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With hundreds of items available for purchase during the Overwatch anniversary event, your hard-earned credits will thank you for reading this buyers guide before going shopping.
With hundreds of skins, emotes, and highlight intros available for purchase during Overwatch's anniversary event, your hard-earned credits will thank you for reading this buyers guide before spending 3000 credits on the first skin which catches your eye.
For the first time in Overwatch history, every skin, emote, and highlight intro from previous events is available for purchase with in-game currency. With each of the game's 27 characters boasting event-based items for purchase, spending your credits wisely is no easy task. Don't be a dummy and blow your money on the first 3000 credit skin which catches your eye! Take a few minutes to peruse this buyers guide for some high-quality Overwatch shopping tips first, and I guarantee your Hero Gallery will thank you.
If you're anything like me, acquiring new skins for your favorite Overwatch characters is a huge motivator, which is a huge problem because half of Overwatch's cast is my "favorite character", and the number of items available during this event far exceeds the amount of credits in my bank. There are number of things which can be done to maximize the amount of loot boxes you acquire during the event (maximizing your chances of pulling one of the new 3000 credit skins), in addition to a number of low-cost items which come at a much better value.
Grind Loot Boxes In The Arcade
Three wins in the Arcade rewards you with a loot box, which can be repeated 3 times per week. This means you can collect 6 loot boxes during the anniversary event from Arcade wins. In addition to the loot boxes which can be claimed from Arcade wins, you can also collect one loot box per PvE event in the Arcade. The flashback PvE events are a welcome break from the PvP carnage of Competitive mode, and are the fastest way to acquire a loot box so long as your team actually beats the event on the first try.
Avoid 3000 Credit Skins (To Start)
There are quite a few 3000 credit skins tied to this anniversary event, and I'll be very sad if I don't acquire a handful of them before the event is over. However, with some luck, these skins can be opened in loot boxes earned throughout the event. If you absolutely must have one of the new 3000 credit skins, I recommend waiting until the last day of the event to purchase it.
The Hottest Skins At The Lowest Prices
There are number of 250, 750, and 1000 credit skins which look better than their 3000 credit alternatives. If you're a more casual Overwatch fan who isn't looking to grind loot boxes, these skins are the best budget options for your favorite characters:
Ghoul Ana - 250 Credits
Corsair is my favorite Ana skin, but the 2750 credit difference between Corsair and Ghoul makes this one the smarter purchase.
Demon Hanzo - 250 Credits
For my money, Demon Hanzo is better than any of his default skins. Though Scion gets my nod for the best Hanzo skin, Demon Hanzo is a much better value.
American McCree - 250 Credits
I've played with many proud Americans who refuse sport any McCree skin but this one. McCree has some of the coolest skins in the game, but you a real patriot if you can't drop a measly 250 credits on an American flag skin? This skin also serves a stand-in for all of the other flag-based skins available right now for 250 credits, including France, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, and Korea.
Frostbite Pharah - 250 Credits
I find Pharah's event skins to be largely uninspiring. Of her event skins, Frostbite does the best job of enabling you stick out on the map like a sore thumb, which will no doubt appeal to attention seekers among you. Though my personal favorite has always been the default Raindancer, Frostbite's particle effects make it a safe investment.
Shiver Reaper - 250 Credits
If you're not into Reaper's campy aesthetic, Shiver is one of his tamest skins. I rock Shiver whenever I play Reaper in competitive mode, though his Pumpkin skin (which costs 1000 credits and is mentioned below) is another solid alternative.
Coldhardt - 250 Credits
Most of my favorite Reinhardt skins are default and can be purchased at any time, but who wants to basic? If you're not a default kinda person, Coldhart makes a statement with its frosty particle effects which none of the default skins have. There are certainly worse ways to spend 250 credits.
Palanquin D.VA - 1000 Credits
I'll admit that I'm biased about this skin, as I was living in Busan, South Korea when it was initially released and was totally immersed in Korean culture at the time. If you're a fan of K-pop, kim-chi, or Korea in general, Palanquin is a far better nod to the #1 gaming culture in the world than Taegeuki will ever be.
Sentai Genji - 1000 Credits
Who doesn't like Power Rangers? If you didn't grab the Oni skin while that was still available, Sentai Genji is best Genji.
Dr. Junkenstien - 1000 Credits
Junkrat is another character with a wealth of awesome skin options available to him, but Dr. Junkenstien is the best of his 1000 credit options. If you don't want to shell out for the new Buccaneer skin, Dr. Junkenstien would be one of the first skins I'd purchase if I were sitting on a pile of credits.
