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Overwatch League 2020 All-Star teams and All-Star arcade game modes announced

Check out the rosters and what they'll be playing!

With teams playing online and split into two regions in Asia and North America, we’re going to double the fun and have two all All-Stars events this season before Grand Finals Weekend.

Today we reveal rosters for the 2020 All-Stars Asia and 2020 All-Stars North America events, as voted on by fans from around the world.

Saturday, September 26: 1-7 a.m. PT / 4-10 p.m. CST / 5-11 p.m. KST

Hyobin “Choihyobin” Choi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Menghan “Ameng” Ding – Chengdu Hunters, Tank
Euiseok “Fearless” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Jun Woo “Void” Kang – Shanghai Dragons, Tank
Dong-gyu "Mano" Kim – New York Excelsior, Tank
Han-been "Hanbin" Choi – Paris Eternal, Tank
Qiulin “Guxue” Xu – Hanzhou Spark, Tank
Gicheol “Cr0ng” Nam – Guanzhou Charge, Tank
Byungsun “Fleta” Kim – Shanghai Dragons, Damage
Gui-Woon “Decay” Jang – Washington Justice, Damage
Junyoung “Profit” Park – Seoul Dynasty, Damage
Seonchang "Ans" Lee, San Francisco Shock, Damage
Gilseong “Glister” Lim – London Spitfire, Damage
Hyojong "Haksal" Kim – New York Excelsior, Damage
Jun-ki "Yaki" Kim – Florida Mayhem, Damage
Jae-hyeok "Carpe" Lee, Philadelphia Fusion, Damage
Sang-Min “Myunb0ng” Seo – Boston Uprising, Support
Minki "Viol2t" Park, San Francisco Shock, Support
Kyeongbo “Alarm” Kim – Philadelphia Fusion, Support
Jae Gon “Leejaegon” Lee – Shanghai Dragons, Support
Jin Seo “Shu” Kim – Guanzhou Charge, Support
Seonghyun “Jjonak” Bang – New York Excelsior, Support
Jin-mo "Tobi" Yang, Seoul Dynasty, Support
Min-chul "Izayaki" Kim, Shanghai Dragons, Support

Saturday, October 3: 12-4 p.m. PT / 2-6 a.m. CST (Sunday)
Matthew “Super” Delisi – San Francisco Shock, Tank
Indy “Space” Halpern – Los Angeles Gladiators, Tank
Benjamin “Benbest” Dieulafait – Paris Eternal, Tank
Caleb “Mcgravy” Mcgarvey – Los Angeles Valiant, Tank
João Pedro “Hydration” Goes Telles – Houston Outlaws, Tank
Andreas “Nevix” Karlsson – Toronto Defiant, Tank
Gael "Poko" Gouzerch, Philadelphia Fusion
Niclas Smidt “Shockwave” Jensen – Vancouver Titans, Damage
Terence “Soon” Tarlier – Paris Eternal, Damage
Kai “Ksp” Collins – Los Angeles Valiant, Damage
Dante “Danteh” Cruz – Houston Outlaws, Damage
Brady “Agilities” Girardi – Toronto Defiant, Damage
Nicolas “Nicogdh” Moret – Paris Eternal, Damage
Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman – Atlanta Reign, Support
William “Crimzo” Hernandez – Dallas Fuel, Support
Seungsoo “Jecse” Lee – Houston Outlaws, Support
Youngseo “Kariv” Bak – Toronto Defiant, Support
Daniel "FunnyAstro" Hathaway
Grant “Moth” Espe – San Francisco Shock, Support
Brice “Fdgod” Monscavoir – Paris Eternal, Support

Both All-Stars events will include the following matches:
T-Mobile Talent Takedown — Overwatch League broadcast talent play a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.
Widowmaker 1v1 Tournament, presented by State Farm — Top players compete in a 1v1 headshots-only format as Widowmaker.
All-Star Game — Overwatch League all-star players compete in a 6v6 match in a 3-map set.

All-Stars Asia will also include additional showmatches. See below for all the details.
Winston Skills Challenge – Four players will compete in a 1v1 tournament to be the first Winston to push a neutral Wrecking Ball into the Ilios Well.
Genji Skills Challenge - Four players will compete in a 1v1 single-elimination tournament to determine the greatest Genji.
Ana Skills Challenge – Pros go head-to-head in an Ana free-for-all. Played in two rounds, each round ends when a player reaches 20 eliminations, or after 5 minutes.
Who is Meta? – Eight players with the best Fleta Deadlift percentages will compete in a Hero Gauntlet match. A Fleta Deadlift is when a player accounts for 50% or more of team’s final blows in a map win. The winner is the first player to get an elimination using a pool of 22 heroes.

More information on All-Stars game mode formats is available at overwatchleague.com.

