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San Francisco Shock show off new Overwatch League skins for 2020

Published: 9/Jan/2020 1:24

by Bill Cooney

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The San Francisco Shock have started to reveal some of their new skins for the 2020 Overwatch League season after rolling out a slight rebrand earlier in the week.

San Francisco had a pretty decent run in the Overwatch League for 2019, considering they walked away as champions after winning the Grand Finals.

But even after a successful 2019, the team has decided to slightly rebrand, and while it might not be as drastic as Florida or the Valiant’s offseason transformations, it doesn’t look half bad.

San Francisco ShockAs Genji and Hanzo show, the new home skins feature black instead of orange as the primary color.

The new Shock skins are mainly black and silver, with a few orange highlights here and there, in comparison to the old skins that were very orange with a bit of gold.

On Twitter, the team promised to reveal a new skin for every 200 likes they got, and it didn’t take long for them to start rolling out the goods.

Reinhardt was the first hero to have his new Shock skin revealed, and it’s a good overall look at the style most heroes skins follow: black as the primary home color, and white as the primary away color with silver highlights and a bit of orange thrown in as well.

San Francisco ShockShock Reinhardt 2.0 is definitely less orange than his predecessor.

The Shock managed to pull off the new black skins without it coming across as a “Seoul, but with orange” type of situation as well.

D.Va’s new skin does a great job of showing this – there’s black on the upper portions of her mech, but it changes to silver on the lower parts to avoid a monotone look.

San Francisco ShockD.Va is ready to nerf her way into 2020 with the new Shock skin.

The away skins haven’t changed as much since the main color is still white (as with every team), but the addition of some black highlights to them does make them look a little cleaner.

Ana and Soldier’s new away kits do a good job of showing this – again, they’re not all white but they still manage to look really sharp.

San Francisco ShockAll of the revealed new skins, including the ones we didn’t have room to show, are on the Shock’s Twitter.

According to the Mayhem, fans will have until January 15 to purchase the team’s old skins, L.A. and San Francisco haven’t mentioned a cutoff date, but we assume it would be same for each team so Blizzard can get the skins in-game before the Overwatch League starts on February 8.

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Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
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Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
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Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.