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Put your Overwatch 1v1 skills to the test in Duel Arena Workshop mode

Published: 2/Sep/2019 21:04 Updated: 2/Sep/2019 21:29

by Michael Gwilliam

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The Overwatch Workshop continues to be a great way to introduce new elements to the 2016 title such as warmups, aim trainers and now a special 1v1 duel arena designed to enhance your combat skills.

Workshop guru Niklas ‘MrPig100’ Krause worked together with Paris Eternal coach Joni ‘Seita’ Paavola to develop a new way to experience 1v1 duels in Overwatch. 

In a post on r/Competitiveoverwatch, MrPig100 posted some screenshots of the game mode. The photos show that all around Lijang Tower Control Center there are isolated spots known as “duel arenas” where 1v1s take place. 

The rules are quite simple. The first player to 50 points wins. There is a 10 hero rotation and every time you die, you get a new hero with the order randomized for each player.

So far the available heroes are: Ana, Ashe, Doomfist, Genji, Hanzo, McCree, Soldier, Tracer, Widowmaker and Zenyatta.

There’s even a pretty dynamic scoring system with a win in the “Main Arena” earning a player 3 points while a win in the “Red Arena” will score a player 2 and advance them to the “Main Arena”. If you lose, however, you’ll end up dropping to the arena where points are worth less.

Basically, the whole point is to stay in the “Main Arena” as long as possible, keep winning those 1v1s, rack up three pointers and get to 50 before anyone else. 

On Twitter, Seita expanded on the mode writing, “The game mode should now feel more engaging with larger player sizes, I also want to thank @KrauseMrpig100 for developing the new additions with me.” 

“It was great working on this together with you, looking forward to more interesting workshop projects!” MrPig replied in a retweet. 

Blizzard EntertainmentYou can play as Doomfist in the 1v1Duel Arena mode.

“We hope you’ll enjoy this new game mode, either for a quick round with friends, as a warmup before going to comp/scrims or just playing it in a public lobby all day!” MrPig100 concluded in the Reddit post. 

Considering this is still the mode’s first incarnation, there’s no telling what the two could have in store for the Overwatch community in the future. To try out the Duel Arena for yourself, load the code TXCXX to your custom game.

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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.