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Will past Overwatch weekly challenge skins ever come back?

Published: 26/Oct/2019 22:12 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 22:26

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event is the latest to feature weekly mini challenges where players can unlock exclusive seasonal skins, but some players are wondering if they’ll ever be available again.

The Halloween Terror event in Overwatch is in full swing at the time of writing, with the second of the event’s three weekly challenges currently underway.

Like in Summer Games 2019, each week players can earn an exclusive skin by winning nine games, but some players are wondering if they’ll have another chance to get the skins in the future.

Blizzard EntertainmentThe time to unlock Junkrat’s “Inferno” skin has already passed.
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Will weekly challenge skins ever return?

Overwatch has two different types of limited edition skins, those available during events like Summer Games and Halloween Terror, as well as standalone challenges like D.Va’s Nano Cola Challenge.

The standalone challenge skins probably won’t ever make a return, using Nano Cola D.Va for an example: the event started in August of 2018 (over a year ago) and there’s been no news that the unique skin from the event will ever be available.

This makes sense for Blizzard, who use the mini-challenges as a way to incentivize players to log on and get into matches so they don’t miss their chance at the skin.

Blizzard EntertainmentIf you didn’t grab Nano Cola D.Va, Brick Bastion or any of the other mini-challenge skins, you may be out of luck.

But, there could be hope for players who missed out on Inferno Junkrat, or any of the Summer Games skins from earlier in the year.

Since the event mini challenges were new to Summer Games 2019, we don’t know how or if they’ll be included in the event for 2020.

The “exclusive” event skins could come back to be available for purchase in future events – so if you missed Inferno Junkrat, there’s at least a sliver of hope he’ll be available again in the future.

Blizzard hasn’t addressed whether or not the weekly event challenge skins will become available in the future – and we might not know until the event rolls around again.

Blizzard EntertainmentDemon Hunter Sombra is the reward for Halloween Terror’s third weekly challenge.

Demon Hunter Sombra is finally available

The most-requested Sombra skin in Overwatch finally returned for Halloween Terror 2019 as the nine-win prize for the third and final week of the event.

“Demon Hunter” was introduced in 2018 as an in-game reward for BlizzCon ticket and virtual pass holders, but Blizzard did say it would be available to everyone else “eventually”.

As we’ve said multiple times though, there’s no guarantee that Demon Hunter Sombra will be available once Halloween Terror 2019 is over, so grab it while you can.

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Best Overwatch tricks to dominate any hero as Tracer

Published: 18/Nov/2020 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Tracer has been one of the best Overwatch heroes for quite some time with a tremendously high skill ceiling. However, in 2020, the character has some new tools up her sleeve that players should really take advantage of, especially with Overwatch 2 in development.

In a new video by educational YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan, Overwatch League pro and Tracer specialist Dante ‘Danteh’ Cruz shared his best tips to battle each of the game’s heroes.

As a general tip, he advises that players learn map geometry to better navigate your way around to confirm frags. Remember, an earlier patch in 2020 made it so Tracer can Blink upwards onto ledges allowing for some vertical mobility.

Knowing where these spots are and traversing sneakily will reward your gameplay and make you a huge threat to any enemy backline.

Roadhog secondary primary fire on King's Row
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Understanding Hog’s primary and secondary fire is key.

Moving onto individual matchups, one of the most interesting tips that Danteh has for facing a D.Va is to Recall a bit earlier when she uses Self-Destruct. While most guides suggest to do so right away, he advises to do so earlier so you have even more time to secure a kill onto her in Baby form.

Against Roadhog, aside from staying away from his Hook, understanding how his primary and secondary fire operates will pay dividends. If you can play around both distances, you’ll have a much easier time to farm Ultimate charge off of him.

If the enemy has a Sigma, it’s best to open up the engagement with Pulse Bomb so he doesn’t have time to use Kinetic Grasp and eat it. After that, you should be free to melee him to death or use primary fire to secure the kill.

When dealing with an Ashe or Widowmaker, this is where the map geometry really comes into play. Use your map knowledge to get near those hitscan heroes and go in for the kill, especially if they’re already scoped in.

Doomfist can be a massive pain for a lot of heroes, but not for Tracer. Because he’s so cooldown reliant, you can easily get away from his abilities. If you’re able to focus him every chance you get, he won’t be able to do much.

Thanks to Tracer’s range buff, she can easily stay out of range from McCree’s Flash Bang while pressuring him. Use this to your advantage to negate his best tool in the 1v1.

Tracer sticks Baptiste with Pulse Bomb
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Don’t be afraid to just stick Baptiste.

For Pharah, she can be a bit tricky to deal with, but keep in mind that she is often run alongside a Mercy pocket, which means the other enemy support may not have peel if you can focus on them. Make us of this and pressure the enemy backline to render the Pharah pick useless.

Against Baptiste, a lot of players like to wait until he’s already used Immortality Field before going for a Pulse Bomb. However, Danteh doesn’t agree. If you can stick Baptiste, even if he gets lamp out, it will be destroyed by the Bomb and leave him with a mere 40 HP. Don’t be afraid to just go for it.

Tracer can be a very rewarding character to play when you know what you’re doing. Keep these tips in mind next time you Blink into battle and watch your SR rise as you climb the Overwatch ladder.