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Titans’ Haskal dominates the Mayhem, setting a new Overwatch League record

Published: 29/Jul/2019 18:32 Updated: 29/Jul/2019 18:42

by Bill Cooney

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The Overwatch League’s new 2-2-2 Role Lock finally ended the long reign of the GOATs meta, for better or worse, and is finally letting DPS players shine in the roles they were meant for.

Stage 4 of the Overwatch League kicked off on Thursday, July 25 and it’s the first time we got to see the 2-2-2 Role Lock in action, especially for those that don’t have access to the PTR.

It seemed like it was the first weekend in a long time where we got to see DPS players do what they do best – instead of being stuck on Brigitte or the odd Sombra pick.

Robert Paul for Blizzard EntertainmentThe Titans won Stage 1 of Overwatch League 2019, and they could be back for more with 2-2-2 in place.

Haskal’s time to shine

The Vancouver Titans seem eager to take advantage of the new 2-2-2 lock, with convincing wins over the Stage 3 champs Shanghai Dragons (VAN 3-1 SHA) and the Florida Mayhem (VAN 4-0 FLA).

A big part of their success was due to Hyojong ‘Haksal’ Kim’s insane Genji play, which helped the former Runaway players seemingly dominate anyone who dared to challenge them this weekend.

The GOATs meta didn’t give Haskal much of a chance to shine, as he spent most of the last three stages playing Brigitte. Luckily, Stage 4 has changed all of that.

Haskal definitely popped off against Shanghai, but it was the match against the struggling Florida Mayhem that really brought out the beast.

He racked up an insane 27 Dragonblade kills during the match against the Mayhem and even set a new Overwatch League record for most Dragonblade kills per 10 minutes.

The former Runaway player might not be in contention for the 2019 League MVP, but he’s definitely showing why a lot of people consider him one of the game’s best cyborg ninjas.

A weekend for all the DPS players out there

Haskal wasn’t the only Overwatch League player to pop off this weekend with the DPS jailbreak, the Toronto Defiant’s Andreas ‘Logix’ Berghmans had a cheeky play of his own.

While probably not as impressive as Haskal’s new Genji record, Logix’s quick-thinking spawn switch against the Washington Justice was certainly one of the more entertaining plays from the week.

With DPS players finally freed from the constraints of GOATs, hopefully that means we’ll get to see even more DPS players frag out like crazy in the weeks to come.

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Overwatch reveals drop rates for loot box items and skins

Published: 27/Nov/2020 23:45

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch has finally revealed the official drop rates for loot box items such as skins and sprays within the in-game client.

Players logging in can now check out the exact rates for standard loot box items in a special page in the home screen menu. The page provides a lot of details for those trying to complete their cosmetic collections.

Some of the information is already pretty standard, with each loot box containing either four items or three items with credits. However, each loot box includes at least one item of rare or higher quality.

The description goes on to further state that, on average, an epic quality item will be found in one out of every 5.5 loot boxes and legendary items found in every 13.5.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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Legendary Overwatch skins are the rarest.

Furthermore, they list common items as having a 99% drop rate, rare at 94%, epic with 18.5% and legendary a mere 7.5%.

These rates only apply for standard loot boxes, however, and not seasonal loot boxes such as the upcoming Winter Wonderland, Archive or Anniversary events.

Amusingly, the page also states that items obtained through loot boxes will not give any additional advantage while playing the game.

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Blizzard revealed the loot box drop rates.

While, for the most part this is true, some players have discovered some slight advantages of using, for example, barefoot D.Va or Pharah skins to mask their footsteps.

That said, aside from these rather niche instances, Overwatch has been good at completely avoiding pay-to-win components that have plagued other games.

Loot boxes have long been under fire from both politicians and players who view the practice as a form of gambling.

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Many players and politicians took aim at loot boxes.

In 2017, China forced Blizzard to reveal the exact drop rates for games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone.

Elsewhere, in the United States, Republican Senator Josh Hawley proposed the “Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act” which took aim at loot boxes and other pay-to-win practices.

However, to combat this, several companies including Activision Blizzard agreed to disclose drop rates for their titles.

At least now Overwatch players can sleep easy knowing exactly what their odds are for unlocking certain skins.