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We saw the early build secrets for the support heroes yesterday, including Lucio's timestop ult, and today it's time for the tanks and defense heroes to share their dirty laundry! Bastion has had the most ults in the game during development, including a mobile mine that he could trigger, which was apparently one of the worst and most hated ults in the game - so Bastion wasn't exactly popular back then either! It seems defense heroes (other than perhaps Junkrat) are generally the most disliked when used against you, with Mei and Hanzo probably standing at the top of that particular list, so definitely check out the stores about their early versions.
And then there's the tanks, with D.Va being the most buggy and problematic whenever anything changes in the game and Reinhardt having been a mech piloted by a little girl, which obviously later led to Orisa.
And in case you missed yesterday's support video, here it is as well:
Jeff Kaplan talked to IGN about some early builds of the 5 support heroes with the added bonus of footage from those early Overwatch days, sharing stuff like Pharah was initially called Mercy (before she was Rocket Dude and then Rocket Queen), Ana was The Alchemist, Lucio's ult stopped time and more!
Skins, emotes, S5 start date and Jeff Kaplan admits competitive rewards might have been a mistake.
The anniversary previews/teases continue as we get to see new skins for Bastion, Pharah, Solider: 76 and Zarya:
And then there's the new voice lines, featuring Winston, Solider: 76 denying paternity, Symmetra setting up the car wash with her turrets and more.
Placeholder for tweet 865329918258827266 The other news come from the competitive side of the game, as we got the end date for Season 4 as well as the start date for S5 and Jeff Kaplan recently admitted that competitive rewards were a mistake:
Season 4 of Competitive Play is coming to an end very soon, so we wanted to lay out a few key dates and important pieces of information regarding the upcoming season roll.
DATE AND TIMES
Season 4 will officially end on Sunday, May 28 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (or Monday, May 29 at 00:00 UTC). Season 5 is currently scheduled to launch three days later on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:00 p.m. PDT (or Thursday, June 1 at 00:00 UTC).
For time zone assistance, and to see when the season will roll in your region, visit thetimezoneconverter.com.
SEASON 4 REWARDS
If you completed your placement matches during Season 4, you will eligible to receive a special spray and player icon. These will be unlocked automatically when you log into your account the first time after the season ends. If you are placed within the Top 500 players on your platform (and in your region) at the end of the season, you’ll receive an extra player icon and animated spray on top of the other seasonal rewards.
Aside from sprays and icons, you’ll also receive a number of Competitive Points based on the maximum skill rating you achieved during the season.
Here’s the Skill Rating (SR) to Competitive Point (CP) breakdown for Season 4:
SR 1-1499 (Bronze): 100 CP
SR 1500-1999 (Silver): 200 CP
SR 2000-2499 (Gold): 400 CP
SR 2500-2999 (Platinum): 800 CP
SR 3000-3499 (Diamond): 1200 CP
SR 3500-3999 (Master): 2000 CP
SR 4000-5000 (Grandmaster): 3000 CP
THANKS FOR PLAYING!
Thank you for joining us for Season 4 of Competitive Play! Whether you placed in the Top 500 or just completed your placement matches, we’re glad you’re a part of our community and hope to see you in Season 5.
Until then, be sure to keep your eyes on playoverwatch.com, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for all the latest game news!
The anniversary is heating up as we're getting an all day livestream this Wednesday, May 24th, to celebrate OW becoming a 1 year-old. Starting at 10AM CEST and culminating at 8PM with dev interviews, in-game challenges and prizes!
What a year it has been! Since Overwatch launched on May 24, 2016, we’ve met new heroes and traveled to new (sometimes exotic) locations. We played our fair share of Lúcioball and Capture the Rooster, heard Reinhardt retell the terrible tale of Junkestein’s Revenge, and relived Tracer’s first mission during the King’s Row Uprising.
To celebrate what this year has meant to us, we’ve invited some of our friends from across Europe to join us at the TaKeTV studios in Krefeld, Germany, for a day of fun, games, and prizes! This livestream celebration will begin May 24th at 10:00 CEST, and the party (can’t stop) won’t stop until approximately 20:00 CEST.
English Unit Lost - Stylosa Valkia OneAmongstMany QueenE Kruise Mysca (OW Central) Ryan (OW Central) Hammeh GermanFrenchSpanishRussianItalianPolish Then at 20:00 CEST, we’ll close out the evening with a special anniversary livestream featuring dev interviews, in-game challenges, and even more prizes! So be sure to join us on Twitch as we get ready to fight for the future and jump into our second year of Overwatch...and beyond.
Until then, what’s your most treasured Overwatch memory from the last year? Let us know in the comments below!
Blizzard have begun teasing next week's anniversary event and the new additions it will bring, starting with three new Arena maps, similar to Eco Point: Antarctica. The new maps seem to be based on Dorado, Eichenwalde and Temple of Anubis.
And then we have the inevitable dance emotes, with Sombra, Lucio, Symmetra and Zenyatta getting showcased:
There's under a week to go until the event starts on Tuesday, May 23rd, and there's another change coming up, with standard, non-event loot boxes getting some new stuff, such as emotes for Orisa, Sombra and Reaper.