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Overwatch pro calls out “horrible” fans being racist to Korean teammates

Published: 26/Oct/2019 22:04 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 22:27

by Scott Robertson

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UK Overwatch pro and Paris Eternal support player Harrison ‘Kruise’ Pond addressed the discrimination that his newest teammates from Korea have already experienced from a small percentage of fans.

Calling out fans for poor sportsmanship and bad behavior is tough enough as is, but it’s much harder when it’s your own supporters that you have to address.

After Paris Eternal’s latest signings, one of the season two expansion team’s longstanding players in Kruise took to Twitter to call out the fans being “racist or hateful” to Korean players that are joining Western teams. He added, “if you’re a true fan you wouldn’t hate on our teammates.”

Kruise followed this up by standing up for his new teammates, by pointing out that Overwatch League should be filled with the best players, and that “it doesn’t matter where they’re from or what language they speak.” He also took time to establish that the majority of the fans are supportive and kind, and thanked them for being so.

Following a less than stellar first season for Paris Eternal where they went 11-17 and missed out Playoffs and the Play-in tournament, the Paris organization made big moves in the 2020 offseason. They dropped four of their international players from across Europe, opting to retain only their French players, Kruise, and Portuguese support player Luís ‘Greyy’ Perestrelo.

Then came the additions, in three all-star caliber acquisitions of Kim ‘Sp9rk1e’ Yeong-han, Choi ‘Hanbin’ Han-been, and Jung ‘Xzi’ Ki-hyo from Element Mystic. All three acquisitions are young Korean talent that just came off of a championship performance at the biggest international Contenders event, The Gauntlet.

With these announcements came complaints from some fans that both “European” teams in Eternal and the London Spitfire weren’t representing Europe with all their Korean additions. 

The announcement tweets were met with replies claiming that the team would become boring and uninteresting because it was “just another team of Koreans.”

Infusing “Western” teams with Korean talent is by no means a new concept. Several successful franchises in North America like the Vancouver Titans and the NYXL run with entirely Korean rosters, and many others have a significant presence of Korean players as well. The same can even be said for the three of the four teams based in China.

Because of the technology, infrastructure, and societal norms of Korea, the country is able to produce an insane amount of pro gaming talent, so for any Overwatch team that wants to compete, Korea is top priority on their scouting list. SF Shock injected their roster with Korean talent between seasons and won the season two championship.

If Paris Eternal wants to compete in playoffs, adding these players from Element Mystic is an excellent start, and if the fans don’t make them feel welcome, then support from their new teammates like Kruise will do. And he’s made it clear he doesn’t want those kind of fans supporting the team anyway.


Keep up with all the offeason moves on our Overwatch League offseason tracker.

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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.