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Overwatch Lunar New Year skins and CTF changes now live

Overwatch‘s Lunar New Year event is now live, bringing with it a bunch of new skins and changes to Capture the Flag (CTF).

Capture the Flag

First, here’s what’s different with CTF:

  • Flag pickup is instant
  • Flag cannot be picked up for 5 seconds after dropped
  • Flag return is 4 seconds
  • Flag return does not stop when taking damage
  • Match length is 8 minutes
  • After scoring, the flag takes 15 seconds to respawn

Moreover, a number of characters’ abilities have been restricted in CTF, as follows:

  • Doomfist: Meteor Strike, Seismic Slam, Rising Uppercut, Rocket Punch
  • Genji: Swift Strike
  • Pharah: Jump Jet, Concussive Blast: recoil (when used on yourself)
  • Reaper: Shadowstep, Wraith Form
  • Soldier: 76: Sprint
  • Sombra: Stealth, Translocator
  • Tracer: Blink, Recall
  • Junkrat: Concussion Mine (when used on yourself)
  • Mei: Cryo-freeze
  • Widowmaker: Grappling Hook
  • D.Va: Boosters, Self-Destruct (D.Va will also drop the flag if her mech is destroyed)
  • Reinhardt: Charge
  • Winston: Jump Pack, Primal Rage
  • Lucio: Amp It Up, Crossfade: speed boost
  • Mercy: Valkyrie, Guardian Angel
  • Moira: Fade, Coalescence
  • Zenyatta: Transcendence

New skins

Genji

McCree

Mercy

Pharah

Widowmaker

Zarya

What are you hoping to grab from Lunar New Year loot boxes?

Overwatch is currently available on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4.



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