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The Overwatch League All-Stars Challenges Have Been Announced

Published: 11/Aug/2018 0:22 Updated: 11/Aug/2018 1:13

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard has revealed more details of the upcoming Overwatch League All-Stars weekend.

On August 25-26, two teams made up of 18 players each – one representing the Atlantic Division, the other the Pacific Division – will go head-to-head at the All-Stars event.

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The first day of the event will involve a series of skill challenges. All players on each team must compete in at least one of the following challenges:

  • Lúcioball Showdown – a 3v3 best-of-three match on the Busan Lúcioball Arena map.
  • Mystery Heroes – a 6v6 best-of-three using standard Mystery Heroes rules.
  • Widowmaker 1v1 – Teams will pick four players each to compete in Widowmaker 1v1s. They will first go head-to-head with representatives of their own team, until only one from each Division remains. These Division champions will then face off against each other.
  • Lockout Elimination – A 6v6, best-of-three series using standard Lockout Elimination rules.

In addition to the All-Stars challenges, there will also be a “Talent Takedown” match, in which two teams made up of casters and analysts will face off in a 6v6, best-of-three match using standard competitive settings – although if the series is tied at 1-1, it will be decided in Lúcioball. These talent teams will have been drafted by the Atlantic and Pacific coaches ahead of the event.

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The All-Star weekend will conclude with a standard competitive best-of-five match between the two All-Star teams. All eighteen players on each team must play in at least one map.

Blizzard has also announced that the Overwatch All-Stars skins, which were revealed at the Overwatch League Grand Finals, will be available for 300 League Tokens each between August 17-27.

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Leaker suggests Overwatch 2 release coming in early 2021

Published: 18/Oct/2020 19:31

by Theo Salaun

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An Overwatch leaker has revealed that the Overwatch League and Blizzcon schedules for 2021 suggest a release of the Overwatch 2 beta or full game in February 2021.

The original Overwatch title came out in May 2016 and, over four years later, the game’s extensive fanbase has been eager to find out when the sequel might finally release. With expectations of better graphics, new heroes, maps, and even modes, an upgraded follow-up to the popular Blizzard title remains a highly anticipated mystery.

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In November 2019, players of the Blizzard franchise received their first look at what’s on the horizon with a gameplay trailer that revealed a variety of new content. Now, with BlizzCon scheduled for February 2021 and recent speculation that the Overwatch League’s fourth season will return in April of the same year, a popular leaker is specifying exactly what that horizon may be.

Known as ‘Metro_OW’ on Twitter, Metro has been the source of OW2 leaks in the past and did correctly predict Ashe’s reveal in 2018. Given their track record and the surrounding context, this new leak engenders some confidence.

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As Metro explains, the rumored OWL return being pushed back to April coincides with the BlizzCon date in February to suggest a reasonable expectation of, at the very least, an OW2 beta in early 2021.

With Blizzard popularly known to prioritize revealing content at their own events, fans can be sure to expect more information at the upcoming virtual company conference. With gameplay shown in 2019, the launch of a beta is certainly within the realm of possibility.

OW 2 code in Battle.net
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Fans have also noticed Battle.net files that indicate an OW2 beta is being worked on.

If a beta is released in late-February, then that means OW2 will be playable in some capacity before the return of the Overwatch League. It would be somewhat awkward for an entire season, which typically lasts about six months, to play on the original game despite an existent beta. 

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That, therefore, grounds Metro’s expectations that the upcoming OWL season will be played on Overwatch 2 with a beta, if not the full game, releasing following BlizzCon. Theoretically, this timeline could give the beta about two months of play before an official launch just ahead of a new season of professional play.