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Millions of people are playing Overwatch 2, and at the end of a match in Ranked and Quick Play, you can give and receive Endorsements from your teammates.

Endorsements are a reputation system that requires other, usually random, teammates to appreciate your efforts during a match. Do enough good, and you can level up your Endorsement score, showing how good a teammate you are and receiving some nice rewards on top.

We’ll cover everything you need to know about Endorsements in this guide, including how to get and receive them, what rewards they offer and more.

How Endorsements Work in Overwatch

The Endorsement system is pretty straightforward. At the end of a match, you can pull up the Endorsement menu using a button at the bottom of your screen. It’s especially visible during the Play of the Game clip. There, you can endorse up to two of your teammates to show your appreciation for their contributions to the team.

You don’t need to endorse anyone if no one did anything worthwhile. Your teammates have the same option, so if you were a credit to team, you’ll see a notification on the left side of your screen saying so.

There are a few limitations to Endorsements.

  • You can only endorse a particular player once every twelve hours.
  • You can’t endorse members of the opposing team.
  • You cannot endorse anyone on your Battle Net friends list.

Additionally, unlike the original Overwatch, there are no playstyle-specific Endorsements. Good leadership, team play, and other qualities are out the window in favor of a general “You did good” system.

These limitations are designed to keep you from farming all the rewards Endorsements now provide, which are significant but few.

Endorsement Levels and Rewards

Receive enough Endorsements, and you’ll eventually level up your ranking from the default of 1 to a current maximum of level 5. You’ll need several dozen to get from rank 1 to rank 2, and successive levels require more and more Endorsements to reach. How many per level is unclear, but it’s not a small number.

Even ranking up a few times is valuable, as the rewards you receive increase considerably. Sometimes, when you endorse someone or they endorse you, both of you will receive a few points of Battle Pass experience.

The amount you get depends on your rank; the higher your rank, the greater the reward. With the Battle Pass requiring so much experience to progress, these bonus points, infrequent though they may seem, can be the boost you need to reach the next Pass tier without needing to play another match.

On the softer side, having a higher Endorsement rank makes you more liable to not only be endorsed by other players but also can help you form ad-hoc teams with the random players you encounter. Most people tend to leave without a word, but if you do a little socializing with your teammates and they see a higher Endorsement rank next to your name, they could be more likely to team with you or even become a long-time teammate.

How to Get More Endorsements

Overwatch 2 is a team game where few players can hard carry a team without some kind of support from their fellows. It can therefore be tempting to play with friends you know and trust. The game is probably best enjoyed that way, is playing almost any multiplayer title with people you care about is a much better experience.

If farming Endorsements is your goal, however, there are a couple of things you can do to maximize your gains.

  • Only Play alone or with a single friend. Enough players are playing Overwatch 2 that you can almost guarantee a chance at Endorsements if you play with randoms in Quick Play. Being on your own also keeps you from being limited by your friends list, maximizing your opportunities to be endorsed.

  • Be an effective Support. Support heroes rarely get Play of the Game, and the role doesn’t carry the same prestige as a quality DPS or Tank. However, if you’re even serviceable at healing and otherwise keeping your team alive, your more aggressive teammates will thank you for it.

  • Endorse others. You won’t level up your own Endorsement rank by helping others. However, giving them out either because you said you would in-game chat or because you genuinely mean to after a match is good practice and could remind other players that the system exists, pushing them to give out Endorsements of their own.

That’s about everything you need to know about Endorsements in Overwatch 2. The system is significantly more straightforward than it was in the original game, though this is primarily the case due to the game’s horrid monetization. For more on Overwatch 2, including how to play the Support hero Moira, check out our other Overwatch 2 guides.

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Overwatch 2 Review: More of the Same https://www.gameskinny.com/jpqb1/overwatch-2-review-more-of-the-same https://www.gameskinny.com/jpqb1/overwatch-2-review-more-of-the-same Mon, 17 Oct 2022 13:28:03 -0400 John Schutt

Trying to review Overwatch 2 feels like cheating at the ol' reviewing game. You can count the number of significant changes between the sequel and its predecessor on two hands, and while the updates here are large enough, the core is the same as it was in 2016.

The joke that this is Overwatch 1.5 or some other fractional number is truer than we'd hoped, but that's not always bad.