Jazzy Lucio - 1000 Credits
I'm not a huge fan of Lucio's skins in general, but he's a fun character and deserves to his look his best. Jazzy might be his best skin overall, and is a much better value than his 3000 credit Equalizer skin.
Chang'e/Luna Mei - 1000 Credits
If you're proud Mei golden gun owner like I am, I recommend Chang'e as nice compliment to her sparkly ice pistol. Mei's default skins are lame, so I'd highly recommend shelling out for one of these two skins if you're a fan of the character.
Witch Mercy - 1000 Credits
Mercy has three skins which are far cooler than the rest, and this is one of them. If you didn't spend 15 dollars to purchase the Pink skin and you don't have 3000 credits to drop on Winged Victory, Witch is the best option for Mercy mains.
Pumpkin Reaper - 1000 Credits
There's no way that Dracula is 2000 credits cooler Pumpkin. If you don't like Shiver, then Pumpkin is your best Reaper option.
Junkenstien's Monster/Bajie Roadhog - 1000 Credits
Roadhog's event skins are notably cooler than his defaults. If you're a fan of Roadhog, be sure to get one of these two awesome skins before the event is over.
Graffiti Tracer - 1000 Credits
For being Overwatch's flagship character, I find the majority of Tracer's skins to be uninspiring at best. Grafitti is her best skin and I don't think second place is particularly close.
Yeti Winston - 1000 Credits
Yeti gets my vote for "best overall Winston skin", and it's only 1000 credits!
Cyberian Zarya - 1000 Credits
We all know that Totally 80's is the undisputed Zarya skin to own, but that costs 3000 credits. As Zarya's default skins are all boring, Cyberian is the best option for Zarya fans on a budget.
Sanzang Zenyatta - 1000 Credits
Zenyatta has several default skins and a couple of other nice event skins, but Sanzang is the perfect compliment to Golden Zen orbs. Though Cultist is widely regarded as the fan-favorite Zen skin, it's hard to argue that Cultist is 2000 credits cooler than Sanzang.
You Don't Main _______ If You Don't Have These Emotes and Highlight Intros
Ana's Candy - 250 Credits
If you're an Ana main who doesn't sprinkle candy on people after you sleep dart them, I don't even know what to say to you.
Brigitte's Dance - 750 Credits
The newest character in the game, most of Brigitte's emotes are still fairly vanilla. Her dance emote is the most colorful of the lot, and a must-buy for any Brigitte main.
D.Va's Selfie - 250 Credits
At least she isn't dabbing.
Hanzo's Fisherman Dance - 250 Credits
If the true purpose of emotes is to induce salt in your enemies, no Hanzo emote is saltier than his Fisherman dance.
Running Rat - 250 Credits
Junkrat has some of the better emotes in the game, but this one stands out as the cleanest option for taunting your opponents during competitive matches.
Lucio's Juggle - 250 Credits
I wish I could juggle soccer balls on roller blades half as well as Lucio can.
McCree's Spark - 750 Credits
Cool guys don't look at explosions. What does that say about you if you don't purchase this highlight intro?
Mei's Snowman - 250 Credits
This emote would be awesome if built a Snowman which immediately went away, but the Snowman actually persists on the map for a short time after it is built, allowing it to be used for some impromptu target practice. Snowman is a must-buy if Mei is bae.
Orisa's Puppy - 3000 Credits
Shut up and take my credits! In this emote, Orisa pulls a puppy out of a present and plays with it. What more needs to be said?
Pharah's Rocket Guitar - 250 Credits
This is the best Pharah emote, and I refuse to accept any statements to the contrary.
Roadhog's Secret Friend - 750 Credits
Roadhog pulls out a squeaky toy, gives it a squeeze, giggles, and checks over his shoulder to see if anyone noticed. A+.
Roadhog's Feast - 250 Credits
Roadhog has some of the meanest and nastiest highlight intros in the game, but this is the only Roadhog intro one which is kind of cute.
Sombra's Dance - 250
This girl can shuffle! One of the better Dance emotes in the game.
Symmetra's Ribbon - 250 Credits
Who knew that Symmetra was a pro at rhythmic gymnastics? With a Symm rework coming soon, nabbing this emote while you can is the best way to prove you were a Symm main all along.