Prize Pool
A total of US $225,000 is up for grabs during All-Stars. Here’s how it breaks down:

Event

All-Star Game winner
Asia - $90,000
North America - $75,000

Widowmaker 1v1 winner
Asia - $15,000
North America - $15,000

Widowmaker 1v1 runner-up
Asia - $7,500
North America - $7,500

Winston Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Genji Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Ana Skill Challenge winner
Asia - $4,000

Who is Meta? winner
Asia - $3,000

Where to Watch
You can watch all All-Stars events live and on demand on our YouTube channel, official website, and on our app.

The 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals takes place from Oct. 8 – 10.

Overwatch "Tracer Comic Challenge" Now Live

A fancy new look and more!

Cheers, love! The cavalry’s here – and it’s brought Tracer’s Comic Challenge, now live on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch!

From now until September 28, players will be able to earn limited-time rewards including a player icon, sprays with voice lines, and the new Comic Book Tracer epic skin for a total of nine new rewards.

NEW TRACER COMIC SERIES: “London Calling”

Overwatch is partnering with Dark Horse Comics to bring you the first installment of the Overwatch London Calling Comic Series! Illustrated by New York Times bestselling comic artist Babs Tarr and written by Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki, the series focuses on the life of young Tracer in the streets of London. The first of five issues will be launching digitally, with the physical version launching in the coming months. Subsequent issues are to be released on a monthly basis.

You can read Issue #1 of London Calling here

PLAY TO EARN

Your wins in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or Arcade will earn you a new player icon, a new spray, and a new epic skin: Comic Book Tracer!

3 Wins | Player Icon
6 Wins | Spray
9 Wins | Comic Book Tracer (Epic Skin)

WATCH TO EARN

Want more? You can watch Twitch streamers before, during, or after matches to unlock even more cosmetics that pack a punch! These rewards have voice lines, so tune into any Twitch streamer playing Overwatch now through September 28 to earn these six Tracer’s Comic Challenge sprays!

2 Hours | 1 New Spray
4 Hours | 2 New Sprays
6 Hours | 3 New Sprays

Overwatch "Tracer - London Calling" comic released

A free digital comic

Blizzard has surprise-announced and released a new Overwatch comic today. Fans of Tracer can check out Tracer - London Calling, which takes place years after Overwatch has been disbanded. In this timeframe, Tracer looks for new ways to lend a hand. You can enjoy a free PDF of the comic here.

Shanghai Dragons’ “Fleta” Wins 2020 T-Mobile Overwatch League MVP

Congrats to Fleta!

The final round of the 2020 Overwatch League playoffs completed today in exciting fashion, with the league’s 2020 MVP announced and the four teams advancing to 2020 Grand Finals set.

Byung-sun “Fleta” Kim, damage player for the Shanghai Dragons, was named 2020 T-Mobile Overwatch League MVP for his star performance on a variety of damage heroes over the course of the regular season in helping the Dragons to the best record in the league.

Fleta’s dominance and flexibility on Overwatch heroes including Tracer, Echo, and other damage heroes also helped Shanghai advance through the Asia region and into the Overwatch League’s Grand Finals, where they’ll be joined by the Philadelphia Fusion, San Francisco Shock, and Seoul Dynasty.

“I think the MVP is the hardest award to receive in (the Overwatch League), and that’s so meaningful to me, because it’s picking the best player of all the players in the league,” Fleta said. “It was an honor to even be nominated, and then to get it. I’m just really happy to be recognized for my hard work.”

To read more about Fleta and his thoughts on winning the 2020 Overwatch League MVP award, visit overwatchleague.com.

North America Region Weekend Recap

On Saturday in a highly anticipated matchup, the No. 2 San Francisco Shock took down the top-seeded Philadelphia Fusion 3-1 to advance to the Overwatch League’s Grand Finals as the top North America seed.

The Fusion bounced back in a big way on Sunday, when they swept the upstart Washington Justice 3-0 in the Losers Bracket finals to earn their Grand Finals spot. Entering the playoffs as the No. 12 seed, Washington eliminated Vancouver, Dallas, Paris, and the Los Angeles Valiant before coming up short against Philadelphia and MVP finalist Carpe.

Asia Division Region Recap

Led by Fleta, the top-ranked Shanghai Dragons took care of business with relative ease to punch their ticket to Grand Finals by beating the No. 5 Seoul Dynasty on Saturday 3-2. Dynasty showed its resolve and came back to sweep the No. 3 New York Excelsior on Sunday in the Losers Bracket finals to earn the Asia region’s second and final spot in the Overwatch League Grand Finals tournament.

2020 Overwatch League All-Star Skins

Regional Overwatch League All-Star events in Asia and North America are taking place later this month. In-game legendary skins for the event were revealed on broadcast today for D.va and Reinhardt. The skins will be available for in-game purchase on all platforms from Sept. 29 through Oct. 12.

