This fan-made Tracer skin would be perfect for the Overwatch winter event - Dexerto
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This fan-made Tracer skin would be perfect for the Overwatch winter event

Published: 22/Oct/2018 17:10 Updated: 22/Oct/2018 17:59

by Bill Cooney

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October has seen a ton of great Overwatch art from the fan community already, and this latest skin from Twitter user Red_Masca continues that trend with a skin for Tracer that looks good enough for this year’s Winter Wonderland Event.

Red posted the ‘Lightspeed’ concept to his Twitter account over the weekend, and it gives Tracer a blue color scheme and white hair that would fit in perfectly as an Overwatch Winter Wonderland skin.

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She also gets fur added to her uniform, which adds to the wintery feel of this skin and makes it looks like Tracer is getting ready for a trip to Ecopoint Antartica.

Tracer already has her “Jingle” Winter Wonderland skin, but fans probably wouldn’t mind if she got another this year, especially if it looks as good as Red’s creation.

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Red has created a few Overwatch concept skins recently, including one for D.Va that’s perfect for Halloween and an awesome take on Genji.

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Red’s latest creation probably won’t find it’s way into this year’s Winter Wonderland lineup, but it’s still an awesome example of the creativity in the Overwatch community.

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Even though fans may not end up seeing this skin become official anytime soon, an image from the Blizzard Gear store may have recently leaked a new Winter Wonderland skin for Junkrat.

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Jeff Kaplan reveals his ideal competitive Overwatch meta

Published: 8/Oct/2020 3:13

by Theo Salaun

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Blizzard Entertainment’s Vice President and Overwatch’s beloved Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed what he thinks is the ideal competitive meta for the expansive title.

Overwatch exists in many forms, from its highest ranks to its lowest, but the game’s competitive meta at the professional level has also varied greatly since the original release back in May 2016. 

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In the olden days, teams prioritized dive compositions led by Winston’s jumps and Tracer’s blinks. Then, in 2019, fans around the world either groaned or cheered as the divisive GOATS meta took center-stage, featuring a hefty squad built entirely with tanks and supports. 

Now, Kaplan is explaining his perspective on the game’s ideal state, following criticisms he levied back in July against the game’s double-shield reliance. Examining the game’s departure from a static, Orisa and Sigma-dependent environment, he dissects his compository ideology. 

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Barriers have held an uncomfortably powerful role in Overwatch for a long time.

As discussed in an interview with the Loadout, Kaplan is both aware of the professional scene’s interests and the casual base’s tendencies. Coupling those factors, he believes the game is at its best when there is some blend of high skill caps and diverse team compositions.

“The most ideal, healthiest state of the game is when the meta is somewhat fluid, when the meta is more map dependent or team match up dependent than it is static. We’ve all seen those moments when the meta has been completely static and all six players will just play the same six heroes every time. I think that’s fun from a mastery standpoint, but I think it’s a lot more exciting for viewers when creativity and curiosity come into play,” he said.

When Kaplan refers to a “static” meta, the simplest example is 2019’s GOATS, where three healers (Brigitte, Lucio, and Moira) were coupled with three tanks (D.Va, Reinhardt, and Zarya) and would barrel into opponents.

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It took tremendous teamwork to be pulled off successfully against other professional teams, but many fans considered it more tedious than entertaining after months of gameplay.

In its current state, Overwatch is not completely balanced, but there is a degree of variety to it. That diversity seen in the Overwatch League spans downward into the casual ranks. Kaplan indicates that this is in line with his department’s hopes.

“I think most of our players would say in the ideal meta, all our heroes would be viable in some way competitively. I think as a competitive goal from a game designing and game balancing perspective that is extremely challenging, but it’s obviously what we strive to achieve.”

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While he assures that Overwatch would be completely balanced in an ideal world, in the meantime, his team would at least like to push toward a game that varies to some extent based on coaching, player preference, and map.

It remains to be seen if current and upcoming patches can accomplish that, but Kaplan’s emphasis on “fluidity” is a welcome driving force.

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