Wrecking Ball is here!

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[Insert HE CAME IN LIKE A WRECKING BALL JOKE HERE]. Kidding.

Wrecking Ball, or as he’s better known, Hammond, has joined the fray! The hamster from space has been added to Quick Play and the Arcade for players to try out, and will be joining competitive soon, likely in the next week or two. We also got our first look at his Overwatch League skins, but don’t be upset if your shiny new Hammond Golden Guns don’t work with them yet, they’re bugged.

Also in the patch are some long range damage falloff buffs for a few heroes, a nerf for Hanzo’s Storm Arrows, and Sombra’s rework where her Stealth ability becomes infinite. This change for Sombra has increased the number of Sombra players running around spamming, “Boop!” instead of participating in the fight.

Read the full patch notes here.

Overwatch League Grand Finals begin, earn rewards!

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The Grand Finals where we see the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion face off to become the Season 1 champions begins in just a few hours from this posting! See the times in your area on the Overwatch League website. Friday you can watch on Twitch, Disney XD, or the main ESPN channel, and Saturday you can watch in mostly the same places, except it’s ESPN3 instead of ESPN. The winner will be the first team to win two series.

Watching from home, you can earn 2x the OWL Tokens by watching the Grand Finals, and depending on how much you watch, you can also earn limited time sprays.

  • Watch 1.5 total hours on Friday, July 27 to unlock Match’s On!

  • Watch 3 total hours on Friday, July 27 to unlock Watchparty: Gibraltar

  • Watch 1.5 total hours on Saturday, July 28 to unlock #1 Fan

  • Watch 3 total hours on Saturday, July 28 to unlock Living Room

Full details on the rewards may be found here.

Notable News

  • All weekend is the Overwatch free weekend! Get your friends who don’t have the game to play and show them how to see their Overbuff profile.

  • ESPN reported that agreements for expansions in Paris, France and Guangzhou, China are being finalized. Assuming they go through, this would be the second European and Chinese teams. Rumor has it that there is still another European team to come. Germany? Finland?

  • The Dallas Fuel have picked up Jayne and Tikatee as assistant coaches. Jayne has many hats in content creation, but is known for his VoD reviews and as Coach for Team Canada. Tikatee worked on FNRGFE as assistant coach.

  • On Wednesday, NYXL player Saebyeolbye threw the first pitch at a Mets game. Boston Uprising player Mistakes was quick to point out it wasn’t the only thing he’s thrown lately. ;)

  • The Contenders finals for North America, Pacific, and Europe will all be held at the World Cup group stage venues. Contenders finalists will also be playing finals on the Wrecking Ball patch. Currently they play on the Brigitte launch patch.

  • Community Manager Tom Powers addressed Sombra bug concerns, showing that many the community felt still existed were actually fixed. Still, there are plenty to fix.

Fan Content

Cosplayer fjorimakes printed out their own Brigitte mace, and made any accompanying IKEA “manual” to go with it. I already printed the cover they shared for my wall.