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Simple changes make new Doomfist Overwatch League skin stand out

Published: 27/Mar/2020 1:01

by Bill Cooney

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One creative Overwatch fan has come up with a simple solution that would make the new San Francisco Shock Doomfist skin unique after fans complained it didn’t stand out.

When the Overwatch League unveiled the new Thunder Doomfist skin to celebrate the San Francisco Shock’s 2019 championship run, a lot of people didn’t think it stood out very well.

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In contrast to the 2019 Winston skin celebrating the London Spitfire, which shared the team’s colors and had ample branding, Doomfist’s doesn’t really seem to do as good a job at representing the Shock.

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The “Thunder” skin doesn’t look too bad at all, but a lot of people think it doesn’t really represent the team it was made for.

Sensing the underlying sense of disappointment in certain parts of the community, Reddit user Czaz_Illustrations decided to take matters into their own hands to try and improve the skin.

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They actually made three different concepts, all based around a fist recolored from blue to a much more appropriate orange for the Shock.

The one that most closely resembles the original skin is on the far left, and even though Czaz simply brightened up the gold and made some areas of the skin darker, it still stands out much more than the current version.

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Czaz made three different concepts in an attempt to improve the skin.

In the middle, Doomfist has similar shaded pants, but the gold of the skin has been transformed into silver. It also looks pretty good, but not really as much of a “championship” skin as number one.

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Finally, behind door number three is the most unique of the set, with skin that looks more like obsidian, which was one of the original inspirations for the outfit.

Fans on Reddit seemed to think that the second skin, with the silver, was the best of the three, but they’re all still lacking one thing: a Shock logo.

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The only time you get to see a Shock logo with the new skin is during his ultimate.

“I don’t understand why they are avoiding the logo,” Reddit user CapRogers23 said on the skin. “I like the style… but without any outside explanation, there isn’t a person on the planet who would associate this with the Shock.”

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Due to how underwhelmed fans seem to be about the skin, and the fact that Overwatch League no longer gives out tokens for watching the games, Thunder Doomfist could end up being one of the rarer skins for the hero.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.