Overwatch

Overwatch skin concept turns Roadhog into a Wall Street tycoon

Published: 31/Dec/2020 14:02

by Lauren Bergin

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One of Overwatch’s most divisive tanks is Roadhog, Australia’s fearsome rebel, and a player has created a fun skin concept transforms the villain into a Wall Street billionaire. 

When people see Roadhog in their games, there’s two reactions. If you’re the enemy healer or a DPS, you’ve likely already accepted that the next few minutes of your life are going to be a living hell. If you’re on the same side though, you’re going to be ecstatic.

Roadhog’s been getting a little bit of love recently despite his divisive nature. The new Winter Wonderland skin line has seen the infamous tank receive a skin that transforms him into a snowman.

There’s a new skin in town however, and this concept takes Roadhog’s lust for gold and treasure to a whole new level.

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Wall Street Roadhog skin concept

Wall Street is famous for a lot of reasons – the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the fact that it’s America’s central finance hub and, most importantly, that it’s now the inspiration for Reddit user gr0verd0g’s Roadhog skin.

The skin sees Roadhog dressed in a blue collar style suit jacket and shirt with chino style trousers. To make the outfit quintessentially Roadhog though, he has a huge golden chain link necklace as well as belt buckle that reads “HOG.”

Sporting a giant watch and chain bracelet as accessories as well as copious amounts of jewel encrusted rings, even his hook is decked out in rubies and a golden chain.

The most prominent feature of the design though is his mask. The iconic gas mask has been transformed so that diamonds have replaced the filters, silver the eyeholes and gold the mask’s main body. It’s a stylish mask for a stylish hog.

Hey guys, I made a fan skin! Lmk what you think. from r/Overwatch

Fans react

Despite only unveiling the skin in the early hours of December 31, at the time of writing the concept has a colossal 4.5k upvotes. Fans are loving this skin, and we are too.

One fan pointed out that it reminded them of Marvel’s iconic Spider-Man villain Kingpin; “haha awesome! First thing I thought of was Kingpin.”

A second commenter jokingly wrote that “he’ll never miss an appointment again”, a reference to the watch that is clearly there to impress.

A final thread went on to discuss the look of the hook, which one fan pointed out could be adjusted to “make the hook a $” instead. Another fan replied that “should make a kaching sound when you land a hook.”

From bandit to billionaire, this Roadhog skin has it all. For those looking to flash the cash in Overwatch, this one is one for you. We’d love to see such an interesting, imaginative skin in-game, especially with all of the bells and whistles that would be attached. This skin is a gem, so hopefully Blizzard discover it sometime soon!

Valorant

Riot respond after pro Valorant players criticize terrible Ranked queue waiting times

Published: 17/Jan/2021 11:46

by Calum Patterson

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A problem that has persistently frustrated the very best Valorant players continues to rear its head, as players in the upper ranks find it almost impossible to find a match within a reasonable time. Riot Games devs have responded, confirming they’re working on improvements.

Valorant’s ranked system is the primary mode for most players, and for the majority of the playerbase, it functions well, with a well-designed MMR system pitting players of similar skill levels against each other.

However, if you’re talented enough to find yourself in the very upper ranks of Immortal or Radiant, the experience can become completely different.

The higher you climb, the smaller the available pool of players to match with and against. For Radiant players, it’s not uncommon to have to wait for hours to get a match.

Valorant ranks
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Valorant’s new ranked system has ditched the “arrows” for clear-cut points called Rank Rating.

Riot’s response to queue times

Recently retired pro player Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo is one such player who experiences ridiculous waiting times to get a match. During a 24 hour stream on January 14, he was unable to find a match after 4 hours of waiting, while on his main account.

As a workaround, top players will often use ‘smurf’ accounts to play more regular matches.

Responding to TenZ, Riot’s Senior Competitive Designer Jon ‘EvrMoar’ Walker acknowledged the problems with the system. “We are currently talking about how to fix this, and looking into your queue to figure out solutions.”

The dev continued, “I personally feel bad that one of our best players can’t engage with the new system.”

Cloud9 player Joseph ‘Keeoh’ Winkler has since shared his suggestions for how the ranked system could be improved across the board, but especially for the upper ranks.

He too highlights the issues faced by TenZ, stating: “High MMR people (like TenZ) are getting 2hr+ queue times, meaning they can’t climb the leaderboard.”

How Riot plans to address the issues remains to be seen. They have just rolled out a series of significant changes to competitive play for Episode 2, Act I and we can expect more iteration on this system in Act II.

The devs have also responded to some of the other criticisms about the new system, including fears over a ‘hidden MMR’. They reassured players that: “We will be monitoring the data around how long it takes the average player to return to their previously acquired rank and definitely listening to feedback from players.”