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Seagull explains why Overwatch is the “best game” for new players

Published: 19/Jun/2020 21:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Former Overwatch pro and full-time Twitch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned explained why he thinks Blizzard’s hero-based FPS is the ‘best game in the world’ for newer players while veterans of the title are annoyed by its current state.

During a stream, the ex-Dallas Fuel DPS star was trying out the game’s newest hero on Echo when playing on the Busan map.

He looked at chat and noticed a viewer had asked if Overwatch was “worth buying nowadays,” especially with development on its sequel ramping up.

“It’s probably on sale,” Seagull laughed. “Always worth. One-hundred percent agree.”

The 27-year-old then explained why the game is so good and worth trying if you haven’t already, despite it being out since 2016.

“Let’s put it this way: you know how Overwatch players rant about the game like, ‘it’s dog sh*t, CC is insane, healers err,’ they just rant?” the streamer asked his chat. “Dude, if you’re a new player, it’s the best f**king game in the world.”

According to Larned, the people who frequently complain about Overwatch have played it for over 10,000 hours and their comments shouldn’t concern anyone wanting to pick the game up for the first time.

“You want to have fun for 10,000 hours? Just buy the game,” Seagull added.

Seagull smiles after finishing a match in the Overwatch League with Dallas Fuel.
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Seagull is a former Overwatch pro.

Next, he went into a bit of a rant about how World of Warcraft players complain about the state of the game, taking at people who whine about corruption, lotteries, expansions and class systems.

Overwatch has gone through quite a few meta shifts since its release in 2016, some more popular than others, but for new players looking for a fresh experience, Seagull encourages them to check out the FPS title and see for themselves.

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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.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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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.

Overwatch loot box drop rates
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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.