At the center of Overwatch 2's design philosophy is its vast roster of unique characters, all of whom play differently and fill different roles, even within their specific niche.

No two DPS heroes play the same, with the likes of Soldier 76 requiring a completely different playstyle than Sombra or Genji, or any of the other dozen or so heroes in the class. That doesn't account for the differences between a DPS and a Tank, a Tank and a Support, and so on.

In short, there is something for every kind of player in Overwatch 2 — within a few limitations. Better still, you can be a credit to your team using almost any hero in the roster, though some are leagues better than others.

Blizzard's changes during the first Overwatch's tenure are still here. Some other heroes have received additional tuning to make them either more viable, more active, or simply to upend how they play at a base level. It's mind-boggling that Blizzard was able to keep everything balanced as well as it has, especially with the addition of the three new heroes in Sojourn, Junker Queen, and Kiriko.

It's more impressive that these three characters are so different from the others in their class and yet are viable — even essential — at most levels of play. Sojourn, in particular, is a monster at the higher skill tiers. Kiriko and Junker Queen don't get as much play in the Master and Grandmaster-level lobbies, but both can be terrifying in the right hands.

The returning heroes that didn't receive significant updates are as effective as you remember them. If you're new to the series with Overwatch 2, you'll quickly learn the likes of Genji, Ana, Winston, Zenyatta, and D.Va remain at the top of their game. Veteran players returning after a hiatus will find these characters play much as they remember them, and newcomers will quickly learn to fear players who can use them well.

Those heroes who saw reworks — Bastion, Doomfist, Torbjorn, and Orisa, among others — are a mixed bag. Bastion and Torbjorn, for instance, are currently disabled due to bugs, but the changes made to their mechanics have made them more mobile and overall more effective in battle.

Orisa is a menace in the right hands, capable of out-damaging even the best DPS characters while still mitigating thousands of points of incoming damage. Doomfist has been sent to the trash by the community's estimation, where many believe he should stay.

Considering there are 35 heroes available to play, the majority of them are viable in almost any situation, which is a testament to the skill and care Blizzard gave and gives to the game. While there aren't many new additions, the ones on offer are all great fun to play and fill a somehow unfilled niche within their respective classes.

Like the hero roster, most of the maps in Overwatch 2 return from the first game. In fact, the old maps have received no updates to speak of save the time of day when the fighting takes place. That's probably fine, as the maps in the original Overwatch were excellent, so there's no real reason to change them.

The new maps are split between two modes: Payload, a classic attack and defense mode, and Push, where two teams fight over control over a robot that pushes a barrier to either team's base.

The Payload maps — Paraiso, Midtown, and Circuit Royal — are good, but they lack some nuances of the original game's offerings. Where levels like Watchpoint: Gibraltar and Eichenwalde offer plenty of gameplay variety, the options introduced in Overwatch 2 are more straightforward, with fewer ways to get around and engage with the game's mechanics.

Push as a game mode is a fun idea, but in practice, it comes off as sluggish and far less fun than either zone control or Payload. There are two factors causing this: the movement of the objective away from spawn and the concentration of fights around the robot.

In Push, you have two spawns: your default and a forward position once you push the robot past a certain point. You'll lose access to the forward spawn if the enemy pushes back beyond that same point, forcing your team on the back foot. As a result of this back and forth, you'll spend half of your time getting back to the fight than actually fighting.

Fights around the robot are somehow even more hectic than in Payload or zone control, with not only a smaller space around the objective but also a tighter environment in general.

There aren't nearly as many open areas with longer sightlines or hiding places, making certain heroes less effective than they would be in other modes. Some parts of the map are even optional, in the sense that they aren't on the robot's path, offering flanking routes and places to catch your breath, but that you'll be less likely to use given how out-of-the-way they can be.

All that said, the good maps are good enough that playing on the bad ones sometimes doesn't bother as much. The only real issue is how heavily Push maps are weighted compared to the others, meaning you'll play them more often than you'd like.

Overwatch 2 Review — The Bottom Line

Pros

  • Well-designed shooter mechanics.
  • Tons of gameplay variety across the many heroes.
  • Great level design.

Cons

  • Horrid monetization systems.
  • Not enough new content.
  • Buggy and unfinished.

