

NEW AGENT: ??? (OCT. 27)

Valorant Act 3 agent teaser
Riot Games
The new Agent teaser

That’s everything we know so far about Act III – stay tuned to @ValorantUpdates for the latest.