"Platinum" Overwatch player wins pro match after emergency substitution - Dexerto
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“Platinum” Overwatch player wins pro match after emergency substitution

Published: 29/Jul/2020 21:08 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 3:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Platinum ranked Overwatch player made his professional debut in Contenders North America on July 28, shocking the competitive landscape by managing to secure a surprising win for his team.

Right before their losers’ bracket match against Triumph, Square One’s flex support Tomáš ‘Exorath’ Kotačka was unable to play due to a power outage.

With no one available, the team had to get their player development coach, Sebastian ‘Tokki’ Hutchinson, to fill in.

What made this fill so strange is that Tokki’s Support rank appeared as a mere 2534 SR. That’s extremely low and far below the SR of Contenders players, who often make up the Top 500 leaderboards.

Additionally, Tokki’s career peak on this particular account was 3.8 SR, which means he never even reached Grand Master. However, Tokki clarified in a statement to Dexerto that the rank wasn’t quite representative of their skill. The account in question was “made only for spectating scrims,” he explained. “So it never got to rank up.”

According to caster Thomas ‘Tridd’ Underwood, the emergency substitution was agreed upon by both teams. However, looking back at it, Triumph may wish they never agreed to the arrangement, as they ended up losing the first-to-two series two maps to none.

On the Brigitte, Tokki was able to help rally his team to victory with ease, winning Oasis 2-0. Then, on Volskaya Industries, Square One secured the win 3-2 to take the series. (Match begins at 54:10 for mobile viewers)

“I really couldn’t tell that was a sub playing for Square One,” Rosemary ‘Nekkra’ Kelley noted after the match.

It’s unclear whether the victory is a testament to Tokki’s hidden skill or the power of Brigitte as a hero. It would have been interesting to see how the assistant coach would have performed on a hero like Lucio, Zenyatta, or Ana.

Coaches being emergency substitutions are rare, but not completely unheard of. To use traditional sports as an example, in 2015, Florida Panthers goaltending coach Robb Tallas had to briefly suit up in pads after both of the team’s NHL caliber goalies suffered injuries.

It just goes to show that sometimes being a coach means having to do a bit more than just review tape.

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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.