More details on Overwatch League All Star events, including player selections and game modes, is coming later this week.

Overwatch League 2020 Grand Finals

The 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals will begin on Oct. 8. The 2020 champion will take home a US $1.5 million prize and the championship trophy. The runner-up gets $750,000, with $450,000 for third place and $350,000 for fourth place. If the season finishes with two regional champions, the prize money allocations will change: both regional champions get $1 million, while the two second-place teams in each region get $500,000.

Following the championship match, the 2020 T-Mobile Overwatch League Grand Finals MVP will be awarded to the standout player of the match.

All Grand Finals matches will be shown live and on demand on our YouTube channel, website, and mobile app. League Token drops will be available throughout all live Grand Finals Weekend events.

Overwatch update now available

A few character changes

A new update has been pushed live for Overwatch. Check out the full patch notes below.

HERO UPDATES

General

Shotgun patterns no longer apply random rotation. This will affect the following heroes:

Ashe
Doomfist
D.Va
Reaper
Roadhog
Torbjörn

We’re making weapons that utilize shotgun patterns more reliable by removing the random rotation applied to each shot. Individual pellets within the shot will still have a tiny amount of variance to their firing angle for the sake of the shotgun weapon feel, but this change will provide significantly more control over aiming these weapons.

ROADHOG

When combined with the changes to shotgun patterns, we’re looking to keep Roadhog’s Chain Hook combo reliable, but not overly powerful against heroes with higher health pools.

Scrap Gun

- Projectile damage reduced from 7 to 6 (150 total per shot)

TORBJÖRN

This change to Torbjörn’s secondary fire is aimed at giving it a stronger role at close range. We’re hoping this change allows each shot to feel more impactful, since it has a larger burst. To keep this change in line, we’ve also reduced the damage-per-second.

Rivet Gun
Secondary Fire

- Recovery increased from 0.6 to 0.8 seconds
- Damage increased from 10.5 to 12.5 per projectile (125 total per shot)

Blizzard provides a prize pool of more than 25K EUR in value for students to create Overwatch-themed animation

Good luck to the entrants!

We are happy to announce the Overwatch Student Animation Festival which offers a prize pool of more than 25,000 EUR in value to support aspiring creators from all around Europe.

Animation is a huge part of the Overwatch universe, and a big area of interest for Overwatch community, and we believe it is one of the most beautiful and inspiring forms or art and storytelling that enables various talents and passions. At Blizzard, we would love to support aspiring talent – this is why we are announcing Overwatch Student Animation Festival that will take place through 2020 and early 2021.

For this Festival, we are partnering with a selection of great animation and film schools around Europe. However, anyone who is studying animation or 3D video production as a student at any European Union, Norway, Switzerland or United Kingdom school, college or university can participate.

Students are invited to take part in three 1-month long stages, each focusing on a particular theme and topic. More details about the monthly themes can be found here. Participants will be encouraged to create a short piece of drawn animation, 3D animation, stop motion or other type of animation, that should focus on the theme and topic relevant for the current month.

All the entries will be reviewed by Blizzard and a professional jury consisting of the industry’s best experts in animation.

Christian Volckman, a French Film Director who worked on the animation movie “Renaissance”,
François Perreau, Studio Manager and Head of Animation at Superprod films
Ryan Denniston, Lead Animator at Blizzard Entertainment
Anna Morgan, Associate Cinematic Director at Blizzard Entertainment
Jon Teer, Previsualization Supervisor at Blizzard Entertainment
Benjamin Dai, Cinematic Director at Blizzard Entertainment

In addition to the reviews from the professional jury, the entries for all the stages will be eligible for the “Audience Choice” awards, which would be determined by the results of the public voting on the Festival website.

For each monthly category, Blizzard will reward the winning students or teams from a prize pool, which includes cash. The culmination of the festival will be the Grand Finals, with the winning student or team receiving 6000 EUR and free Overwatch game licenses in prize. You can find more details about the prize pool, the rules, and other information on the Festival website.

The applications for the participants will be open from early September. Submissions for the first contest month will be opened from October 1, 2020.

See you in Overwatch!

Overwatch 'Experimental Mode' update now available

Experimenting with some tweaks

An update for Overwatch's experimental mode is now live. Check out full patch notes below.

EXPERIMENTAL MODE

The next experiment begins! This time we’re hoping to get your feedback on some balance updates focused on shifting away from a barrier-heavy meta. We’re using the 2-2-2 Role Queue ruleset so that you can get a feel for how these balance changes might affect the live game.

