Update: New Overwatch Archives: Storm Rising Skin - Scientist Moira

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Science will reveal the truth!

Moira is a brilliant scientist, but all of her skins look the same, just different colors, with the exception of Blackwatch and the Halloween Banshee skin. I was hoping for something a bit more imaginative.

The Play Overwatch site also shows that there are 7, (6 now that Moira’s skin has been revealed) more skins to be unlocked. Who could they be for?

From original article.

We know that Overwatch skins help to tell the story of the heroes (and villains) we play. And Baptiste was one of Talon’s best combat medics until he went AWOL. He had originally joined Talon as a means to an end, but soon grew tired of being witness to and participating in their evil deeds. So he chucked the deuces and disappeared, until he was tracked down in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by his former team.

So, I’m hoping Orisa gets a new skin. She recently received a new skin, but compared to her counterparts, she’s lacking in the skins department. I’d also like to see a kind of sexy Mei skin. Thick girls are sexy too, dammit! And no, sexy does NOT have to equal revealing. But something less frumpy.

We’ll keep you updated on the new skin reveals as the come. Who else do you think will get a new skin this event?

Update: New Overwatch Archives: Storm Rising Skin - Circus Junkrat

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This Circus skin is perfect for causing mayhem!

Junkrat gets to have all the fun when it comes to Overwatch skins. This new skin is no different. I find myself needing this skin badly.

The Play Overwatch site also shows that there are 7 more skins to be unlocked. Who could they be for?

From original article.

We know that Overwatch skins help to tell the story of the heroes (and villains) we play. And Baptiste was one of Talon’s best combat medics until he went AWOL. He had originally joined Talon as a means to an end, but soon grew tired of being witness to and participating in their evil deeds. So he chucked the deuces and disappeared, until he was tracked down in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by his former team.

So, I’m hoping Orisa gets a new skin. She recently received a new skin, but compared to her counterparts, she’s lacking in the skins department. I’d also like to see a kind of sexy Mei skin. Thick girls are sexy too, dammit! And no, sexy does NOT have to equal revealing. But something less frumpy.

We’ll keep you updated on the new skin reveals as the come. Who else do you think will get a new skin this event?

New Overwatch Skin: Talon Baptiste

This is probably one of the least surprising new skin reveals, but still cool nonetheless…

You cannot release a new hero and former Talon agent just before Overwatch Archive: Storm Rising and NOT give them a new skin for the Archive event. So yeah, we knew this skin was coming this batch.Still, Bae-tiste Baptiste looks pretty dope.

We know that Overwatch skins help to tell the story of the heroes (and villains) we play. And Baptiste was one of Talon’s best combat medics until he went AWOL. He had originally joined Talon as a means to an end, but soon grew tired of being witness to and participating in their evil deeds. So he chucked the deuces and disappeared, until he was tracked down in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by his former team.

So, I’m hoping Orisa gets a new skin. She recently received a new skin, but compared to her counterparts, she’s lacking in the skins department. I’d also like to see a kind of sexy Mei skin. Thick girls are sexy too, dammit! And no, sexy does NOT have to equal revealing. But something less frumpy.

We’ll keep you updated on the new skin reveals as the come. Who else do you think will get a new skin this event?

Overwatch Hero #30, Baptiste - Already on PTR

Overwatch Hero #30, Baptiste - Already on PTR

Our newest support hero, Baptiste, is ready to make the world a better place.

When Baptiste was confirmed as Overwatch Hero #30, we predicted what some of his abilities could be. We were right. We compared our predictions with his abilities.

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It's Official: New Overwatch Hero is Baptiste

It's Official: New Overwatch Hero is Baptiste

Baptiste is Overwatch Hero 30

On February 19, Blizzard released a teaser video of Sombra hacking into Talon’s system, uncovering a classified document—Subject: Cuerva Strike Team - Log Recovered. The document detailed a mission to Haiti to apprehend or kill their former team member, Jean-Baptiste Augustin.

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Blackwatch Skins Tell Overwatch's Dark History

WHAT CAN WE LEARN ABOUT OVERWATCH FROM THE BLACKWATCH CHARACTER SKINS?

The characters from Overwatch are not just a group of vigilante special ops agents sent to protect the world. Overwatch was formed, officially, to combat the Omnic Crisis. Within Overwatch, however, another group existed specifically for handling black ops (covert) scenarios. This team was called Blackwatch. If Overwatch were The Avengers then Blackwatch would be Black Widow, carrying out secret missions within a mission. We can explore the darker side of Overwatch lore through the Blackwatch skins.

