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Dev Update: Winter Wonderland Returns!

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New Mei themed event - Yeti hunt boss battle where a player plays the boss, old Snowball fight returns, new skins, seasonal tweaks to maps and much more!

"Jeff from the Overwatch team"is back to his video ways and is here to tell us about the next seasonal event! December 12th aka next Tuesday will bring new skins, including an existing Hanzo one from the comics and we'll be getting seasonal changes to some of the maps - so snow everywhere, presumably. Mei's Snowball Offensive is back on an additional map, and there's a new event as well, Mei's Yeti Hunt, a boss fight with 5 Meis vs 1 Yeti aka Winston. The boss will be played by an actual player as well!

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