Tracer's Charleston - 250 Credits
I don't mean to alert you Tracer, but you've got some serious boogie on you. Her default emotes are great, but her Charleston emote is only the appropriate emote for in-game dance parties.
Winston's Shadow Puppets - 250 Credits
If you play Winston in competitive mode and have been struggling to climb MMR, not having this emote could very well be the biggest thing holding you back.
Zarya's Mystery Gift - 1000 Credits
Zarya's Mystery Gift and Orisa's Puppy Emote are the most intricate and detailed emotes in the game. If Zarya is your main squeeze, be sure to nab both this and the Totally 80's skin while supplies last.
Zenyatta's Perspective - 250 Credits
For my money, Zenyatta is the character with the widest variety of equip-able emotes and highlight intros. His Dance emote is also worth a purchase during the event, but his Perspective highlight intro is one you simply can't afford to miss.
The new event brings new patch notes and in addition to the new and old skins, old brawls etc., the patch brings the new Petra DM map, FFA Deathmatch, the Ana buffs and Brigitte and Hanzo nerfs from PTR, Rialto coming to competitive play, and a lot more!
And here's a short rundown of the changes courtesy of redditor itsjieyang:
Patch Notes (source)
Holy cats—it’s hard to believe it’s been almost two years since the release of Overwatch. As you might imagine, this patch is all about celebrating that milestone with the people in our community who made it possible. We’re marking the occasion with a ton of new content, including a new map (plus our first-ever Competitive FFA Deathmatch mode), but one of the most exciting parts for me personally is that for the first time ever, we’re making nearly every one of our past seasonal brawls available for play again at some point during the event in a sort of “greatest hits” marathon. I’m looking forward to teaming up with all of you for another round of Mei’s Yeti Hunt and Junkenstein’s Revenge. If you see someone on your team wearing a XX skin and spamming the XX emote, that’s probably me. Sorry in advance for zeroing you out at Lucioball. —Jeff Kaplan
New Seasonal Event: Overwatch Anniversary 2018
Celebrate Overwatch’s two-year anniversary with a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map—Petra—and more than 190 Anniversary items (60+ new for 2018), including eight legendary skins: Stealth Bastion, Shieldmaiden Brigitte, Formal Doomfist, Buccaneer Junkrat, Sherlock McCree, Forest Spirit Orisa, Magician Symmetra, and Cybjörn Torbjörn. Did you miss an item from a previous event? Throughout Overwatch Anniversary, you’ll be able to unlock items from past seasonal events with credits (and opening Anniversary Loot Boxes)!
Many of our past seasonal brawls will be available to play in the Arcade, and the brawl of the day will rotate throughout the event.
As a bonus this year, each Anniversary Loot Box can contain items from past seasonal events! You’ll also get one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box, with at least one guaranteed legendary item, just for logging in to the game during the event.
Thank you all so much for spending the last two years playing Overwatch with us, and we look forward to celebrating with you in-game!
New Map: Petra
A group of archaeologists have begun an excavation and preservation project among the ruins of Petra, a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map that puts all heroes on their own, facing off against one another until one hero scores enough eliminations to win the match.
Take in Petra’s majestic views, from high vistas to twisting passageways and deep caverns. Travel along deadly cliffs, but be careful to not fall off! A dilapidated bridge stretches across the map, and the ground underneath it can crumble away into a lethal pit (with a little firepower). Hopping on a green jump pad will boost you up to Petra’s higher levels and unlock new strategic possibilities for you. . . .
New Competitive Play Mode: FFA Deathmatch
Petra and Château Guillard will also be available in an optional Competitive FFA Deathmatch mode with placement matches, skill rating, leaderboards, and the opportunity to earn competitive points.
Projectiles will now pass through allies with full health
Ammo increased from 10 to 14
Developer Comments: These changes should help Ana when she is trying to land clutch heals in the middle of a big fight. Allies that do not need healing will no longer potentially block shots meant for teammates that do need it. Increasing her magazine size makes it less likely that Ana will be forced into a reloading in the middle of an important fight.
Maximum armor per player reduced from 150 to 100 Shield Bash
Cooldown increased from 5 to 6 seconds Developer Comments: Brigitte’s ultimate is very powerful, especially when it gets stacked up to its maximum value on many allies. This change will reduce the maximum armor value of Rally, but does not reduce the overall amount of armor given by the ability over its duration. This means when used in combat while her allies are taking damage, it should feel about the same, but the lingering effects of the armor should have less of an impact. Her Shield Bash is a very strong ability on a fairly short cooldown, making it difficult for her opponents to play around. Increasing this cooldown allows for more options when battling against her.
