Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event returns to celebrate Year of the Pig - Dexerto

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year Event returns to celebrate Year of the Pig

Published: 17/Jan/2019 19:20 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 20:07

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is returning on Thursday, January 24 with all new sprays, emotes and skins celebrating the Year of the Pig.

The event will run for a little under a month and end on Monday, February 18, just after the first weekend of Overwatch League Season Two.

Lunar New Year celebrates traditional New Year festivities in several Asian countries, with the skins and other cosmetics reflecting that.

There’s still no word on any new skins, cosmetics, or game modes for Year of the Pig, but those should be coming out in the days leading up to the event.

Roadhog won’t be getting a pig skin though, because he already has his ‘Bajie’ skin from Year of the Rooster in 2016.

Capture the Flag is one game mode that Blizzard likes to roll out for Lunar New year, in the past, CTF maps have been decorated during the event.

Blizzard EntertainmentCapture the Flag is a popular event during Overwatch’s Lunar New Year.

Even though we don’t know which heroes will be getting skins this year yet, last year it was Genji, Mercy, Zarya, Pharah, McCree and Widowmaker who got them during Lunar New Year, so we can probably rule them out.

With the event a week away at the time of writing, skins should start to be revealed anytime now, so stick with Dexerto and be sure to follow us @OverwatchTXT on Twitter for all the latest updates on Year of the Pig as they happen.


New Overwatch mode shows how hero ban system would work in ranked play

Published: 24/Jan/2021 17:35

by Michael Gwilliam


Hero bans in Overwatch have long been a contested topic amongst the community and the developers, primarily with how such a concept could be implemented. Now, a new mode has been created that shows how hero bans would work in ranked play.

As a competitive game, Overwatch has struggled to maintain balance, often leading to stale metas or overpowered heroes. As a result, this has led to heroes calling for hero bans in ranked play.

In the past, Blizzard has attempted its own variation of hero bans, with the devs themselves deciding which heroes to ban every given week. However, this quickly fell by the wayside as many were unhappy with the implementation.

Those against hero bans normally are so because it means there is a chance those players can’t choose their favorite character. Now, however, this new hero ban mode gives those users the chance to keep playing their main while still getting the benefits of a ban.

Preview of the ingame Hero Ban & Protect system made by @GrandeurHammers for SVB’s experimental PUGs (tonight @ 8:30pm GMT) from Competitiveoverwatch

This new custom game mode lets every player in the lobby first vote on which heroes to protect from a ban before voting on which heroes would be removed from play.

Basically, the heroes with the most votes in the protect phase cannot be banned, but in the event of ties, the system will choose.

The best part about this is the fact that every player on each team has a vote, so if someone really wants to play Mercy, they can ask all their teammates to protect that support so it cannot be banned.

Once heroes have been banned, however, they will be grayed out so no one on either team will be able to pick it.

The mode itself has many different options too such as the number of votes each player gets, the ability to see who voted for what hero, the length of the protect and ban stages, and more.

According to Overwatch content creator SVB, who tested the mode with Pick Up Games, it was designed to replicate what it would be like in ranked where players may not know who their teammates or opponents are.

Overwatch hero ban settings
The hero ban system has a lot of options.

If you want to try it out yourself, the code is HDVGF. Give it a shot and see what you think of the experience.

Who knows, there is even a chance that the devs decide to implement this in some capacity, especially with Overwatch 2 still on the way.