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The Chengdu Overwatch League franchise have revealed their name, brand and skins

Published: 12/Nov/2018 10:30 Updated: 12/Nov/2018 10:33

by Joe O'Brien

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The name and branding of the Chengdu Overwatch League franchise has been revealed.

The team will be known as the Chengdu Hunters, featuring a panda as their logo and playing in a primarily yellow color scheme.

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The black and gold of the logo also references Royal Never Give Up, the esports organization that Chengdu owners Huya have partnered with to help operate the team.

Royal are best known for their League of Legends team, who this year one both splits of China’s LPL and the international Mid-Season Invitational.

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Chengdu Hunters are one of eight expansion teams joining the Overwatch League for Season Two. Of those, five have now revealed their name and branding, leaving just Washington D.C., Hangzhou and Vancouver unconfirmed.

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So far, Chengdu haven’t announced any members of their roster. With the team apparently looking to “bring to the league more Chinese elements”, it seems they may well be pursuing a Chinese roster.

Though the only Chinese roster in Season One, that of Shanghai Dragons, failed to win a single match, the recent Overwatch World Cup demonstrated that China definitely has talent to draw from. 

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Team China made it all the way to the finals, taking down Finland and Canada with 3-0 sweeps before losing to South Korea. So far, none of the Chinese World Cup players have officially signed with Overwatch League teams.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentNew Chinese stars stepped onto the international stage at the Overwatch World Cup.

Chengdu will be one of four teams representing China in Overwatch League Season Two. Shanghai Dragons have rebuilt with an almost entirely Korean roster, however, and neither Hangzhou nor Guangzhou Charge have announced their rosters.

Season Two of the Overwatch League is set to kick off on February 14 2019. The following new teams will join the league.

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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.