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When does Overwatch Summer Games 2020 event begin? Everything we know

Published: 9/Jul/2020 0:33

by Michael Gwilliam


It’s been awhile since the last Overwatch event, Anniversary, came to a close, and fans have been eager to find out when the next Summer Games will kick-off.

Summer Games was the first-ever Overwatch event back when the game first launched in 2016. Amusingly, it also coincided with the Olympic Games, and while not an official Olympic crossover, it did feature the introduction of country-specific skins, as well as icons.

The Summer Games event also introduced the Lucio Ball mode, where teams of three try to score as many goals as possible in a Rocket League-like setting with massive soccer balls.

Since its 2016 iteration, Blizzard has enhanced the event to include a short competitive Lucio Ball season with its own leaderboards and rewards.

Lucioball in Overwatch Summer Games
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Lucioball is the main Overwatch Summer Games mode.

Additionally, Lucio Ball has seen new maps created exclusively for it in the form of Sydney Harbor Arena and Busan Stadium.

Of course, the best part about the event is the skins, which take the game’s cast and transform them into summer attire such as Lifeguard McCree, Grillmaster 76 and Tulum Sombra.

Others are more athletic and put the heroes in sports-themed skins like Lacrosse Roadhog, Cricket Junkrat and the ever-popular Fastball Zenyatta.

D.va's Overwatch Summer Games waveracer skin
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D.va is ready for Summer.

The question is, when will the event begin? While the 2016, 2017 and 2018 events have begun in early August, the 2019 version started in mid-July.

Considering the other events began on a Tuesday, it’s likely that the 2020 Summer Games could begin as early as July 14. Other possible dates include July 21, July 28 and August 4.

So far, Blizzard hasn’t started teasing that the event is coming, but once they do, we should have a better idea that the Summer Games is right around the corner.

Zenyatta's Overwatch fastball skin
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We want a pitcher, not an Omnic monk…er?

Until then, players can sink their teeth into the new Competitive Open Queue and try to earn some valuable coins to unlock the new batch of skins that are on the way.

Will this be the year the likes of Ashe and Sigma get Summer Games skins? Only time will tell.


Dafran shows off incredible Overwatch Dynamite tactic with Ashe

Published: 4/Dec/2020 0:04

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer-turned-farmer Daniel ‘Dafran’ Francesca showed that he is still insane at Overwatch by utilizing a simple trick with the hero Ashe.

Dafran has long been considered one of the best Overwatch players on the planet, despite only spending one stage in OWL back in season 2. While he was known mostly for his sensational McCree, Soldier, and Tracer plays, the Danish DPS star can also frag out on Ashe.

During a December 3 broadcast, Dafran found himself attacking on Junkertown and in a prime position to help his team capture Point B.

On the Ashe, Dafran noticed all sorts of enemies were grouping in a small room they need to funnel through to get into the streets phase area. With his Widowmaker ally using her ultimate to fully reveal their location, Francesca decided to take matters into his own hands.

Ashe leads her team on Rialto
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Ashe can be a big threat with Dynamite.

With his B.O.B active on the other side of the room and the enemies waiting for the big Omnic butler to disappear before they made their move, Dafran threw his Dynamite barely inside.

Ashe’s Dynamite can be one of the most impactful abilities in Overwatch, dealing massive damage upon the explosion and then a bit more over time. Those closest to the explosion take 50 damage with 100 burn damage coming over time.

Once the Dynamite exploded, the enemy Ashe, Baptiste, Zenyatta and Widowmaker were at his mercy. Speaking of Mercy, the Dane had one pocketing him, making sure he inflicted extra damage.

With some simple hip firing, he was able to eliminate the three targets before ADSing to dink the Widow for the quadruple kill – plus, 60% in brand new ultimate charge for another B.O.B.

“That’s an Overwatch League play, dude!” he exclaimed. “Holy f**k, dude.”

The best part about the whole sequence is just how simple it really was, and there is no reason you can’t replicate it in your games. Just remember how easy Ashe’s Dynamite can be to land if you don’t overcomplicate the toss and opt to just hip fire.

It may not be the flashiest, but it can win entire team fights with relative ease. Give it a shot next time you queue up as DPS.