Omnica Corporation created consumer-grade robotics to level the economic playing field across the globe. The company, however, was discovered to be corrupt and their omnics—robots—were deactivated. The robots reactivated themselves and began an uprising; think Cybernet from Terminator. The Overwatch team was called upon to stop the uprising. Blackwatch was a team within Overwatch that executed secret missions, many of which were morally questionable, including assassinations and torturing prisoners.

Blackwatch consisted of (that we know of) Gabriel Reyes, Jesse McCree, Genji Shimada and Moira O'Deorain, Because of Blackwatch’s reputation, Overwatch members, by affiliation, were barred from entering certain countries. Overwatch still sent in Blackwatch operatives to gather intelligence and carry out missions in these forbidden countries. For example, Overwatch sent McCree into London seven years prior to the events that take place in-game. He was sent to gather intelligence on the King’s Row Uprising.

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Blackwatch, commanded by Gabriel Reyes, had a serious problem with Jack Morrison being promoted to Strike Commander of Overwatch. In addition, Overwatch was plagued by rumors of corruption and carrying out secret assassination missions. While Overwatch was very much public, the Blackwatch team was not, but there were rumors. When the Japanese government filed a complaint, other nations joined in petitioning the United Nations to investigate and put a stop to their "aggressive and repeated violations of many countries' sovereignty".

So, what does this have to do with the new Blackwatch skins? Everything! Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison were best friends—military pals. They joined the soldier enhancement program together and were recruited, along with others, into Overwatch to help solve the international Omnic Crisis—essentially, Judgment Day. Reyes was named commander of Blackwatch, but Morrison was the glue that held the team together. After saving the world, Morrison was promoted to Overwatch Commander, which put a lot of tension on his friendship with Reyes. Reyes’s resentment continued to grow and came to an explosive head at Overwatch’s Swiss headquarters. The pair fought, resulting in a deadly explosion that reduced the building to rubble and killed both Morrison and Reyes. Overwatch was disbanded shortly afterward.

 

Five years after Overwatch was disbanded, an unidentified vigilante that news reports described as having superhuman powers began targeting financial institutions and former Overwatch facilities. Helix International authorities tried to catch him at one of the crime scenes but were unable to. After a forensics team analyzed the security footage, the unidentified man that the news referred to as Soldier: 76 was revealed to be Jack Morrison.

Morrison, though he fit the description, was no longer alive, but replaced by what seemed to be a (superhuman) man named Soldier: 76, on a mission for information. When Soldier: 76 appeared, a deadly and ruthless mercenary called Reaper also emerged. He was remorseless, and unstoppable, leaving behind a trail of pale, lifeless corpses that showed signs of intensely advanced decay. Rumors suggested that Reaper was a genetic experiment gone wrong, the failed alteration causing his body to both decay and regenerate at an accelerated rate. And perhaps he was. In the game, Reaper and Mercy have an exchange that alludes to her saving his life, as she did with Genji Shimada:

Mercy: What happened to you?!Reaper: You tell me, Doc.Mercy: This is not what I intended for you, Reyes.Reaper: You knew exactly what were you doing.

Genji Shimada, the younger brother of Hanzo, was kind of a failed ninja, opting to live the luxurious life instead of training. Hanzo tried to get him in line, but Genji was hardheaded. After their father's death, Genji and Hanzo got into a heated fight that resulted in Genji being near death. Hanzo thought he was dead, but through the "mercy" of a talented Overwatch medic, Dr. Angela Ziegler, Genji was saved with the use of cybernetic technology. Genji was now part man, part robot and fit in with neither.

Infamous geneticist, Moira O'deorain is new to the Overwatch game. After her research paper on altering DNA at a cellular level landed her in deep water with the scientific community, Reyes secretly recruited her into Blackwatch. O'deorain altered Reyes's DNA, granting him superhuman abilities. After Overwatch was disbanded, Moira elected to accept funding from nefarious sources in order to continue her research. Soon after, she accepted a position as Minister of Genetics in the city of Oasis.

*Moira's Blackwatch skin is not available just yet. Her skin will likely be released around the time of the anniversary of The Uprising. It's currently unknown if Blizzard will create another Uprising in April 2018.

Not every member of team Overwatch was in Blackwatch.While the game itself reveals very little lore, Blizzard loves to tease its customers and fans with trailers, cartoon shorts, and short stories. There's always a method to Blizzard's maddening genius, and the Overwatch lore with skin reveals is definitely one of those. Overwatch's dark past gives players new skins to enjoy. The new Overwatch skins represent who each character was during the Omni Crisis.

