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Overwatch StarCraft Reinhardt skin revealed: how to get, release date, price

Published: 1/Feb/2021 20:47

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has unveiled a brand new Reinhardt skin in Overwatch that turns the crusader into Jim Raynor from the StarCraft series, and we have all the info on how to unlock this new skin for yourself as part of BlizzCon 2021.

Every year, Blizzard releases a special content pack for its games that provides players with special, limited-time cosmetics. Last year we got a pair of Night Elf skins for Genji and Symmetra, and after more than a year it seems to be Reinhardt’s turn.

On Monday, February 1, Blizz dropped a bunch of new info for the online BlizzCon coming up February 19-20, including how to watch, and everything included in this year’s bundle. For Overwatch fans, the highlight is definitely the new StarCraft crossover skin that turns Rein into Jim Raynor.

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If you’re a StarCraft and Overwatch fan, you’re loving life right now.

Where to even begin with a skin as cool as this one? Reinhardt has literally been transformed into a Terran Marine, with the distinctive rounded spacesuit-like armor that’s instantly recognizable to anyone who’s played a bit of the famous sci-fi RTS before.

His hammer was apparently patched together by an SCV with a bayonet on the base, and it sort of resembles a Terran building, complete with rocket boosters on the back to lift off when the Zerg rush gets too intense.

Finally, instead of Reinhardt’s head peeking out from inside the armor, it’s none other than Raynor himself. This skin sort of looks like McCree wanted to play tank for a day, which let’s be honest, just makes it even better.

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With this new skin, Raynor and McCree can finally team up together outside of our fanfics. Thanks Blizzard!

How to get Overwatch Starcraft Reinhardt BlizzCon skin

If you want to get the Raynor Reinhardt skin for yourself (and who doesn’t) you’ll need to be prepared to open up your wallet, as a skin this good definitely won’t be coming free.

There are three different BlizzCon “bundles” you can purchase this year, but the “Raynhardt” legendary skin is only available in the Heroic ($39.99) or Epic ($59.99) packs.

Now, what pack you want to buy depends on how many different Blizzard games you play. All of the cosmetics come with the Heroic Pack, so if you’re looking to spend the least amount of money, that’s the way to go. Exactly how to buy the bundle and link them to your account is listed below:

How to unlock Overwatch’s Starcraft Reinhardt BlizzCon skin

  1. Log in to Blizzard.com with the account you want to receive the skin on.
  2. Head over to the Blizzard Shop page, and decide which bundle you want to purchase.
  3. Enter required payment and other info, and complete the transaction.
  4. The new “Raynhardt” legendary skin should be in your Hero Gallery as soon as it becomes available in Overwatch.
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Along with the skin you’ll also get an exclusive Player Icon, Spray and loot boxes.

When will the new Reinhardt skin be released?

According to Blizzard’s announcement, the “Raynhardt” skin will be available in Overwatch on February 18, just before BlizzCon gets going on the 19th.

It might not be an update on Overwatch 2, but as far as crossover skins go, this is one that’s been on fan’s wishlists since day one, and it’s great to see it finally arrive.

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Bronze Overwatch streamer explains how he climbed to Grandmaster

Published: 23/Feb/2021 19:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch Twitch streamer Asa has been playing the game since all the way back in Season 4 where he began his journey down in Bronze. Despite placing so far down the rank totem pole, he managed to eventually reach GM, but how?

Ranking up in Overwatch can be a serious grind. After playing five placement games on a desired role, the game will put you in a skill rating tier ranging all the way Bronze to Master with players then having to win to reach Grandmaster.

This grind can take a long time, however. Wins earn players around 20 SR, so the journey from say a 2,500 Platinum Rank to 3,500 Master can take many matches.

For Asa, he first began with only 800 SR, but over time, he managed to climb through multiple ranks to reach the highest peak he’s at today with 4,018.

Speaking to Dexerto, the 16-year-old explained how he managed to pull it off and the challenges he faced along the way.

One major problem he had to overcome was hardware limitations. “The hardware I used was awful. Dealing with an awful setup was the main thing that held me back,” he explained.

“Hardware improvement was a very gradual process, and although it helps, it doesn’t define a player,” he added. “You can play on 60fps with a $10 mouse and be better than someone with a decked out setup.”

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Going from Bronze to GM is an impressive feat.

According to Asa, his biggest improvement method came from playing in an organized setting and joining a team. “I found coaching there and over the years it has shaped me as a player the most out of anything. I highly recommend looking into organized teamplay if you’re trying to improve because it truly is an incredible source for learning.”

Despite going from Bronze to Gold in just two seasons, he did face some difficulties in Platinum and Diamond before eventually breaking through to reach Masters and Grandmaster four seasons later.

That all said, the Canadian believes the best way for anyone stuck in low ELOs to “realize that you’re no better than your teammates and you deserve the rank you have.”

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Ranking up can be a serious grind.

“A lot of players in all ranks struggle with ego, and I used to as well. The only true way to climb is to understand what level you’re at and working hard at trying to improve. It’s a pretty simple formula: you get better than the people at your rank, you win more games. Simple as that,” the streamer stated.

For anyone currently stuck in ELO hell, following in Asa’s footsteps could be as simple as setting your ego aside and focusing on yourself. After all, if he can do it, what’s stopping you?