Overwatch 2, on launch, is a PvP-only free-to-play live service game. There is a PvE mode on the way come Halloween 2022, but anything else is up in the air. Being free, it needs some way to make its money back and seems to have taken the worst possible route. The battle pass and real money shop prices for new and old skins are just this side of exorbitant, and leveling the pass is a slog unless you play every day for at least a few hours.

Things are so predatory and hard — or impossible — to earn in-game that players have asked for the loot box system to return. Given that the original Overwatch went a long way toward popularizing loot boxes on the broader market, having the community ask for their return is a testament to how bad things are.

Sadly, there's not much more to say about Overwatch 2. It's a fun shooter with great gameplay variety, solid map design, and well-designed mechanics, but the same could be said for the original game, which no longer exists. The new iteration is less than a sequel and more a payment model transition that comes with a few new characters and maps. Was all the hullabaloo surrounding this "sequel" necessary? No, and the fact it was marketed as such is frustrating, at the least.

Is Overwatch 2 a good game, though? Yes, and one you should play if you enjoyed the first outing. However, we don't recommend spending a cent on it, especially if you played the original. If you're new, we still don't recommend spending anything if you can help it. There's nothing here worth the cost.

[Note: The free-to-play version of Overwatch 2 was used to write this review.]

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Overwatch 2 Highlights Location https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g8e/overwatch-2-highlights-location https://www.gameskinny.com/i2g8e/overwatch-2-highlights-location Mon, 17 Oct 2022 09:17:41 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Blizzard introduced a new highlights feature in Overwatch 2, which allows players to record and save their best gameplay moments, to then share online should they so choose.

Our guide will show you the exact highlights location in Overwatch 2, as well as provide you with tips on how to change where highlights are saved.

How to Watch Highlights in Overwatch 2

All of your daily highlights can be found in the designated Overwatch 2 menu, where you can rewatch your top five best moments of the day.

You can watch them by following these steps:

  1. Go to the main menu.
  2. Select "Career Profile" menu.
  3. Go to "History" tab.
  4. Select "Highlights" option.
  5. Press "View Highlight" on a desired video.

Here you can find all of your saved highlights, which can be instantly played for your pleasure.

Highlights Location Folder

Watching Overwatch 2 highlights is great, but what if you want to share them with your friends online? Fortunately, the videos can be saved in the same menu as before:

  1. Right-click on the video of your choice.
  2. Click on "SAVE" button.
  3. Adjust quality settings in the new window.

Once the video is saved, you can find it on your hard drive at the following location:

  1. Click on "My Computer" icon or press the "Start" button.
  2. Go to "Documents" folder.
  3. Go to "Overwatch" folder.

The videos can be found in the "Videos" sub folder in the format you've chosen during the save process before.

How to Change Highlights Location

By default, Overwatch 2 saves all your videos in the following path on your PC: C:\Users\[PROFILE]\Documents\Overwatch\videos\overwatch.

But you can change this location, if it doesn't suit you, by following these steps:

  1. Go to "\Documents\Overwatch\Settings\" folder.
  2. Right-click on "Settings_v0.ini" file.
  3. Select "Open with Notepad" option.
  4. Search the following line in the text: [MovieExport.1]
  5. Add the following line right under it: VideoPath = " "

Type in the desired path between the brackets, and save and exit the file. After that all your highlights will be automatically saved in the new directory.

Related guides

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Overwatch 2: How to Get Golden Weapons https://www.gameskinny.com/r0vmo/overwatch-2-how-to-get-golden-weapons https://www.gameskinny.com/r0vmo/overwatch-2-how-to-get-golden-weapons Mon, 17 Oct 2022 11:46:01 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Not only heroes can change appearance in Overwatch 2, but also their weapons. Blizzard offers a golden version of each weapon in the game, which can be purchased with one of the four available in-game currencies.

Our guide will provide you with tips on how to get golden weapons in Overwatch 2.

Unlock Competitive Play

New Overwatch 2 players will have to unlock a Competitive Play mode in order to start earning Competitive Points (CP), which is the only eligible in-game currency that allows you to purchase golden weapons.

In order to unlock Competitive Play new players need to win 50 match-ups in the Quick Play mode, which can seem grindy but isn't totally crazy.

