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Upsets Abound: Paris Eternal, Guangzhou Charge win Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown tournaments

In a weekend full of upsets, it was the Paris Eternal and the Guangzhou Charge left standing in the Overwatch League’s Summer Showdown tournaments. Paris won the North American tournament Sunday night by taking down the Philadelphia Fusion in a back-and-forth seven-map match. In the Asian tournament, the No. 2 Guangzhou Charge unseated the heavily favoured Shanghai Dragons early Sunday morning to win the region.

Paris entered the North America bracket as the eighth seed but defeated No. 9 Dallas and No. 4 Vancouver in the tournament’s first two rounds. In the semifinals, the Eternal upset San Francisco, North America’s undisputed top team heading into the weekend, in a thrilling five-map set. Led by dynamic rookie Yeong-han “SP9R1E” Kim’s Genji play, the Eternal’s aggressive style proved too much for Philadelphia to overcome.

Earlier on Sunday, the Guangzhou Charge beat top-seeded Shanghai Dragons 4-2 to win the Summer Showdown Asia bracket. The Charge went up 3-0 before Shanghai staged a furious comeback, winning two straight maps before Guangzhou halted the Dragons’ momentum on the Blizzard World map. The Charge are a young but immensely talented team with players hailing from Korea, China, Spain, and the United States.

Visit overwatchleague.com to see all results in both brackets from this weekend.

The Overwatch League returns Friday, July 17 with qualifiers for its final regular season tournament, the Countdown Cup. For details on how that tournament is structured, click here. The rest of the 2020 regular season schedule is available here.

Overwatch novel "The Hero of Numbani" due out June 2nd, 2020

The hero we need!

The world still needs heroes. Are you with us? Enter the first-ever original novel for Overwatch, the worldwide gaming sensation from Blizzard Entertainment!

In the technologically advanced African city of Numbani, in the not-so-distant future, humans live in harmony with humanoid robots known as omnics. But when a terrorist tries to shatter that unity, a hero named Efi Oladele rises!

Efi has been making robots since she was little -- machines to better her community and improve people's lives. But after she witnesses Doomfist's catastrophic attack on the city's OR15 security bots, Efi feels the call to build something greater: a true guardian of Numbani.

While Doomfist sows discord between humans and omnics, Efi engineers an intelligent and compassionate robot, Orisa, named after the powerful spirits who guide her people. Orisa has a lot to learn before she's ready to defeat Doomfist, but Efi has some learning to do, too, especially when it comes to building -- and being -- a hero. With Doomfist rallying his forces, and the military powerless to stop him, can Efi mold Orisa into the hero of Numbani before it's too late?

This action-packed novel features the fan-favorite characters Efi, Orisa, Doomfist, and Lúcio in an all-new, original story straight from the minds of the Overwatch game team and critically acclaimed author Nicky Drayden!

If you're interested in picking up a copy of The Hero of Numbani, you can preorder now for $10. The book, which is over 300 pages long, is due out on June 2nd, 2020.

BlizzCon 2020 cancelled due to pandemic concerns

Blizzard has announced that they're calling off BlizzCon 2020 due to pandemic concerns. Check out the company's full statement below.

“We’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.”

Blizzard has said that they're looking to do something with fans online, but they're still figuring out the path ahead, and it most likely won't happen until early 2021.

Good Smile Overwatch Reinhardt Nendoroid Figure Up For Preorder

The heavily-armored Reinhardt charges into battle with his Rocket Hammer and always has his Barrier Field ready if his team comes under heavy fire. Keep this Overwatch Nendoroid Figure form Good Smile Company by your side and he will use those tools to protect you as you game.

If you're looking to grab a Overwatch Reinhardt Nendoroid Figure, you can lock in a preorder today. The figurine will cost you just under $70, and will ship out to you sometime before 2020 ends. Check out the preorder page here.

Overwatch Soldier: 76 figma now available to preorder

Reporting for duty

"Soldier: 76 reporting for duty."
From the globally popular multiplayer first-person shooter Overwatch® comes a figma of Soldier: 76!

The smooth yet posable figma joints allow you to act out a variety of different scenes.
A flexible plastic is used in specific areas, allowing proportions to be kept without compromising posability.
Optional parts include his Heavy Pulse Rifle, a muzzle flash effect part and his Helix Rockets.
A Tactical Visor effect part that can be attached to his head to display him using his Ultimate Ability is included as well.
Also included is an articulated figma stand to facilitate various exciting poses.

The Soldier: 76 figma is set for release in Feb. 2021, and it's priced at $110. If you want to check out more pics and grab a preorder, you can do so here.

Diablo III Easter egg discovered in Overwatch

Play of the game

If you break the barrels in the final area of Blizzard World, you'll rarely get a "legendary drop" (Diablo 3 easter egg) from r/Overwatch

Both Diablo III and Overwatch are made by Blizzard, so it's not surprising to see a tribute to one game in the other. What is surprising is that it took fans two years to discover this Easter egg.

