When is Overwatch’s Lunar New Year 2021 event? Start date, skins, more

Published: 5/Jan/2021 4:32 Updated: 5/Jan/2021 4:34

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Overwatch’s Lunar New Year events are always a treat, and it won’t be any different in 2021. Players will be able to play special game modes and get their hands on some unique skins. Here’s everything we know so far.

The new year is finally here, which means Overwatch players can already look forward to the first seasonal event, Overwatch’s Lunar New Year 2021. It’s all about the Chinese New Year and introduces fresh content that revolves around Chinese culture and festivity.

In the past, it’s always included special game modes, map themes, cosmetics, and of course, some extraordinary skins. This year won’t be any different. An official announcement hasn’t been made yet, but we can still speculate on what’s to come.

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event is a time for celebration!

What special game modes will the event include?

Last year, Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event introduced Capture The Flag Blitz. In essence, it was a traditional capture the flag mode, but with a twist. Flags were placed much closer to the teams, and six captures were needed instead of three.

It often ended up being a chaotic skirmish, but no two games were the same, and it was incredibly fun. Based on the track record, all the signs point toward a similar event happening this year. However, there’s always a chance Blizzard could introduce something completely new. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Overwatch’s Capture The Flag Blitz is a good casual mode to break up the ranked grind.

Lunar New Year skins

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year events are all about the skins. The previous one added four legendary skins and three epic skins, making it seven in total. Moira, Sombra, Brigitte, Lucio, Winston, Doomfist, and Wrecking ball were the lucky heroes.

Unfortunately, we don’t know which heroes will get skins this year or what they’ll look like. But we’ll be sure to update this article the moment we do and provide a list of them all in this section.

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Last year’s Overwatch New Year event skins were fantastic, and they will be even better this year.

When will the event start?

Overwatch’s Lunar New Year 2021 event doesn’t have a fixed date yet. However, in the last four years, it’s started in late January three times. So, it will probably be the same this year.

Plus, Overwatch events tend to go live on Tuesdays, which means either January 19 or January 26 are good estimates. Either way, it will last for several weeks, running all the way into February.


Overwatch’s tank mains want nerfs as Echo & Zenyatta make ranked “hell”

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:44

by Michael Gwilliam


Overwatch tanks have been on the receiving end of some major nerfs lately with Sigma and Wrecking Ball on the chopping block, but now players are calling for changes to two heroes responsible for making ranked “hell” for them.

Tanks in Overwatch are critical pieces of any team composition and while they’ve seemed overpowered for quite some time, now, Echo and Zenyatta seem to be on the receiving end of fury from the playerbase.

Notably, Echo’s ability to delete targets with ease thanks to her ammo count and powerful Focusing Beam makes her a dangerous foe while Zenyatta’s Discord Orb shreds tanks.

When applied, Discord Orb causes an opponent to receive 30% extra damage. As such, large health pool tanks can be obliterated when focused down thanks to Zen’s utility.

Echo using Focusing Beam
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Echo has a lot of tools to be a pain for enemy teams.

Players on Reddit have been vocal in calling for changes. “Tanks f**king suck to play right now and the sigma nerfs just solidified that for me,” wrote user HaMx_Platypus.

“None of the tanks actually feel like tanks at all when you’re going up against 30% Discord,” they added.

Redditors chimed in with their own thoughts. “Completely agree, Discord should be taken back down to 25% at least,” one wrote.

Zenyatta attacks

“Echo’s issue is that her clip is too big,” another pointed out. “The Sticky [cool down] doesn’t matter, the issue is she can often use them again before having to reload.”

“It’s bonkers that she can combine all 3 abilities (right click, throw out a few left clicks and then immediately use beam) to stack the damage, as it will literally kill any hero in the game if you land the stickies,” a fan blasted.

Another took their criticism of Echo and Discord to another level. “Discord is simply too powerful. It’s literally like 6 Mercy boosts at a time and 90% of the time that’s going onto the main tank. Plus you add the spam damage that Zen does and it’s just unreal,” they slammed.

“Echo was poorly designed. I couldn’t tell upon release but it’s much clearer now. She just has too many tank-busting abilities and not enough punishability,” the user further remarked.

With so many players voicing their frustration, it may be a sign for Blizzard to consider some slight nerfs on the Experimental Mode in the coming weeks.