Damage reduced from 80 to 70 Developer Comments: Hanzo’s Storm Arrows are doing too much damage considering his other changes, such as Lunge and projectile speed. This damage reduction will give Hanzo’s enemies a more reasonable chance to react and fight against him while using Storm Arrows.
COMPETITIVE PLAY UPDATES
Rialto is now available in Competitive Play
GAME BROWSER AND CUSTOM GAMES
Added Infinite Ultimate Duration and Scalable Ultimate Duration options for Moira’s Coalescence FFA Deathmatch
Ana can now Nano Boost herself
Fixed a bug that caused players to repeatedly return to the Hero Select screen when backfilling into a match
[PS4/XB1] Fixed a bug that allowed the Show Network Ping to still display as an option under Show Network Stats in the Video tab
Fixed a bug that prevented the sound wave visual effect from animating when previewing a voice line unlocked from a loot box
Fixed a bug that caused a visual error to display 0/0 unlocks on the main menu
Fixed a bug that caused Widowmaker to become stuck in a pillar in the Practice Range
Fixed a bug that prevented the Groups tab in the Social menu from dynamically refreshing
Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented shields from blocking projectiles (e.g. Tracer’s Pulse Bomb and Junkrat’s Frag Launcher)
Fixed a bug that caused the camera to dip down for a frame when crouching and returning to an upright position
Fixed a bug that allowed groups to queue for Deathmatch Fixed a bug that caused Sombra to be revealed to all enemies if targeted by Hanzo’s Sonic Arrow or Widowmaker’s Infra-sight while stealthed Game Browser and Custom Games
Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence’s animation to incorrectly loop when Ultimate Duration was set above 100% Fixed a bug that caused Moira’s Coalescence SFX to stop playing after a couple of seconds when Ultimate Duration was set above 100% Fixed a bug that caused players who were idle in Assault and Skirmish game modes to be flagged as inactive and removed from the match Fixed a bug that prevented spawn resets and round start dialogue from playing when Random Heroes was enabled Fixed a bug that caused the start of match dialogue to say “Capture the enemy flag” instead of “Fight” in Team Deathmatch Fixed a bug that caused suicides to count as multiple deaths in Deathmatch when the Respawn as Random Hero option was enabled Highlights
Fixed a bug that caused dialogue lines to get cut short at the end of highlights Fixed a bug that caused placement indicators to appear red in Play of the Game playbacks and highlights when they were placed on valid ground Heroes
Fixed a bug that caused Ana’s Biotic Rifle crosshair to disappear momentarily when scoping and unscoping Fixed a bug causing Bastion’s Dune Buggy skin textures to stretch when waving hello Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte to reapply Repair Pack on her previous target rather than her new target if she used Repair Pack immediately after the cooldown ended Fixed a bug that caused Brigitte’s Shield Bash hitbox to be wider than her shield Fixed a bug that prevented Brigitte’s Self Healing statistic from being tracked Fixed a bug that prevented Doomfist’s hand from animating when using Hand Cannon immediately after Rocket Punch Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s Lunge animation to follow the direction of the first jump after changing directions on a subsequent jump Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s hands to float above his legs during his Meditate emote with certain skins equipped Fixed a bug that caused Hanzo’s shins to appear malformed in his Heroic victory pose with his Scion skin Fixed a bug that prevented players from modifying Hanzo’s Lunge ability cooldown time in Custom Games Fixed a bug that prevented Hanzo’s reticle from constricting when using Storm Arrows Fixed a bug that caused Lúcio’s Soundwave animation to play twice if he used his quick melee attack immediately afterward Fixed a bug that caused the hammer on McCree’s golden weapon variant to be dull with his Scrooge skin equipped Fixed a bug that caused McCree’s ankles to deform when he used his Take a Load Off emote Fixed a bug that sometimes caused frozen targets to evade attacks Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Pajamei skin to exaggerate the curvature of her spine Fixed a bug that caused Mei’s Endothermic Blaster visual effects to go through shields Fixed a bug that caused Mercy’s wings to stretch out comically when waving hello while using Angelic Descent Fixed a bug that caused Mercy to be placed too far towards the back of the hero line up Fixed a bug that prevented Mercy’s healing and damage boosting beams from being visible the first time it’s used on a player after activating Valkyrie Fixed a bug that caused the pumpkin in Orisa’s Pumpkin Head victory pose to persist after navigating away from it in the Hero Gallery Fixed a bug that caused the player’s camera to zoom into Reinhardt’s Rocket Hammer when