Share your favorite Blackwatch skin here or on Facebook.

*Updat: Moira's Blackwatch skin was added to Overwatch during April 2018's seasonal event Overwatch: Archives.

How I Ruined My Guildies' Mythic 17 Key

Today was an excellent day. I went shopping, got some comics, a book some lipstick, mascara and really great conversation with my mom and cousin visiting from out of town.

After a long day out in the streets, I came home, helped (okay watched) my mom make some seafood gumbo, took a glorious, hot shower and hopped into my pj's. It was time for some fucking WoW!

I logged onto WoW and Discord and immediately my guildies are like "There goes our other healer." They were putting together mythic + runs to get everyone their +15 for the week. I already had my glass of water AND my peppermint hot chocolate. I was ready to go. Plus 17 Lower Kara it was.

My guildie put the key into the socket and it was go time. I start healing. We're fucking shit up. Fuck you, volcanic and fortified and sanguine! An eyelash fell into my eye or something. My eye started itching. Cool, no problem. I can just kinda rub/wiggle it out while healing. Then, my eye starts burning. Burning bad. FUUUUUCK! I just put on lotion! Now, in addition to the eyelash or whatever was in my eye, I now have Organic Lavender and Chamomile Shea Butter Body Balm (it smells heavenly but burns soooo bad) in my eye. My eyes are watering bad. I can't see. I can't stop crying (not sobbing, but eyes leaking bad). I'm in discord cussing up a storm. Guildies are both laughing and yelling at me, "Hurry up and go flush your eye out." My brother and my 10 year old cousin are laughing their asses off at me.

We finished the instance, but didn't complete the key. And I need a nap. Yup. I'm a fucking peach.

I originally shared this story with my favorite Facebook WoW group, Women of Warcraft.

Intro to Playing World of Warcraft: A Crash Course

Whether you're new to Azeroth or are just returning after long hiatus, this crash course will help you survive.

There are dozens of forums, websites and Youtube videos dedicated to World of Warcraft. And yet, most of them don't answer some very simple questions. Oftentimes, you're forced to sift through tons of crap not relevant to what you're looking for, having to listen to someone explain something horribly. And don't get me started on the craptacularly (that's my word), hideous music in the background. Here's where Ge'NeL comes to the rescue! We've created this guide to answer recurring questions asked in the Women of Warcraft Facebook group and all across the internet world....of Warcraft.

WHERE TO START

First things first, you have to decide which type of realm is best for you: player versus player (pvp), player versus environment or role playing versus player.

  • PvP is exactly how it sounds. It's faction player against opposing faction player in addition to NPCs. Outside of major cities, the potential to be killed by another player is pretty high. Some people even find joy in terrorizing low level areas. While it may be annoying, it comes with the territory.

  • PvE realms are relegated to environmental gameplay. While pvp is still an option on pve realms, it requires being in a battleground or arena or turning pvp settings on.

  • RPvP is a bit different. It's role-playing! You interact with other players as if you are an NPC or you can create a background for your character. Almost anything goes, including ERP (erotic role-playing). If that's what you're into (not gonna knock it--you do you, boo-boo) then you can get started in Goldshire.

Which faction is better? Horde or Alliance?

Before someone attempts to fill your head with nonsense let's get this out of the way first. One faction is not better than the other. They banded together for different reasons. That being said, different races have special abilities based on their race. You can click on the particular race then the "More Info" button below the races to see which abilities they have.

After you've decided which faction, race and class you want to play.

MAKING FRIENDS

Some people are content to play WoW alone. And that's okay. Some people enjoy solitude and want to play at their own pace. WoW, in itself, is a very social game where many objectives require playing with others. It really does help to have a friend or two to quest with. But making friends in Azeroth isn't always easy.

  • Join a guild. Joining a guild is the fastest way to meet new people. Talk in guild chat and gauge how people communicate with each other. Do not assume everyone's humor is the same as yours. Not everyone fancies dark humor. Needless to say, your first interaction with someone shouldn't be "Sup bitch" or anything of the like that shouldn't be the first thing you say to someone. Also, remember that a lot gets lost in translation via text communications. So be mindful of how you communicate with others and also how they communicate with you.

  • Create your own guild. By creating your own guild you can create the type of environment that you want to be a part of. Invite people you've interacted with who you feel would fit into the virtual home you've created.

