Seagulll demonstrates how to use Torbjörn's new ultimate in Overwatch - Dexerto
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Seagulll demonstrates how to use Torbjörn’s new ultimate in Overwatch

Published: 26/Oct/2018 20:33 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 7:08

by Bill Cooney

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The recently introduced Torbjörn rework gave the Swede a new ultimate ability, and Overwatch streamer Brandon ‘Seagull’ Larned gave fans a great example of how to use it.

Attacking on Ilios Ruins, Seagull starts out in spawn explaining to viewers that Torbjörn “still has the fundamental issue that his ultimate isn’t that great unless you catch people off guard or in a choke somewhere.”

He compares it D.Va’s ultimate in that “you gotta have some finesse, you know?”

After sharing his thoughts on new Torb, Seagull throws down a turret and activates Molten Core, to give viewers a little demonstration.

The Brigitte falls almost right away, and the enemy Wrecking Ball is taken down to health then quickly finished off.

Lucio hops towards the streamer in a futile attempt to shut him down and ends up getting a spread shot to the face, Seagull manages to take out the enemy Widowmaker too, but it isn’t enough to win his team the round.

The Torbjörn rework went live along with the Halloween Terror event earlier in October, and the changes seem to have been an improvement to many over his old kit.

Seagull retired from the Overwatch League’s Dallas Fuel at the end of the League’s inaugural season to go back to streaming full time. 

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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.