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Overwatch PTR suggests new OWL skin designs coming for 2020 season

Published: 22/Dec/2019 20:21

by Michael Gwilliam


An update on the Overwatch Public Test Realm has hinted that several OWL teams will be getting new skin colors for purchase as well as in game for the league’s third season.

On Reddit, a user by the name of DocterrificDoc highlighted that the Florida Mayhem, Los Angeles Valiant, and San Francisco Shock skins have been relabeled to ‘2018’ and are no longer available to buy.

All the other skins are available for 100 league tokens, which include home and away variants, and do not include the ‘2018’ label.

Blizzard EntertainmentSkins labeled “2018” cannot be purchased on the PTR.

Evidence had surfaced that the three teams would be rebranding their color schemes with the Mayhem’s being the most radical shift in tone.

On Twitter, the Valiant tagged Overwatch League after their page on the website seemed to be updated earlier than planned to include the new baby blue colors.

As some of pointed out, the Shock’s logo appears to have done away with the gold, and replaced it with a hint of silver or light grey.

Finally, the Mayhem, who made waves when their tech-styled alternate jersey was unveiled mid-way through the 2019 season. A purple variant of their logo also appears on the bottom of their website, suggesting that they will be trading in the yellow for a more Vice-style.

It’s unclear if anyone who already owns Mayhem, Valiant, or Shock skins will automatically be given the newer versions, or if they will be required to repurchase them.

The Overwatch League skins are currently the only skins in the game that can be acquired through real world currency and not loot boxes, though they can also be earned by watching the League on Twitch with a Battlenet-linked account.

Blizzard EntertainmentCould the Mayhem be gearing up for a change of colors?

It will be fun for players to see new skins in action for the upcoming season, and if this will also result in new jerseys hitting the market in the near future.

The third season of the Overwatch League kicks off February 8 with events in New York and Dallas.


Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam


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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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.