HERO UPDATES (ONLY IN EXPERIMENTAL)

Brigitte

General

Base health lowered from 200 to 150

Inspire

Total healing decreased from 130 to 90 (Healing reduced from 21 to 15 health per second)
Self-healing is no longer reduced by half

Orisa

General

Base armor reduced from 250 to 200

Halt!

Radius reduced from 7 to 4 meters
Projectile speed increased from 20 to 30

Pharah

Hover Jets

Movement speed increased 20%
Regeneration rate reduced from 50 to 35 per second

Barrage

Duration reduced from 3 to 2.5 seconds

Roadhog

Scrap Gun

(General) Ammo reduced from 6 to 5
(General) Damage per projectile increased from 6 to 7
(General) Recovery increased from 0.7 to 0.85 seconds

Sigma

Experimental Barrier

Health reduced from 900 to 700
Regeneration rate reduced from 120 to 80 per second

Kinetic Grasp

Cooldown increased from 10 to 12 seconds

Symmetra

Photon Projector

(Primary Fire) Delay before losing charge increased from 2 to 4 seconds

Teleporter

Cooldown reduced from 12 to 10 seconds

Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

(Secondary Fire) Charge rate increased 15% (0.6 down to 0.52 seconds per orb)
(Secondary Fire) Rate of fire increased from 8.5 to 9 shots per second

WWE Superstar Zelina Vega shares her Overwatch D.Va cosplay

Another fantastic tribute from Zelina

WWE Superstar Zelina Vega is huge into video games, and has shown off cosplay for various characters in the past. Her latest costume has her playing the role of D.Va from Overwatch. Looks like she's done a pretty great job with it! I guess we know who she mains in the game now!

Overwatch's Summer Games 2020 Event Now Live

Let the games begin!

Grab your beach ball and join the fun in Overwatch Summer Games 2020. Earn new summery rewards like Sand Castle Bastion (Epic) & Surf’s Up Echo (Legendary) and return to the field in Lúcioball Remix.

Lúcioball, our futuristic spin on soccer, is back with a new twist. We’ve done some construction work on our Busan and Sydney arenas, and we’re kicking a curveball your way with Lúcioball Remix! In this faster, more chaotic version of Lúcioball, two balls are in play and bonus balls worth extra points will periodically spawn around the arena.

Full details on the Summer Games 2020 Event are below

NEW GAME MODE - LUCIOBALL REMIX

This is a faster, more chaotic, multi-ball version of Lucioball.
There are normally 2 balls in play throughout the match. If one gets scored, it respawns after a brief time.
Bonus balls are periodically spawned and are worth 3 points.
Players are not reset when a goal is scored. You keep playing.
Mercy rule: Games end early if one team has a 10-point lead.
Busan is getting new pillars and surfaces for more wall-riding opportunities.
Sydney is getting a ton of jump pad surfaces, and more wall-riding opportunities.

UPDATES TO LUCIOBALL

You can now crouch while midair to lunge down to the ground.
Lucio’s cooldowns are much shorter.
Lucio’s boop and punch range are increased.
Lucio moves a little faster.
Jump pads launch players a little higher.
Added gamepad rumble to goal-scoring moments.
Mercy rule: Games end early if one team has a 5-point lead.

WEEKLY CHALLENGES

These can be completed in Quick Play, Competitive Play, or the Arcade for limited-time sprays, player icons, and an epic skin on top of standard earnings normally received for playing Overwatch.

Week 1:

Win 3 Games | Baseballmari Player Icon
Win 6 Games | Union Jack Spray
Win 9 Games | Union Jack Tracer Epic Skin

Week 2:

Win 3 Games | Golfmari Player Icon
Win 6 Games | Sand Castle Spray
Win 9 Games | Sand Castle Bastion Epic Skin

Week 3:

Win 3 Games | Surfimari Player Icon
Win 6 Games | Ice Cream Spray
Win 9 Games | Ice Cream Orisa Epic Skin

NEW COSMETICS

This year’s Summer Games includes 5 new Legendary Skins (Tropical Baptiste, Lifeguard Pharah, Feskarn Brigitte, Karate Doomfist, Surf’s Up Echo) and 3 new Epic Skins.

Aside from Weekly Challenge rewards, new cosmetics also include 2 highlight intros, 1 emote, 3 poses, 7 player icons, and two sprays.

Blizzard says they're "passionate about" and "exploring" cross-play for Overwatch

Seems quite likely

There's always a lot of work going on behind-the-scenes for Overwatch. New tweaks to the base game and work on the sequel keeps Blizzard busy, but they're also looking into some fan-requested features as well.

In a Reddit AMA with director Jeff Kaplan, one fan asked if cross-play will ever be implemented for the game. Kaplan gave a very straightforward answer by saying that cross-play is "something we're passionate about and exploring." Looks like the team has interest, but that feature isn't ready yet. Perhaps it'll make its way into the sequel.

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