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Overwatch pulls leaked Contenders skins added with Echo update

Published: 14/Apr/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard has responded after a couple of Overwatch Contenders skins for Echo appeared as available for purchase following the April 14 update.

The skins, which included both home and away variants, were found under the Overwatch League skins section, and were only available for the game’s newest hero, Echo.

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In a post on the official forums, Community Manager Josh Nash revealed that this was done in error.

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Echo’s Contenders Skins were briefly added to the game.

“With the release of Echo today, Contenders and the 2018 Home/Away skins were erroneously made available for purchase with OWL Tokens,” he wrote. “The skins have since been disabled and are no longer available in-game.”

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That said, for anyone who purchased the skins, the team is looking into refunding those affected.

The skins were being sold for 100 OWL Tokens each, which unlocked both the home and away versions, just as is the case with their League counterparts.

Ireland’s World Cup team’s General Manager Andrew Bohan told Dexerto that he has yet to be refunded.

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In a Twitter photo, Bohan showed that Echo’s placeholder had been removed following the skins being pulled. However, the skin was still visible when viewing the hero’s victory poses.

So far, it’s unclear why the skins were made available for purchase, but it doesn’t look like Blizzard had any intention of actually allowing them to be given the wording of the forum post.

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The April 14 update added Echo and a new Arcade Mode.

Contenders is a tier below Overwatch League, with many OWL teams using feeder squads to compete in the division and grow talent. Contenders is made up of different regions, including South America, Europe, China, South Korea, North America and Pacific.

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On Reddit, users began suggesting that profits made from the skins could go towards Contenders teams or a larger prize pool. In recent months, Contenders players and teams have been dropping out of the competition.

Pro tank player Seb ‘Numlocked’ Barton went as far to claim that “everyone wants out” of the competitive scene and said that his former team, the Montreal Rebellion would “definitely [not] be the last to pull out.”

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Hopefully, Blizzard decides to eventually officially add these skins to the game, but until then, they’ll remain unattainable.

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Overwatch players freak out at Baptiste’s huge new Amplification Matrix

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:30

by Michael Gwilliam

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Baptiste was the recipient of plenty of buffs in the latest Overwatch Experimental Card, including a major change to the size of his Amplification Matrix that is freaking out the game’s community.

The October 22 patch increased the width of the Haitian hero’s ultimate by a whopping four meters – up to nine from its previous five.

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Now, Baptiste’s “window” as the community calls it, looks more like a garage door bigger than any shield in the game by a fair margin.

Keep in mind that the whole purpose of the Amplification Matrix is to double the damage or healing of any shot fired through it. Now, it’s extremely unlikely that teammates will ever have a reason to not shoot through the ultimate as it’s near impossible to miss.

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The community has been joking about the size increase. On Reddit, LukarWarrior joked, “Baptiste, now available in IMAX,” suggesting that it’s not as big as a movie theater screen.

Others, such as educational content creator SVB noted how the ultimate is wider than the streets on King’s Row.

That said, it has plenty of uses on other maps where its entire width can be put to good use. BlazeBubble9 documented how there are so many chokes where the new window can come in handy.

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Baptiste’s new Amp Matrix can come in handy on Numbani.

For instance, while defending or attacking first point on Numbani, the new ultimate can take up a whole spot on the high ground letting a whole team fire at will onto the objective doing double damage.

In another, you can see how trying to gain or prevent access to the bridge on Eichenwalde second is a breeze with the new ultimate as it perfectly fits within the choke.

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Pushing into Eichenwalde just got a bit easier.

Of course, because the change is on the Experimental Mode there’s a chance it doesn’t hit the live game, but in the past many of the buffs tested there end up going through, so players should prepare regardless.

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Only time will tell if this ultimate buff changes how often players decide to pick the support in their matches.

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