  • Enter random dungeons and battlegrounds. Not only is doing dungeons and BGs a good way to learn to play your class better, but also a pretty decent way of meeting other players. And if you're good, it's likely people will give you kudos and want to play with you again.

  • Don't beg for gold. If there's one thing worse than gold sellers spamming trade chat, it's gold beggars. They are annoying. We know that newcomers need gold. But it's frustrating that people put a lot of time and effort into their characters to make gold, save up for repairs, etc. just for someone to come in and start off with "Hi. Can I have a few gold to guy a piece of gear from the Auction House?" No, bruh. I feel for you, but you have to make it the way most of us did. This guide will show you how to do that, too!

DUNGEON ETIQUETTE

Azeroth has enough bad apples to go around. There will always be abominable twats who think that hiding behind a computer screen gives them a free pass to treat others like total crap, waste people's time, pick on others because of their playstyle, etc. This guide is to help you to not be one of those guys or gals. Here are a few do's and don'ts to help make Azeroth a better world--of warcraft.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. You're new or it's been a while, speak up. "Hey guys! This is my first time here. Anything I should know about this boss?" People generally appreciate when someone can ask for help.

  • Be open to constructive criticism. It's not easy being told or made to feel as if you suck. Some people seriously do not have tact when talking to others. That's still no reason for anyone to treat you or anyone else like crap. But do try to be open to advice from those who do try to help you by sharing a few pointers or tips.

  • Don't need on every item that drops. In addition to your race-based special abilities, the character creation page also tells you which type of armor your class wears. For example: You're a druid in a dungeon with five other blokes. A piece of cloth drops. The priest wears cloth. You need on the item because you might be able to wear it. Don't do that! Druid's primary armor is leather. Priest's primary armor is cloth. Be courteous and ask if they need it before hitting need. Another example: You're a big, strong warrior in a dungeon. An intellect trinket drops. You hit need. WRONG! Warrior's primary stat is strength. Warriors do not need intellect for anything whatsoever.

  • Do try to have patience for other players. Healers need mana. Tanks sometimes like to wait on their cooldowns or certain abilities before pulling. Someone's kid may decide to play Whack-A-Mole with mommy or daddy's keyboard. Someone's cat may decide that their keyboard is now their bed. Stuff happens. Life happens. Be patient. It will be okay. I promise.

MAKING GOLD

Being new to WoW or making a new toon on a new server and not having enough money to repair your gear, buy gear or buy supplies really sucks. But there are so many ways to make gold. Here are a few ways to ensure you stack your paper (gold) quickly.

  • Loot everything. Yes, loot everything, even the grey items. Vendor them. The copper and silver add up.

  • Sell green (common) armor on the AH. It doesn't matter how low the item level of the gear is, it will likely sell on the auction house. Dirtydianna and Thickyvicky have found some amazing, low level green items for transmogs.

  • Choose a gathering profession. Leather, ore and herbs always sell on the auction house. Always.

  • Collect cloth. Cloth is yet another big seller on the auction house. Especially low-level cloth. Netherweave cloth continues to be the biggest seller on the AH, probably because Netherweave bags are easy to make and they sell very well, especially to low level players looking for more than the 4, 6 and 8 slot bags that they get while questing.

ADDON BASICS

Addons are not for everyone. Some people prefer to play with just the game UI and that is perfectly okay. But some of us use addons to enhance game play and in-game experiences. Here are a few basic addons, if you are interested, that may help you navigate your way through Azeroth.

First, download the Twitch Desktop App. It's all encompassing since they partnered with Curse to include addons. On the Twitch app, click Mods to take you where you want to go. Then select World of Warcraft to take you to addons for WoW. Clicking on the name of an addon will give you detailed information about what that addon does.

  • HandyNotes for questing is amazing!

  • BigWigs or Deadly Boss Mods for when you decide to venture into dungeons and raids.

  • Decursive is particularly helpful in dungeons, raids and battlegrounds. It's a mouseover addon that allows you to quickly removes harmful magic, poisons and diseases from your party or raid members if your class has the ability to remove them.

  • Details! Damage Meter, Recount or Skada damage meters. These are very handy to help keep track of damage, healing, absorbs, deaths and other actions. Details not only displays the damage and healing stats from your party or raid, but also functions as a way to help you improve your game play. For example, as a healer, both you and another player have the same specialization, similar gear and item level, but he/she is putting out more HPS than you. A number of things could factor into why your heals are lower. With Details, you can mouseover that person's name and it will show you what their top heals are. The same with damage.

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