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Overwatch news: London Spitfire crowned Stage 1 League champions


UPDATE: London Spitfire are the Overwatch Stage 1 champions.

London Spitfire beat New York Excelsior 3-2 in the Grand Final of Stage 1, which means they take home $100,000.

ORIGINAL: The Overwatch League continues this weekend, as the final Stage 1 matches get under way.

Overwatch fans can watch the final three Stage 1 matches from 7pm UK time later tonight (February 10).

The Overwatch League matches will be live streamed on Twitch, beginning with New York Excelsior vs London Spitfire.

This will be followed by the Houston Outlaws vs Boston Uprising at 9pm UK time and Florida Mayhem vs Philadelphia Fusion at 11pm.

“LIVE TONIGHT: The final matches of #OWL2018 Stage 1, followed by the title matches!” reads a Blizzard tweet. “New York Excelsior vs London Spitfire. Houston Outlaws vs Boston Uprising. Florida Mayhem vs Philadelphia Fusion.”

Title matches will take place in the early hours on February 11, where players compete for a big money prize pool.

The Title matches begin at 1am, followed by the final match of Stage 1 at 3am UK time.

The news comes as Overwatch Year of the Dog loot boxes and skins go live on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

“This year, we’re celebrating Lunar New Year with changes to our Capture the Flag mode, including a new competitive mode, the new map Ayutthaya, and many gameplay improvements. 

“But we know what you really want… LOOT! Unlock over 50 new seasonal items—including legendary skins like Black Lily Widowmaker, Qinglong (Azure Dragon) Pharah, Xuanwu (Black Tortoise) Zarya, and Baihu (White Tiger) Genji—alongside gear from last Lunar New Year, available at reduced credit costs.”

“Over 170 cosmetic items are available, but the collection will disappear on March 5. Be sure to fire up your favorite gaming machine and see what good fortune awaits before it’s too late.”

The latest screenshots of the new Overwatch skins can be found in the gallery above.

Blizzard is also making changes to one of the game’s characters.

Blizzard has outlined plans to update Sombra in order to take some of the power away from her Ultimate.

The idea is to make her more powerful elsewhere, and to increase the usefulness of some of her other abilities.

“The idea here is to take some power out of her ult (and awkwardness of ult gain through health packs), and give her more power and usefulness in the rest of her kit,” Blizzard’s Geoff Goodman explains.

“A few changes that are being worked on accidentally found their way into the most recent patch. This is unintentional and we’re working on removing these.

“We’re planning on putting up a new PTR soon that has these changes (and more), so consider this a sneak peak.”



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