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Overwatch player somehow predicted the new Lunar New Year skins a year ago

Published: 21/Jan/2019 23:54 Updated: 22/Jan/2019 0:08

by Bill Cooney

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Some of the fun that comes along with new Overwatch seasons is speculating on the skins Blizzard could have made in past occasions or will make for future events, and one fan made a prediction during last year’s Lunar New Year celebration that seems to be coming true.

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event happens every year around mid-January and so far, skins for Reaper, Hanzo and Reinhardt have been revealed.

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The new skins are awesome, but one player actually did a pretty great job of predicting what they would be almost a year ago.

In a post to Overwatch’s subreddit from February 2018, user neobolts asked if next year (2019) would be the year Blizzard made Three Kingdoms themed skins.

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In the post, neobolt predicts there will be a Guan Yu Reinhardt and a Lu Bu Reaper, among a number of other heroes, and so far, it looks like they were right.

They didn’t mention the ‘Huang Zhong’ Hanzo skin, but they also didn’t rule it out, either.

Will next year be the year when Blizzard does Three Kingdoms skins? from r/Overwatch

The fact they were able to correctly predict not just two skins, but the overall theme for skins this year just adds to the user’s clairvoyant feat.

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event starts on January 24 and goes until February 18, so there are still a few more days to see just how accurate neobolt’s prediction was.

For their part, neobolt seems thrilled about this year’s new skins and the fact that the Overwatch team seemed to listen to their suggestion.

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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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