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Role Queue finally comes to Overwatch Competitive Season 18 and Quick Play

Published: 3/Sep/2019 23:17 Updated: 3/Sep/2019 23:49

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s new Role Queue system went live in Quick Play on Tuesday, September 3, just before Competitive Season 18 started.

UPDATE 9/3 4:45 PM PT: Overwatch Competitive Season 18 has now officially begun with Role Queue included. Full story continues below:

Role Queue in Competitive was supposed to go live on August 31, but the release date got pushed back a week due to some serious bugs with matchmaking.

“Hey everyone, when Season 18 went live matchmaking values from prior seasons weren’t being respected,” Overwatch Developer Bill Warnecke wrote on the official forums. “We’re extending the Role Queue Beta Season while we work on a fix for this bug, we expect to be ready for Season 18 early next week.”

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What’s different about Quick Play now?

With Role Queue now in Quick Play, players will have to choose between DPS, Support and Tank when they enter a game, just like in the Competitive Beta Season.

Regular old QP is still around though; it can now be found in the Arcade under the name “Quick Play Classic”. It’s sort of like Overwatch’s mini version of WoW Classic.

Role Lock was introduced by accident to Quick Play along with the massive August 13 Overwatch patch that brought Sigma and the new Competitive Beta Season into the game.

The bug basically locked each role after two characters from the role was chosen. As Reddit user RetroBowser said, “It’s Role Lock Quick Play, but without role queue.”

Luckily, Blizzard fixed the bug only a few hours after it was reported by players and so far, the official Quick Play Role Queue release seems to be going much smoother.

Blizzard EntertainmentQuick Play officially has Role Queue now.

When does Competitive Season 18 start?

Warnecke said in his post on the official Blizzard forums that he expected Competitive Season 18 to begin, with Role Queue included, “sometime next week” which was pretty accurate, because it began the same day as Quick Play – Tuesday, September 3.

There were some excited tweets from Overwatch players due to a glitch that showed Season 18 on the Competitive Card earlier in the day, instead of the beta season – but it just turned out to be an early tease from Blizzard.

Overwatch players didn’t have to wait long for Competitive Season 18 to start and the Role Queue era to officially begin.

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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.