BlizzConline: Overwatch 2 and Shock Vs The World, all the news

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San Francisco Shock will receive a new skin for Roadhog to celebrate their victory in the 2020 Overwatch League championship. This skin was shown after the first game of the Shock vs The World series at BlizzCon 2021.

The @SFShock are really hogging the Grand Finals Championship skins 🐷

Here’s the first look at the glorious Midas Roadhog, available before the start of # OWL2021 pic.twitter.com/bED0k4qQCM

– Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) February 20, 2021

Of course, with a name like Midas, this skin can only be imbued with golden elements. Just like previous years, the skin is dedicated to the hero who led to the championship victory. Given how crucial Roadhog was in the 2020 Grand Finals, it’s only fitting that this skin is dedicated to him. However, the skin doesn’t have a well-defined release date yet. The video announcing it simply says “available in the game until the start of the 2021 season“. This new Mida skin recalls Winston’s Flying Ace skin for the London Spitfire and the Thunder skin for Doomfist for the San Francisco Shock’s first championship win.

Day two of BlizzCon 2021, San Francisco Shock have faced many opponents from all over the world in a very exciting marathon of matches. The first map was the popular game mode of the workshop “12 Hogs 1 Hole”, where both teams aimed to hook each other up in the classic abyss of Ilios. The Shock they dominated the series however teams from the rest of the world were not yet ready to surrender. Shock coach Dae-hee “Crusty” Park he faced the famous Craig Krum, known as Lucio Dad. Krum’s popularity stems from his son tweeting about his play style as Lucio in which he moves his entire body to dodge game elements. They faced off in a Capture the Flag 1v1, which Crusty won but Lucio Dad was always one step away.

My dad plays Overwatch like this. He jerks around, dodging and peeking around corners. He lifts his mouse to LOT. He loses his breath… But top 4 he says 🙄 pic.twitter.com/iOaZz66Srs

– SaltyFreeman (@biggestsonicfan) January 24, 2021

The Shock Tank, Matthew “super” DeLisi, then took on the Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan in a comedy slam. Jeff won, leaving the Shock vs. The World poised to the final map. It all culminated in a showmatch with former and current Overwatch League players who have faced the Shock. The all-star team had players like Dong-jun “Rascal” Kim, Dusttin “Dogman” Bowerman and Nikola “Sleepy” Andrews. The former pros started ahead by picking the heroes the Shocks were to play. Unfortunately, the Shock came out defeated seen the clear advantage of the opponents but they put on a really exciting show. At the end of the event, the Overwatch League announced the start date of the 2021 season. The curtain will rise on Overwatch’s top competitive series on April 16, 2021.

Given his total absence from the opening presentation of BlizzConline, it seemed that Overwatch fans would be left dry-mouthed but thankfully Blizzard created the panel “Behind the scenes of Overwatch 2” silencing any fear that the game might have been forgotten. Led by lead designer Jeff Kaplan, the 39-minute panel did not reveal anything particularly juicy: no release date, no integration for Overwatch one, and no cinematic sequence but it has anyway offered a taste of what players can expect when Overwatch 2 is finally released.

Here’s a quick overview of everything that was revealed:
New maps: Rome and New York
– Dynamic weather events such as blizzards and sandstorms
New PvE missions called Hero Missions
– Passive class skills that grant upgrades to players depending on their role. For example: DPS heroes have a higher movement speed and support heroes have a slight health regeneration.
Individual character-specific improvements like adding more steering maneuverability to Reinhardt’s charging prowess
– Skill progression that allows players to customize heroes
New looks for each hero
– New story content focused on fighting the evil robotic faction of the Null Sector

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