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Overwatch skins turn Zenyatta & other heroes into Avatar characters

Published: 7/Sep/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


One Overwatch fan has come up with four new skin ideas for Mei, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, and Zenyatta that turn the heroes into benders pulled straight from the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

It’s definitely no secret that hero skins are one of the most popular aspects of Overwatch, and since the game came out fans have managed to bring a ton of awesome cosmetic ideas to life, even if we’ll never get to actually see them in-game.

Some of the most popular fan-made skins are crossovers with other franchises, which Overwatch doesn’t really do, unless you count other Blizzard games.

One of the best ideas we’ve seen so far comes from Reddit user and skin-designing extraordinaire MrChumpii, who had the brilliant thought of making Mei, Torbjorn, Zenyatta and Reinhardt into benders from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

"Elemental Benders Heroes" skin concepts made by me (your friendly neighborhood Mr.Chumpii) from Overwatch

Starting from the right, Reinhardt has been turned into a mighty Earth Bender, covering himself and his hammer in an impenetrable coat of rock and wearing the uniform of an Earth Kingdom soldier.

Mei, as you can probably guess, is the resident waterbender, obviously hailing from the Southern Water Tribe along with Sokka, with a fur-lined jacket and covered with the same designs from Katara’s necklace in the show.

Torbjorn has apparently sworn his allegiance to the Fire Lord for this skin. His turret has been given smokestacks in classic Fire Nation style, and the Swede is rocking a luxurious flowing beard that would make Uncle Iroh proud.

Avatar skins in Overwatch would be awesome, if only Blizzard were more open to crossover events.

Finally Zenyatta has been reincarnated as a serene monk from the Air Temple, complete with Aang’s arrows, and even an adorable little Momo by his side. MrChumpii turning the discord and harmony orbs into different shapes was clever, but might be hard to see during an actual match, unless they get recolored.

If looking at these awesome ideas for skins makes you want to play as a member of Team Avatar, you’re in luck, because SMITE actually has skins for Aang, Zuko and Korra. It might not be Overwatch, but if you’re on an A:TLA kick, it might be just the thing.


Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”