The returning Overwatch players will have Competitive Play already unlocked, if they managed to reach at least Level 25 in the first game.

Each match-up in the Competitive mode will bring the following results:

  • 1 Win = 15 CP
  • 1 Draw = 5 CP

As you see, if you lose a ranked match-up, you will not earn anything, so try to win as many as you can, since you need 3,000 CP to unlock just one golden weapon. This means that you need to win 200 ranked match-ups in order to earn the required amount for just a single weapon.

Fortunately, Blizzard also rewards Competitive players with bonus earnings at the end of the season depending on your rankings:

  • Grandmaster rank (Top 500) = 1,750 CP
  • Master rank = 1,200 CP
  • Diamond rank = 750 CP
  • Platinum rank = 500 CP
  • Gold rank = 250 CP
  • Silver rank = 125 CP
  • Bronze rank = 65 CP

Purchase Golden Weapons

Once you've been able to accumulate 3,000 CP, you can purchase one golden weapon by following these steps:

  1. Go to the main menu.
  2. Select "Heroes" menu and choose a hero.
  3. Go to "Weapons" tab.
  4. Select "Golden" version.
  5. Press "Purchase" to confirm.

You can repeat this for any and all weapons in the game, since all of them have golden versions.

Related guides

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Overwatch 2: How to Get Skins https://www.gameskinny.com/3st9d/overwatch-2-how-to-get-skins https://www.gameskinny.com/3st9d/overwatch-2-how-to-get-skins Fri, 14 Oct 2022 08:39:48 -0400 Serhii Patskan

There are a ton of skins to get across Overwatch 2's 35 hero roster, some being available through the Battle Pass and others obtainable with the game's currencies.

Our guide will provide you with tips on how to get skins in Overwatch 2, including tips on how to transfer skins from the first game. You will also find a list of all new Overwatch 2 skins in the end.

How to Get Skins

Currently, all Overwatch 2 players have access to five types of skins in the "Heroes" menu by selecting "Skins" tab, including:

  • Default skins (White)
  • Rare skins (Blue)
  • Epic skins (Purple)
  • Legendary skins (Gold)
  • Mythic skins (Multicolor)

The default Overwatch and Overwatch 2 skins are available to all players for free, but note that there is only one Mythic skin designed for Genji, titled "Cyber Demon", which can be unlocked at Tier 80 in Season One Battle Pass. A few other skins can be obtained only by reaching a certain tier as well.

All other types of skins can be purchased for one of the four in-game currencies:

  • Overwatch Coins (Gold)
  • Legacy Credits (White)
  • Competitive (Purple)
  • Tokens (Blue)

Overwatch Coins is the main currency in the game that allows you to purchase most of the new skins. It can be earned by either completing seasonal Battle Pass challenges, or by purchasing them with real money.

Legacy Credits consist of your earnings from the first Overwatch game, and can be used to purchase some old Overwatch skins, which will be available in Overwatch 2 as well. These credits transfer automatically if you use the same Battle.net account as before.

Competitive currency can be earned only by playing in the Ranked Competitive mode. This currency is used for turning your weapons into their golden versions.

Tokens are designed specifically for purchasing League skins and cosmetics. This currency can be earned by watching League matches on Twitch, or by purchasing them with real money.

How to Transfer Skins

If you play Overwatch exclusively on PC, then you will see that all your old skins are transferred automatically to Overwatch 2, if you use the same account.

But if you play or want to play Overwatch 2 on your console, then here's what you need to do to be able to transfer all of your old skins:

  1. Log into your Battle.net account on PC.
  2. Go to "Connections" menu.
  3. Select platform that you wish to connect.
  4. Press "Connect" to confirm.
  5. Press "Continue" to begin the process.
  6. Press "Continue" again once the system detects your gamer tag.
  7. Wait for "Connection Successful!" screen to appear.

Once this is done, you need to start your console and do the following:

  1. Start Overwatch 2 on your console.
  2. Press "Continue" at the "Cross Progression is Here" screen.
  3. Press "Confirm Account" to confirm your account for merge.
  4. Wait for "Your account has been merged!" message to appear.

The entire process after that will take a few hours. You can check the merge queue status in the "Account Merge" menu.

