Hailing from the Czech Republic, Germia recently posted a sneak peek video of her Anubis Pharah cosplay. It’s not just a regular cosplay costume, though. It actually features a moving electronic servos system. Her wings spread and holster back. Her gun also shoots missiles. Hopefully, she doesn’t poke someone’s eye with it when justice rains from above.
Guillermo Portero is in trouble after leaked evidence of corruption — A little nice thing Blizzard Entertainment posted on the official Overwatch Facebook page.
Personally, and that’s just me, November 1 happens on a Tuesday. Would it be far-fetched to think that a Festival de la Luz PvE Brawl takes us into a Halloween Terror-setup-look-alike in Dorado fighting either the Los Muertos gang or LumériCo’s security team?
[LOCAL] LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero under fire following document leak, Dorado nuclear plant protests planned for November 1.
DORADO, MEXICO—LumériCo has been engulfed in scandal by documents brought to light by the hacker collective known as “Sombra.” The documents are alleged to have been obtained during recent security breaches of the energy company’s internal networks. While LumériCo and Mexican law enforcement have categorized these break-ins as criminal actions, the Sombra collective claims that it is “only acting in the public interest.”
At this time, the massive file dump is still being analyzed and dissected, but a number of allegations have already been made, many of them focusing on the office of LumériCo CEO Guillermo Portero. Documents indicate that Mr. Portero used the company’s funds as his own piggy bank, that he was personally involved in bribing public officials and creating a system of kickbacks and payoffs beneficial to LumériCo, and finally, that he proposed a plan to seize privately held land via government expropriation to expand LumériCo’s facilities throughout Mexico.
Hanmura is an Assault map located in Japan. Attackers fight to capture two objectives. Defenders hold them off until time runs out. This colorful land and its cherry blossoms is dwarfed by the tall Fuji mountain in the background.
In real life, there is a restaurant named Hanamura, and a location in the far western side of Japan named Hamura — but 12 hours away from Mount Fuji. Thus, the Overwatch map is mostly a fictional location near Tokyo. In japanese, Hanamura means “Village of Blossom Flowers.”
“Hanamura is a well-preserved village of unassuming shops and quiet streets, known mostly for its idyllic cherry blossom festival every spring. But to those who know its history, Hanamura is the ancestral home of the Shimada ninja clan, which had grown over the centuries to become a powerful criminal organization. As its neighboring cities expanded, Hanamura was encircled, and eventually it was incorporated as a district within a larger city. For now, the imposing compound of the Shimada family lies empty, but that peace may soon be broken.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)
The Temple of Anubis is an Assault map located in Egypt. Attackers fight to capture two objectives; defenders hold them off until time runs out.
“Nestled among the ancient ruins of the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, the Temple of Anubis is one of many new excavations in the area. While most believe that the site is of interest for archaeological reasons, it also hides the entrance to a research facility that extends deep beneath the earth. The facility is alleged to house an artificial intelligence, but the whole truth is known only to a select few. Not even the agents of Helix Security International who guard the facility know what they’re protecting.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)
Overwatch voice actor Matt Mercer hilariously said “High Noon” during an interview when he responded where fans could follow his current work. He responded:
“You can find it on Twitch every Thursday night at 7PM pacific time at Twitch.TV/geekandsundry — so you go and check that out and see if it is a different time zone, you can go check ahead and watch it at… HIGH NOON!”
Everyone in the studio laughed in amazement as he pulled that one. Thanks to jigantie1 for that find.
King’s Row is located in London (England). It is an Assault / Escort (hybrid) map. Attackers first capture a payload, then escort it to its destination. Defenders attempt to hold them back.
“King’s Row is an upscale, cosmopolitan neighborhood of London, but just beneath its peaceful surface, tensions between omnics and humans are running high. While much of modern England was built on the backs of omnic laborers, they have been denied the basic rights that humans have, with most omnics forced to live in the dense, claustrophobic city-beneath-the-city known by some as “the Underworld.” Of greater concern is that recent demonstrations by pro-omnic-rights protestors have resulted in violent clashes with the police, and a solution is nowhere in sight. Many of London’s new buildings were constructed by the omnic labor.” — Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch: Collector’s Edition)
Nepal is a Control map where two teams fight to hold a single objective at a time. The first team to win two rounds wins the match.
