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by Published on 2022-12-21 03:04 AM

Overwatch 2 Holiday Surprise - Legendary Gingerbread Bastion Skin
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The heroes of Overwatch are dashing through the snow in this year’s Winter Wonderland! This event features a special delivery of new arcade modes, cosmetics, free rewards, and plenty of good times to be had with teammates and friends!

We’re also cooking up a sweet holiday treat just for you! Starting now through January 2, you can buy the all-new Gingerbread Legendary Bastion skin for a single Overwatch Coin.

Even if you are brand new to Overwatch 2 and don’t have any Overwatch Coins yet, we have you covered. Completing weekly challenges in the game will award Overwatch Coins for free, and thanks to our friends at Microsoft, you can now redeem Microsoft Reward Points for Overwatch Coins.
Log into Overwatch 2 now through January 2 to get a special gift from the team. Just by opening the game, players will receive the Festive Wreath weapon charm and the 2023 player icon. Stick around and complete special, holiday challenges to earn even more free rewards—including the Ice Queen Epic Brigitte skin.

Just remember, the offer to get the Legendary skin and free login rewards ends on January 2, so don’t let the cookie crumble!

The Winter Wonderland free login gift, seasonal challenges, and free rewards will be available until January 3.

From all of us here at Blizzard, we want to say thank you to the millions of players who have joined us already. We wish you a very wonderful holiday week and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the new year.

Happy Holidays!
by Published on 2022-12-13 07:08 PM

Overwatch 2 - Winter Wonderland 2022
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Overwatch 2 Forecast: Festivities, friends, and a definite chance of Winter Wonderland!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: heroes get cozy cosmetics, maps are blanketed in snow, and the arcade modes get a unique, icy twist!

Event Overview

The Winter Wonderland festivities have arrived! From now until January 4, join in special arcade game modes like Freeze Thaw elimination, Yeti Hunter, Snowball Deathmatch, and Mei's Snowball Offensive. Complete wintery challenges alongside these limited-time modes to earn weapon charms, player icons, sprays, and more—including the Ice Queen Epic Brigitte skin.

Oh, what fun it is to play some festive games today

We’ve got some ice-cold arcade modes lined up for this year’s Winter Wonderland! First up is Mei’s Snowball Offensive, where Mei no longer fires a stream of frost or icicles but instead fires snowballs to instantly knock out her opponents in a 6v6 Elimination or an 8-player FFA Deathmatch ruleset.

Next is Mei’s Yeti Hunt, a unique 5v1 raid-boss brawl. A Yeti is stealing food from the local village, and it’s up to the team of five Mei players to set traps and freeze the rampaging Yeti—but be careful! If he steals too much meat, he will go into an outrage and can easily wipe out the enemy team. Carefully spread out, set your traps, and catch the Yeti!

Finally, Freezethaw Elimination is Overwatch 2’s version of freeze tag, where the goal is to freeze all the opponents by eliminating them while getting your own teammates back in the game by thawing them. No game is ever truly complete unless you make sure to chill each of your opponents to the bone in this fast-paced elimination game mode.

Twitch drops

Keep the fun going with your favorite Overwatch 2 streamers on Twitch! Starting December 25 through January 4, tune into drops-enabled channels under the Overwatch 2 category and earn merry and bright D.Va cosmetics.

Watch for 2 hours to earn the Festive D.Va Victory Pose and watch an additional 4 hours to earn the Sleighing D.Va Legendary Skin!

Festive D.Va Victory Pose

Sleighing Legendary D.Va Skin

If your Battle.net account isn’t set up to earn Twitch Drops, check out the FAQ on our Season 2 Twitch Drops blog.

From the Overwatch team to you

As we kick off the fun, the team would like to share a little something from us to you. Log into Overwatch 2 from December 20 to January 4 to receive the Festive Wreath weapon charm and the 2023 player icon.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out on the shop for rotating holiday bundles and specials! Winter Wonderland is a heart-warming celebration, and we can’t wait to share all the seasonal cosmetics and game modes with you.

We’ll see you in-game, and stay frosty, friends!
by Published on 2022-12-06 10:25 PM

Overwatch 2 - Season 2 Exclusive Twitch Drops
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Season 2 has begun for Overwatch 2 and Ramattra is here to stand up for the fight for all Omnics. You can join in on his revolution and earn exclusive Twitch drops for Ramattra starting today and going through December 20. Simply tune into the Overwatch 2 category on Twitch and watch your favorite streamers who have drops enabled on their channel.

Watch for two hours to earn the Ramattra Restrained Spray. Continue watching for four more hours to earn the Traveling Monk Legendary Ramattra Skin. Remember you must claim the drop for the Ramattra Restrained Spray before you can start accumulating watch time for the Traveling Monk Legendary Ramattra Skin drop. Claim your drops at twitch.tv/drops.

Ramattra Restrained Spray

Traveling Monk Legendary Ramattra Skin, Omnic Form

Traveling Monk Legendary Ramattra Skin, Nemesis Form

You can earn these new drops right away on Twitch, but you must have Ramattra unlocked to access these new drops. You can earn Ramattra at tier 45 on the Battle Pass or unlock him immediately when you purchase the premium Battle Pass.

We have an exciting season planned for Overwatch 2, and we can’t wait to share our work with you including additional Twitch Drops coming later in the season! Catch up on all the specifics in our Season 2 Preview blog or hop on over to the patch notes to see the live changes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the dates of the Twitch Drops?
A. Season 2 Launch Drops will run December 6 through December 20, Winter Wonderland Drops will run December 25 through January 4, and Lunar New Year Drops will run January 11 through January 25.

