Overwatch pro pulls off nuttiest Genji play yet while stuck in Zarya Grav - Dexerto
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Overwatch pro pulls off nuttiest Genji play yet while stuck in Zarya Grav

Published: 6/Feb/2020 19:08

by Michael Gwilliam

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South Korean Overwatch pro Hyojong ‘Haksal’ Kim showed that even if he’s stuck in an enemy Zarya’s Graviton Surge, he can still find a way to wipe the opposition, which is exactly what he did on stream.

The amazing play began with the Genji master receiving a repair pack from his Brigitte for some over-heal in the form of armor. This is something that any Genji player should do: asking for a repair pack before using Dragon Blade can help you survive longer and get more value from your ultimate.

As if the repair pack wasn’t enough, however, Haksal’s Ana gave him a Nano Boost which increased his attack power by fifty percent and gave him a fifty percent damage reduction. Combined with the armor from his Brigitte, the Genji player had turned into an unstoppable killing machine.

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Not even a Grav can stop Haksal.

Seeing how many resources had been invested into Genji, the enemy Zarya made a smart play of using her Graviton Surge ultimate to lock the Vancouver Titans DPS star in place.

With just a minute and a half left to capture Point A and ultimates being invested, this fight was a critical moment in the game.

Still stuck in the Grav, Haksal spotted an enemy McCree lock into his line of sight while locked in his Deadeye animation. The former Runaway player sliced the cowboy up before turning his attention to the rest of his adversaries on the Rialto bridge.

After killing the McCree, the pro deflected an enemy Ana’s sleep dart right back at her, causing the support to fall to the ground and nap. He also redirected the enemy Reinhardt’s firestrike back at a Widowmaker, resulting in her death.

Once the Graviton Surge had worn off, the DPS prodigy sliced up the enemy Ana before swift striking through the Zenyatta, resulting in both enemy supports being eliminated.

To end the brilliant play, Haksal used his alternate fire on the remaining tank to score the final blow on him while the enemy Zarya decided to jump off the map instead of fighting a 1v6.

Haksal is awarded the Overwatch League rookie of the year award.
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Haksal was the 2019 Overwatch League rookie of the year.

It just goes to show that no matter what happens in Overwatch, there’s always a way to turn a fight around in your favor, especially if you’re the 2019 Overwatch League Rookie of the Year.

Haksal and the Vancouver Titans will be playing their first match of 2020 on Saturday when they take on the LA Gladiators in the Overwatch League Season 3 opening weekend.

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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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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.