struck by it Fixed a bug that caused Soldier: 76’s jacket collar to clip into his shoulder with his Classic skin equipped Fixed a bug that prevented Sombra’s laser sight from tapering at its end with her Talon skin equipped Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s hard-light prism visual effects to deform into a sphere on the Hero Select screen Fixed a bug that caused Symmetra’s Teleporter and Shield Generator to self-destruct when placed against certain walls Fixed a bug that caused Tracer’s Recall to appear jittery for spectators, in highlights, and in replays Fixed a bug that made Torbjörn’s turret lose sync with his breathing animation in his Medal victory pose Fixed a that caused Widowmaker’s crosshair to disappear for a moment when unscoping Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s shoulder to dislocate after using an emote Fixed a bug that caused Winston’s Jump Pack to stop short of its full distance when clearing ledges Maps
Fixed a bug that caused projectiles shot at Attacker spawn room doors to slide upward Fixed a bug that prevented the payload marker from appearing before the game started Fixed a bug that caused players in the first Defender spawn room to make water splashing noises Fixed a bug that prevented the payload thrusters from turning red when reversing Fixed a bug that caused Genji’s Cyber-agility and Hanzo’s Wall Climb animations to loop and stutter when scaling walls Fixed a bug that caused Doomfist to clip through the environment during his Combo highlight Fixed an issue that allowed players to get a Play of the Game by killing gondoliers in Rialto Fixed a bug that prevented the heal icon from displaying on with the first Defender spawn room Fixed a bug that allowed defenders to see attacker spawn entrances
Update: the patch notes have also arrived! Ana buffs, Brigitte and Hanzo nerfs and more.
Overwatch turns 2 today and there's a big three week long party here to celebrate it! We're getting a bunch of new and awesome skins (11 of them instead of the expected 10, including Sherlock McCree, Cybjorn, Magician Symmetra and more), a free legendary loot box, old skins and brawls available throughout the event and much more!
2nd Anniversary Event (source)
Celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Overwatch!
We’re excited to commemorate two years of playing Overwatch with you! What better way to mark the occasion than with a new FFA (free-for-all) Deathmatch map and more than 190 Anniversary items, including new Legendary skins? We’re also making past seasonal brawls available to play in the Arcade.
Earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box if you log in from May 22 through June 11, 2018. Each Legendary Anniversary Loot Box comes with at least one guaranteed legendary item and can contain loot from past seasonal events or other classic content. Anniversary Loot Boxes are also available for purchase—but they’ll be locked away after the event ends.
Come party with us!
COLLECT COMMEMORATIVE LOOT
Celebrate Overwatch’s 2nd anniversary with a slew of new rewards. Every Anniversary Loot Box is guaranteed to have at least one of more than 190 Anniversary event items, including 60+ new items for this year. And as a bonus this year, each Anniversary Loot Box can contain loot from past seasonal events!
Each purchase of the 50 Anniversary Loot Boxes bundle also includes one bonus Legendary Anniversary Loot Box.
You’ll get one Legendary Anniversary Loot Box just for logging in to the game during the event. But don’t wait to
And here are all the new skins, in addition to old event ones that can drop in all loot boxes during the anniversary! You can also check out the new emotes and old skins that can drop over at the official site.
So, favorite skins, new and old?
A new map, stop motion cake antics, behind the scenes making of videos + 2 new skins!
The reveal on yesterday's Overwatch league was a video of the new Petra Deathmatch map, but while everyone was expecting another skin preview from the anniversary event, we got something much better and most importantly, it was cake related:
It seems the OW team won't be satisfied until the game is present in all media forms, so watch out Saturday morning cartoons!
The new DM map is Petra, where archaeologists have dug up some ancient structures and, of course, the first thing to do when you find priceless antiques is to get a bunch of Overwatch and Talon agents to shoot each other in their vicinity!
And here is some behind the scenes action from the stop motion Tracer short above, making it all the more impressive
We also got two skin revels during the last week, and even though they're only Epic, they change almost as much as some legendary ones. The new skins which are part of the anniversary event that starts next week on May 22nd and it will also bring at least 8 more new skins as well as other cosmetics, with the main event being skins and brawls from past events dropping!
You can check out more info on the event here.