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Overwatch Players discover possible new bug with Doomfist’s ultimate

Published: 24/Mar/2019 22:25 Updated: 24/Mar/2019 22:37

by Bill Cooney

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Baptiste is the newest hero to inconsistencies in his Regenerative Field ability.

Now, some players are claiming his Immortality Field might not be taking damage as intended from Doomfist’s Meteor Strike, and is staying alive when it shouldn’t be.

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Several players have pointed out that when Doomfist drops his ultimate (dealing 300 damage in the center) directly on top of Baptiste’s Immortality Field (which has 250 hp), the ability isn’t destroyed.

Compare that to something like Torbjorn’s turret, which is completely wiped out at 250 hp from a well placed Meteor Strike.

Some players have claimed it must be a bug, but others say it’s the way Doomfist’s ultimate operates that prevents the field generator from being destroyed.

Since Immortality Field’s generator floats above the ground, some players claim this is high enough for enough damage falloff from Meteor strike for it to survive a direct hit.

Even if Doomfist’s ultimate were able to destroy Immortality Field, the heroes being protected by the ability wouldn’t die, since the effect sticks around briefly after the generator goes away.

If it is a bug, Blizzard should probably fix it soon, unless they want to deal with endless “Baptiste is OP” complaints.

But, if it is just an effect of the game’s mechanics, it’s just something that Doomfist players will have to figure out how to work around.

Baptiste went live on PC, Xbox, and PS4 on Tuesday, March 19, which means he’ll be available for competitive play on Tuesday, April 2.

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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.