Philadelphia Fusion's Eqo takes out enemy Pharmercy during impressive killstreak - Dexerto
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Philadelphia Fusion’s Eqo takes out enemy Pharmercy during impressive killstreak

Published: 16/Oct/2018 23:10 Updated: 16/Oct/2018 23:16

by Bill Cooney

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Philadelphia Fusion DPS Eqo showed why he’s considered one of the best damage players in the Overwatch League when he wiped out an enemy Pharah/Mercy combo before turning his sights to the rest of his opponents.

Defending on Eichenwalde, Eqo takes aim at a Pharah/Mercy combo attacking over the bridge, he shoots the Pharah right out of the sky before finishing off the opposing Mercy before she has a chance to fly to safety.

Then it’s the rest of the enemy team’s turn, with Lucio falling almost immediately to a headshot, quickly followed by the opposing Hanzo.

By the time his allied Reinhardt takes out his counterpart, Eqo’s team has already pushed their opponents back towards their own spawn.

As his shots find their targets Eqo is obviously excited, shouting “Oh my god” after he kills the enemy Lucio and starts the rout.

Eqo is currently signed to the Philadelphia Fusion, and there have been no indications he or the team has any different plans heading into next season.

Overwatch League’s second season doesn’t start until 2019, so Eqo has plenty of time to keep Twitch viewers entertained with clips like these.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.