“Years ago, a group of omnic robots experienced what they described as a spiritual awakening. They abandoned their preprogrammed lives to establish a monastery high in the Himalayas, where like-minded omnics could gather to meditate on the nature of their existence. Led by their spiritual leader, Tekhartha Mondatta, they took over the ruins of an ancient monastery and turned it into the home of the Shambali, a place where omnics and humans alike make pilgrimages in the hopes of finding a greater truth.” — Source: Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch Collector’s Edition).
Nepal is composed of three maps, going from bottom (village), middle (shrine), and top (sanctum).
The LumériCo website has been updated with a new entry in the NEWS section, and new email exchanges in Guillermo Portero’s webmail. Sombra hacked LumériCo’s NEWS section to alert the population the rampant corruption of Guillermo Portero. Sombra is indeed working with Los Muertos when she said: “We, Los Muertos…”
Sombra Hacks LumériCo Website’s News Page
Long live the King!
The King Guillermo Portero of LumériCo invites cordially, his loyal servants, to participate in his crowning event and to celebrate his infinite greed and treason toward the people of México. We gave coordinated the publication of info that demonstrates that Portero is a viper, that have for a long time ripoff the riches of our country for his own wealth. He has corrupted our government, turned our sisters and brothers into beggars, and he won’t stop until controlling the whole country under his dominance. But we, Los Muertos, won’t tolerate the celebration of his reign of corruption. We’ll demonstrate to our new conquistadores (conquerors) who wil take the reins of the future of our country! On November 1st, we’ll dethrone the King Viper and we’ll celebrate the recovery of our home.
Volskaya Industries is an assault map located in Russia, and the manufacturer of the massive human-piloted Svyatogor mechs that independently liberated the country from the Siberian omnium crisis without the help of the Overwatch organization.
“Russia was one of the countries hit hardest by the Omnic Crisis, but during the rebuilding process, it rode the wave of the mechanized labor industry’s revitalization and entered a period of rapid growth. However, after recent attacks from the long-dormant Siberian omnium, Russia has returned to war footing, guarding its sparkling cities with the massive, human-piloted Svyatogor mechs developed and produced by Volskaya Industries.” — source: Overwatch Visual Source Book (Overwatch Collector’s Edition, page 153).
The Lijiang Tower is a Control Map located in China. It is unknown if it is related to the Lijian city located in the Yunnan Province. That real-world Lijian city history goes as far back to the Warring States Period (221 B.C.). The local economy reached its peak during the Tang Dynasty with the construction of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road (formerly Silk Road) which opened trade between the Burman, Sichuan, Shangri-la, Tibet, and Yunnan Provinces, and extended through Iran, the Fertile Crecent and the Mediterranean Sea.
There is currently no hero associated with Lijiang Tower, but there is speculation that one of the founding members of Overwatch, Liao, might join Overwatch at a later time. If so, Lijiang Tower lore might be introduced via Digital Comics and/or Animated Short when Liao or another local hero gets introduced.
“Lijian Tower was built in the heart of a modern Chinese metropolis, its busy streets lined with stores, gardens, restaurants, and famouse night markets, where foods from around the region are available at all hours. The tower itself is home to one of the leading companies in China’s state-of-the-art space industry, Lucheng Interstellar, an organization with a long pioneering history that is currently pushing the boundaries of space exploration.” — source: Overwatch: Visual Source Book in the Collector’s Edition, page 133.
Two teams fight to hold a single objective at a time. The first team to win two rounds wins the match. Lijiang Tower is a control map with three locations:
Ilios is an Overwatch control map located in a Greece archipelago (a set of islands near each other). You can see at least four islands surrounding Ilios. There isn’t much lore about Ilios in the Overwatch universe, nor a Greek Hero. However, at some point Blizzard Entertainment might add a Greek hero and a digital comics to introduce lore about this place.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed today the new PTR build v126.96.36.199.32578 sporting a 415MB file size. Competitive Play Season 3 is now on the PTR. The Quick Play option was removed (temporarily) to focus testing on Hero changes. People were wasting time on playing multiple Torbjorns in a same match, or more than 2 of any hero. So it makes sense to disable Quick Play to properly test what needs to be tested. At this moment, no Season 3 rewards have been announced.
