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The First Two Overwatch League Expansion Teams Are Nearly Confirmed

Published: 27/Jul/2018 6:30 Updated: 27/Jul/2018 8:25

by Joe O'Brien

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The first two expansion teams for Season Two of the Overwatch League have been reported.

According to a report by ESPN, Blizzard is close to finalizing deals for franchises based in Paris, France, and Guangzhou, China.

The Paris spot will apparently be sold to McCourt Global, owners of the Olympique de Marseille soccer team, while the Nenking Group, the ownership group of the Guangzhou Long-Lions Chinese Basketball Association team, is set to buy the Guangzhou spot.

Both teams would be the second in their respective regions, with Season One of the league featuring the London Spitfire as the only European representatives, and the Shanghai Dragons as the only Chinese team.

Though these are the first details of specific expansion teams, it has previously been reported that Blizzard will look to add up to six new teams for Season Two of the league. These teams will join the twelve that competed in the inaugural season, which concludes with the grand finals between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion on July 27-28.

To buy-in for Season One of the Overwatch League reportedly cost up to $20 million, but after an opening season that exceeded expectations in every metric Blizzard will apparently seek $30-60 million for Season Two, depending on a number of factors. These include competition for the spot, Overwatch player density and general population in the location.

Season Two of the Overwatch is expected to kick off in early 2019, but all new expansion teams will need to be confirmed by September 9 2018 at the latest, as that is the date on which the free agent signing window for new teams opens.

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New Overwatch Ashe skin teased in “Deadlock Rebels” book

Published: 25/Feb/2021 20:47

by Michael Gwilliam

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An upcoming Overwatch book seems to be hinting at a possible new Ashe skin coming to the game, possibly for the Anniversary or Archives events.

Overwatch fans spotted a new cover for the book online and noticed how Ashe has a completely different look than the one most players are familiar with.

In this, she still sports her white hair, but wears a red jacket and dark black pants while standing back-to-back with McCree, who seems to be drawn in his “Deadlock” skin look from the Archives event.

According to the book’s synopsis on Amazon, Deadlock Rebels takes place when Ashe is still in high school and is arrested before her graduation. As such, her parents cut her off from the family fortune.

Ashe escorts the payload
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Ashe has quickly become one of the most popular Overwatch heroes.

From there, she teams up with her butler B.O.B and McCree to steal back what the book claims is “rightfully hers.”

Furthermore, the synopsis states that the novel will explore the founding of the Deadlock Gang – one of Overwatch’s more underdeveloped factions.

The poster has fans hopeful that they’ll be able to get their hands on this new look Ashe in the form of a future skin.

“Yoooo, Young Ashe looks great. I hope we will get that as a skin since we already got the McCree one?” one asked on Twitter.

“I smell a new Ashe skin coming!” another remarked.

The book is set to release on June 1, 2021, so it doesn’t quite line-up with the new Archives event, which begins in either April or March.

McCree Deadlock skin
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The skin seems connected to Deadlock McCree.

However, the Anniversary event may be very likely, as every time that event has happened it’s run from May to June – which suggests the next event will overlap with the book’s release.

Although nothing is confirmed just yet, and this new look for Ashe could be exclusive to the novel itself, hopefully, Blizzard does end up releasing a skin based on this younger Ashe in the future.