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Overwatch Announces Competitive CTF for Year of the Dog Celebration

Overwatch Announces Competitive CTF for Year of the Dog Celebration

First, Kaplan announced that the arcade mode, "Capture the Flag", from last year's event, the "Year of the Rooster", will be coming back with new rules and a new map.

"Year of the Dog" comes with some exciting additions including new cosmetics, new sprays, and a CTF-specific map based in Thailand. In this year's event, Kaplan explains that draws in Capture the Flag are basically a thing of the past. To start with, rounds will no longer end in a draw, no matter the circumstances.

The sudden death will take the form of each team flag being periodically moved closer to the centre of the map. The popular mode is also seeing some changes this time around to make the experience better for players.

The big gameplay addition being brought with the Lunar New Year event is the return of Capture the Flag as a public game mode. Kaplan was very honest about the fact that some of these skins were made for heroes that players do not often use, and it is safe to assume that these skins might entice others to use these characters more. Gamers were able to enjoy the game in the Arcade mode. This helps prevent a feeling of burn-out, it reduces the likelihood of drastic missteps, keeps Overwatch relevant as it faces down new competition, and arguably most important to Blizzard, it keeps players engaged. Additionally, the competitive season for capture the flag will now last 4 weeks alongside the event rather than 3. Those abilities will drop the flag.

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Blizzard will kick off Overwatch's latest limited-time event, "Year of the Dog", on February 8. That fear of getting the play of the game without your favorite skin on can now disappear forever.

It is unknown who the other heroes with legendary skins are, but the opening shot of the Developer Update video revealed that Widowmaker will also get a skin, though it is unclear if it is a legendary one.

On the cosmetics side, Kaplan promised "six unbelievable legendary skins", including one for Genji and one for Mercy.

Will you be taking part in the Overwatch Year of the Dog festivities? Kaplan also hinted at a "really cool" highlight intro for one of the heroes.


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