No changes to Skill Rating rules, however to access this info now you right-click on the Competitive Play button, then select “(i) Tier Legend.”
No Sombra on this PTR build. No changes to Dorado either. No new content for the Hero Gallery. Makes you wonder what the 415MB added to the PTR other than Season 3.
D.va got an increase of movement and movement-while-attacking. The video below shows the Before and After for comparison purposes.
2016 MLG Las Vegas has been announced by Activision Blizzard via newsletter. The Overwatch Invitational Tournament starts on December 16-18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino with a prize pool of $100,000.
For those planning to attend the event in person, tickets cost $49.99 for all-three-day general access. The VIP ticket costs $149.99 (which includes a VIP Hoodie, VIP seating, early access, and lounge access). Ticket details can be found here.
For those staying home, you can watch the livestream at www.MLG.tv
2016 MLG Las Vegas – Overwatch Invitational Tournament
Three-day event to feature the first competition of the Call of Duty World League 2017* and an Overwatch Invitational, both with a prize pool of $100,000
NEW YORK –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Major League Gaming Corp. , a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), presents MLG VEGAS, a festival and fan experience taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino , Las Vegas , on December 16-18 . The three-day event will play host to the Overwatch® invitational, and End Game — a special lifestyle event celebrating digital culture.
The event will play host to a $100,000 invitational tournament featuring Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Eight top teams will do battle in the blockbuster new team-based shooter over the course of the weekend, pitting their diverse rosters of heroes armed with extraordinary weapons and incredible abilities against each other in pursuit of the crown. Fans around the world can watch the excitement via MLG.tv on the web and mobile devices, where the proprietary EVE (Enhanced Viewing Experience) technology will allow them to dive deeper into the stats, players, and teams during the broadcast for the first time in Overwatch competition.
Standing at the intersection of esports, music, and digital culture, End Game will bring together thousands of eager esports fans under one roof for a huge celebration featuring interactive experiences, surprise musical performances and unique opportunities for content creators throughout the weekend.
“End Game is going to be the biggest celebration of esports culture in MLG’s history,” said Sundance DiGiovanni , VP of Brands and Content for Major League Gaming . “Video games are a dominant force in pop culture and have as much mindshare with this audience as music, art, or movies. When we looked at other festivals, we saw a huge hole in their programming, and Vegas presented an opportunity for us to celebrate these content creators, esports pros, and digital influencers. To put it simply, if you’re neglecting esports at your events, you are missing out on a huge passion point for a highly-engaged and creative audience.”
Tickets for MLG Vegas are available now at two price levels:
General Admission: $49.99 – General Admission seating for all three days and access to all End Game performances and activities
VIP Admission: $149.99 – VIP Admission seating for all three days and access to all End Game performances and activities, VIP hoodie, VIP seating, Early Access to Venue, and VIP Check-In
Team Pass : $299.99 – Compete in the Call of Duty World League North American Regional , presented by PlayStation 4
For fans who can’t attend MLG Vegas in person, the weekend will be livestreamed in HD on www.MLG.tv featuring our Enhanced Viewing Experience (EVE)
For more information about MLG Vegas, please visit mlg.tv/vegas or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Blizzard Entertainment deployed Overwatch PTR build v188.8.131.52.32559 with a mere 75MB file size. If you are wondering what that patch added, Bill Warnecke posted a brief comment in the PTR Forums:
Bill: Hey folks, the changes Geoff outlined here are now live on the PTR in build 184.108.40.206.32554.
The link provided by Bill shows the previous PTR Patch forum thread by Geoff Goodman, but Geoff updated the page adding the following:
We’re planning on kicking off another build for the weekend! Hopefully it will be some time tonight, but I’m going to post the notes now so you guys know right away whats going on. Thanks for testing and giving feedback.
Ultimate cost has been decreased by 20%
Developer Comments: This reduces the cost back down to what it was before the global ultimate cost change.
Explosion no longer damages the player who placed the mine
Charge rate increased by 20%
Minimum explosion damage has been increased to 25% of rocket’s total damage (formerly 12%)
Minimum explosion knockback has been decreased to 0% of rocket’s total knockback (formerly 75%)
Passive health regeneration now kicks in when Mercy avoids taking damage for 1 second (formerly 3 seconds)