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This incredible Wrecking Ball skin concept would be perfect for Overwatch’s Lunar New Year

Published: 21/Jan/2019 12:49 Updated: 21/Jan/2019 13:01

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created an incredible Wrecking Ball skin concept that would fit perfectly with the Lunar New Year in-game event.

As this year’s Lunar New Year event – the Year of the Pig – approaches, fans have been suggesting the kinds of designs they’d like to see for the new cosmetic items.

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Overwatch fan ISAAC9797 has created an incredible concept design for a Wrecking Ball skin, called “Celestial Ball”, which is not only visually stunning but also fits perfectly with both the aesthetic and theme of the Lunar New Year, drawing inspiration from Chinese culture, history, and myth.

The “Celestial Ball” skin is inspired by ancient Chinese astronomical instruments, the “amillary sphere” and “celestial globe”. The pattern takes cues from the dragon design on the pillar of the amillary spher, while the color scheme mimics that of China’s Forbidden City.

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Piloting the Wrecking Ball is a robed and bearded Hammond, whose design ISAAC9797 says is inspired by the look of traditional Chinese alchemists.

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Lunar New Year is the next in-game event in the Overwatch calendar, due to kick off on January 24. As always, it will be adding a collection of new skins, some of which have already been revealed. So far, Reaper, Hanzo, and Reinhardt will be getting new looks, although it’s entirely possible Wrecking Ball could be on the list when the event drops.

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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.