Return to Winter Wonderland, and Other Overwatch News

The Winter Wonderland Christmas event was a personal favorite of many Overwatch fans. It’s back again starting December 12.

The event, titled “Return to Winter Wonderland”, will bring legendary skins to Hanzo, Junkrat, and Roadhog. There will be others, but the names of the other heroes receiving skins has yet to be revealed. Hanamura, Kings Row, and the Black Forest arena map will be decorated in the holiday spirit.

Mei’s Global Offensive, the arcade Winter Wonderland special of last year, can now be played in the Black Forest arena map as well as Antarctica. Mei is still the star of this year’s new arcade special: Mei’s Yeti Hunt. A team of five Meis will fight a boss yeti. The yeti will be none other than our favorite primate, Winston. The yeti will not be an AI, meaning you can choose to take control of the yeti and fight off the Meis. But, there’s more to it than that. The game spawns the Meis in a separate location from the yeti. The yeti must search for power ups to reach Primal Rage. Once he reaches this point, the Meis must use their abilities to escape and survive. Their main objective is to find and take down Winston before he reaches his rage form. I’m definitely looking forward to this one.

2018 is right around the corner, and Overwatch will be bringing some major changes. Two of the major changes will be happening to the competitive system.

First, there will be a decrease in the maximum allowed SR difference between the highest and lowest ranked players of a team. Second, those in the upper tiers (diamond and above) will no longer have personal performance adjustments. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of personal performance adjustments, it’s fairly simple. After a competitive match, you will gain additional SR for a win based on high personal performance, but slightly less if you perform poorly. The opposite goes for a loss; you will receive a higher SR penalty for poor personal performance and a lower SR penalty for high personal performance. Scott Mercer, Principal Designer for Overwatch, discusses these changes here.

In early 2018, official Overwatch League skins will be available. They will be for all heroes of Overwatch and include home team uniforms from the twelve competing teams. By purchasing these skins you will be supporting your team of choice. However, they aren’t obtained through the traditional loot box. League Tokens will be used to purchase the desired team uniform. Your first League Tokens will be provided to you for no cost but will only be enough for one uniform.

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