This fan concept for the Hangzhou Overwatch League team would be an instant hit - Dexerto
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This fan concept for the Hangzhou Overwatch League team would be an instant hit

Published: 14/Nov/2018 19:25 Updated: 14/Nov/2018 19:30

by Bill Cooney

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This fan-made branding for the new Hangzhou Overwatch League team fleshes out the logo and makes the main color pink, something fans of the league have been wanting to see for awhile.

The concept was posted to the Competitive Overwatch subreddit by user Wreyrwy, who said it was based on a rumor that Hangzhou would be using pink and blue as their team colors.

The rumors come from Chinese social media sites like Bilibili, which actually owns the Hangzhou franchise, and since the site’s main colors are pink and blue, many users have speculated these are the colors the team will use in Overwatch League.

Bilibili, a Chinese video-sharing site, have themselves hinted that the team colors will include pink, blue or white, and the owner of the site has said he would like to see a pink Reaper as well.

The concept itself looks awesome and even manages to make Hangzhou’s leaked “finger-gun” logo look good with some nice branded lettering and effects.

WreyrwyCould the official Hangzhou branding look similar to this?
600https://www.reddit.com/r/Competitiveoverwatch/comments/9x0ug5/hangzhou_spark_is_rumored_to_use_pink_and_blue_as/

Plus, having pink as their primary color could make Hangzhou’s merchandise an instant bestseller since fans have made it clear they really want a pink team in the league.

Fans will know soon enough, as Hangzhou are set to announce their official branding on November 15. If they do go with pink, it could help to overshadow fans frustrations with the finger gun logo.

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Overwatch players demand fix for controversial Halloween map

Published: 21/Oct/2020 19:49

by Michael Gwilliam

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It’s Halloween time again, and that means the Overwatch Halloween Terror event is in full swing – and with it come some unique map changes on Eichenwalde, Blizzard World, and Hollywood. However, not everyone is on board with the new decorations.

While the maps may look nice with their Halloween horror makeover, there are some significant issues with them, primarily on Eichenwalde streets phase.

The German hybrid map can be one of the more challenging points for attackers, as they need to push the payload up a narrow bridge towards the castle.

At this juncture, players used to the normal version of the map tend to use abilities that boop opponents to secure environmental kills. Sadly, the Halloween variant makes doing so nearly impossible right by the left-side doors.

The Halloween version of Eichenwalde places a fence that prevents players from being booped off the map. Normally, Winston players will activate their Primal Rage ultimate and knock enemies off the map as they push from out of the left doors to contest the point.

23-year-old South Korean tank main Sang-hoon ‘Kaiser’ Ryu took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the map’s redesign.

“3 years and this fence still exists in this Halloween map,” he said, posting a picture of the annoying fence. “Am I the only person who complains about this?”

Other players agreed with Kaiser. “The fact that the event maps make actual changes to the map that alter the gameplay is pretty dumb in a competitive game,” one replied.

The complaints aren’t anything new either. Famously, former Overwatch League pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel raged after the fence prevented him from knocking a Zarya off the map.

Halloween Sombra on Overwatch's Hollywood
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The changes to Hollywood are not as controversial.

While it’s nice to have special event versions of maps, as xQc noted in his clip, the competitive integrity of the game is damaged by major changes such as this.

Hopefully, Blizzard takes note of this when Overwatch 2 is released or Halloween 2021 rolls around and finally tears the fence down.