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Some Leaked Halloween Terror Skins

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Four of the new skins appeared on Facebook ads of Overwatch and some people noticed them!

We already know that Halloween Terror is returning this year and that there will be some new skins, including one for Reaper. The new Reaper skin and three other skins were "leaked" on Facebook ads and u/Mnemosynaut gathered them in a Reddit thread.

Reaper

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Zenyatta

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Mei 

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Symmetra

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