Q. How do I link my battle.net and Twitch account?
A. Sign into your Battle.net account at account.battle.net/connections and click the Connect link for Twitch, then follow the instructions to sign-in and link your Twitch account to Battle.net.

Q. What devices can I use to earn and claim drops?
A. You can earn and claim drops using your PC/Mac web browser or on the Twitch app for Android or iOS. Twitch apps on game consoles, smart TVs, and other TV apps do not support drops.

Q. Do I need to watch the same channel the entire time to earn my drops?
A. No, you can earn progress towards a drop on any channel in the Overwatch 2 category on Twitch. You can, for example, watch half an hour on one channel and then switch to another channel without losing your progress. You cannot earn progress faster by watching more than one channel at a time.

Q. Will I receive my drop rewards in-game automatically?
A. No. You must claim the drop on the channel you’re watching or in the Drops Inventory menu on Twitch.

Q. Do I need to have heroes unlocked to receive the drops for that hero?
A. You do not need to have the hero unlocked to receive the drops, but you will not be able to access that cosmetic content until you unlock the applicable hero.

Q. Do Twitch Drop rewards expire?
A. Earned Twitch Drop rewards will expire seven days after they’ve been claimed if a Battle.net account has not been linked.

Q. As a streamer, how do I get Twitch Drops on my channel?
A. All you need to do is make sure your Twitch and Battle.net accounts are linked, and that you’re opted into Drops (see Drops Streamer Home).

Q. What regions are eligible for these Twitch Drops?
A. Participating regions include North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
by Published on 2022-11-29 07:15 PM

Season 2: Ramattra, Shambali Monastery, and the Battle for Olympus
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Season 2 is around the corner, and with it, a myriad of new in-game developments!

New tank Ramattra and the Shambali Monastery map

Ramattra rises to the forefront as Overwatch 2’s latest Hero. In a nod to his revolutionary goals, Ramattra is the first Tank that can completely change forms as part of his core kit, altering his abilities and playstyle moment to moment.

In our new Escort map, Shambali Monastery, we’ll ascend the winding path walked by countless Omnics who have sought refuge within its walls. Transcend your opponents in a battle for mastery over the one-time home of Zenyatta and Ramattra.

New season, new balance

A new season for Overwatch 2 brings another round of balance changes intended to bring some Heroes more in line with competitive balance for the rest of the roster.

Both metrics and player feedback have shown Sojourn dominating the highest tiers of Competitive ranks while remaining a challenge for players without the same mechanical skills. To address the high-skill feedback, we’ll be focusing on the lethality of her Rail Gun at distance for Season 2, encouraging players to make use of Sojourn’s high mobility to close the distance for the more devastating right-clicks.

Doomfist is receiving significant changes that better support his role as the team’s front line, while still maintaining the playstyle core to his Hero identity. You can also expect adjustments for Ana, Bastion, Junker Queen, Kiriko, Mercy, and Symmetra when we release this new update on December 6.

Arriving at fan-favorite destinations

With a new season comes a new map pool. Along with our newest map, Shambali Monastery, players can anticipate the return of a fan-favorite, Rialto, and the most epic place on earth, Blizzard World (some rides may not be available due to weather). We’ll also be visiting Oasis and Nepal at different times of the day and rotating out Hollywood and Watchpoint: Gibraltar. As a reminder, all off-rotation maps will continue to be available in custom games.

Greek mythology and Battle for Olympus

For Season 2, our theme is the stuff of gods and legends: Greek Mythology! Our second season features an all-new Mythic skin: Zeus Junker Queen, as the pinnacle reward on the Premium Battle Pass. Her skin will include new customizations, weapon models, voice lines, and special effects. Bask in the glory of her fellow gods by earning Legendary Poseidon Ramattra and Legendary Hades Pharah, all by progressing through the premium battle pass.

These heroes and several others will be imbued with awesome god-like powers in our new Battle for Olympus game mode. This new limited-time event will start on January 5 and last until January 19. Keep an eye on the skins appearing this season. They may give you a clue as to what’s to come during the Battle for Olympus!

Seasonal events and Twitch drops

We’re bringing back the Winter Wonderland and Lunar New Year events with new and improved rewards. Each event this season, including Battle for Olympus, will have a skin as a reward you can earn simply by jumping in the fun and completing challenges—this includes Epic Ice Queen Brigitte, Legendary Winged Victory Mercy, and Legendary Kkachi Echo.

You can earn even more Season 2 goodies by watching your favorite Overwatch 2 streamers on Twitch. Keep an eye out for a Legendary Ramattra skin and other Twitch drops this season!

Catch up Hero Challenges

We will be introducing new challenges in Season 2 as a way for players to earn new heroes they have not yet unlocked.

Players who missed out on unlocking Kiriko in Season 1 or brand-new players starting in Season 2 can unlock new heroes by selecting the Challenge for the hero they want to unlock, which sends you into the Practice Range to learn their abilities, and ultimately challenges you to win games of Overwatch. For those wanting to skip the Challenges, you have the option to unlock these new heroes directly in the in-game shop. As a reminder, Overwatch 1 owners automatically receive new heroes Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko, by logging in before the end of Season 2. Players new to Overwatch 2 received Sojourn and Junker Queen as a Season 1 login bonus.

Looking forward at what’s to come

Overwatch is growing: our player base, our team, and our game. We will be constantly adapting and building on Overwatch 2 as a live service. Season 2 brings many significant content updates that we are delighted to share with you, and we can’t wait to see how Ramattra shakes up the current state of the game.

Thank you for being a part of Overwatch, and we hope you enjoy Season 2!

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