All you have to do is break the barrels in the final area of Blizzard World map, and you'll be treated to a Legendary Drop Easter egg. While you don't actually get anything from this Easter egg, the game will showcase a light beam that is exactly the same as what you get in Diablo III from a Legendary Drop.

Overwatch Anniversary event set for May 19th, 2020

4 years of Overwatch!

Overwatch is going to be celebrating its 4th anniversary with a special in-game event that kicks off May 19th, and runs all the way to June 9th, 2020. The event will let players grab some Anniversary-themed goodies, including new skins for Roadhog and Ashe. Players will also be able to get skins from past events, and previous limited time game modes are expected to make a return.

Overwatch Developer Update: Competitive Open Queue

Game Director Jeff Kaplan discusses updates to Overwatch's Competitive Open Queue, Experimental modes, queue times, and changes to the Hero Pool system.

Overwatch Developer Update - Improved Communication Wheel

Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan discusses updates to the Communication Wheel, match queue, and the Workshop.

Check out the full patch notes for Overwatch's Version 1.47 update

Going over things

Blizzard officially added Echo to Overwatch earlier today, which is part of the game's Version 1.47 update. That's not all that's going on in the patch, though. You can check out the full rundown of today's update below.

NEW HERO: ECHO (DAMAGE)

Echo is an evolutionary robot created by Dr. Mina Liao and programmed with a rapidly adapting artificial intelligence, versatile enough to fill multiple battlefield combat roles. Having joined up with the Overwatch team to defend Paris against the Null Sector incursion, Echo is seeing action as a full-fledged member of Overwatch for the first time. Echo fires three shots (Tri-Shot) at once, in a triangle pattern. Echo fires a volley of Sticky Bombs that detonates after a delay. Echo uses Flight to surge forward quickly, then can fly freely to avoid danger or maneuver to a more strategic location. Using Focusing Beam, Echo channels a beam for a few seconds, dealing very high damage to targets with less than half health, including barriers. With Duplicate, Echo targets an enemy hero and clones them, gaining all of their abilities and potentially changing a team fight in an instant.

GENERAL UPDATES

New Feature: Training Partner

Within the Practice Range, use the Training Partner Spawner to create a bot of any hero on which you can test your abilities.

General

The Overwatch team has opened servers in a new datacenter to improve the gaming experience for players in the Middle East. Servers will be available beginning April 14, 2020

Added a "Patch Notes" button on the main menu and within the options menu. Selecting this button will open a web browser with the latest available game updates

COMPETITIVE UPDATES

The new Competitive Open Queue will be available in the Arcade for roughly 4 weeks. This mode will use standard Competitive Play rules, including hero pools, but will have no role restrictions or role queues.

HERO UPDATES

Tracer

Blink

Improved the accuracy of Tracer's blink movement such that Tracer will more likely end up where the crosshair is pointing

Developer Comments

Tracer will now blink around and over obstacles more easily to move towards the crosshair location. For example, if you aim alongside the corner of a wall, Tracer will blink past the corner
Tracer cannot blink through a space where she otherwise cannot fit normally
Tracer cannot blink over an obstacle which she otherwise cannot jump over normally, with the jump originating from Tracer's height at the start of the blink movement
We hope that these changes to Tracer's blink will feel more responsive than before.

BUG FIXES

General

Fixed an issue preventing switching to the next hero when team spectating D.Va in Custom Games
Fixed an issue preventing Team FFA settings and some Hero settings from being pasted back into Custom Game Settings via copy-paste
Fixed a bug that could cause voice lines from opposing teams to be heard at Hero Select screens on certain maps
Fixed a bug where knockbacks were not working correctly if the target was moving down a ramp
Alt+Tab now will cancel saving a highlight, instead of causing problems with playback
Fixed an issue where support players were getting incorrect credit for some plays, when determining the play of the game

Maps

Blizzard World

Fixed a bug that allowed players to stand in an unintended location between the first and second point

Busan

Fixed a bug that caused Sombra's translocator to float when thrown in certain spots

Dorado

Fixed a bug that could cause players can get stuck between the scooter and wall

Havana

Fixed a bug that could cause players to get stuck on some bushes

Hollywood

The capture area for the first capture point no longer extends outside of the visual capture boundary

Ilios

Fixed a bug that could cause players to get stuck between a wall, plant, and tree

Heroes

Moira

Fixed a bug that prevented Moira's Fade icon from appearing disabled when she is stunned

Mei

Fixed a bug where an already frozen enemy getting hit by Blizzard would cause the frozen visual effect to end too early

Tracer

Fixed a bug where the Pulse Bomb's "Stuck" message would sometimes appear on the wrong target

Workshop

Fixed an issue preventing Big Message and Small Message from displaying messages in Practice Range

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