All New Overwatch 2 Skins and Prices

Season One Battle Pass Skins

The following skins can be unlocked once you achieve a certain tier during Season One Battle Pass:

  • D.va (Tier 1): EDM skin (Epic)
  • Winston (Tier 10): Tactical skin (Epic)
  • Kiriko (Tier 20): Hinotori skin (Legendary)
  • Sojourn (Tier 30): Commando skin (Legendary)
  • Junker Queen (Tier 40): Beast Hunter skin (Epic)
  • Mercy (Tier 50): Miko skin (Legendary)
  • Pharah (Tier 60): Sky Centurion skin (Legendary)
  • Cassidy (Tier 70): Forest Ranger skin (Epic)
  • Genji (Tier 80): Cyber Demon skin (Mythic)

Three more new skins can be obtained by purchasing the following packs:

Junker Queen Skins
  • Circuit Breaker (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Wastelander (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Punker Queen (Epic): 1,000 coins.
  • Actinium (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Plutonium (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Radium (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Uranium (Rare): 300 coins.
Sojourn Skins
  • Troop Commander (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Captain Chase (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Runner (Epic): 1,000 coins.
  • Borealis (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Prairie (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Tundra (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Woodland (Rare): 300 coins.
Kiriko Skins
  • Athleisure (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Sukajan (Legendary): 1,900 coins.
  • Matsuri (Epic): 1,000 coins.
  • Ajisai (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Fuji (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Take (Rare): 300 coins.
  • Tanpopo (Rare): 300 coins.

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How to Change Crosshair in Overwatch 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/p8x92/how-to-change-crosshair-in-overwatch-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/p8x92/how-to-change-crosshair-in-overwatch-2 Thu, 13 Oct 2022 08:22:42 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Regardless of your chosen role in Overwatch 2, having a proper aim is one of the most basic elements of a successful match-up. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices of crosshairs in the game, including a vast array of advanced settings.

Our guide will show you how to change crosshair in Overwatch 2, as well as provide you with tips on the best crosshairs for competitive play.

How to Change Crosshair

Changing a crosshair or reticle is quite simple in Overwatch 2, if you follow these steps:

  1. Go to the main menu.
  2. Select "Options" sub menu.
  3. Go to "Controls" tab.
  4. Crosshair can be changed under the "Reticle" section.

There you will find the following options in the "Reticle" section:

  • Default.
  • Circle.
  • Crosshairs.
  • Circle and Crosshairs.
  • Dot.

You can also assign individual crosshairs to each hero by clicking on the hero portrait in the same menu.

Best Crosshairs

If you press the "Advanced" button in the same "Reticle" section, you will also be presented with a number of additional settings. These settings specifically allow you to adjust your crosshairs individually for the best effect.

Of course, each and every player has their own specific ideas about the best reticle, but here are some tips on how to create the most effective crosshairs in Overwatch 2.

Out of all five basic options, the best one is option three "Crosshairs", since a simple circle or dot will not guarantee effective aiming.

Once you've chosen "Crosshairs", adjust the following settings:

  1. Show Accuracy: ON.
  2. Color: Blue or Green (or any other bright color).
  3. Thickness: 1.
  4. Crosshair Length: 7-10.
  5. Center Gap: 5-10.
  6. Opacity: 100%.
  7. Outline Opacity: 100%.
  8. Dot Size: 3-7.
  9. Dot Opacity: 100%.
  10. Scale with Resolution: ON.

Some players also prefer to disable resolution scaling, so try out both methods to see which one fits you personally the best.

Related guides

That's all you need to know on how to change crosshair in Overwatch 2. Also, be sure to check out the rest of Overwatch 2 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

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Overwatch 2: Moira Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/h7vhs/overwatch-2-moira-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/h7vhs/overwatch-2-moira-guide Mon, 10 Oct 2022 15:52:47 -0400 John Schutt

Moira was one of the most versatile Support heroes in the original Overwatch and is even more useful in Overwatch 2, with the likes of Brigitte seeing her overall effectiveness nerfed. Moira isn't a DPS monster like Zenyatta can be, and she's not as immediately effective as a hero like Mercy. However, her survivability, maneuverability, and all-around solid kit make her one of the better Support heroes on offer, especially when you play to her strengths.

This Overwatch 2 guide will cover Moira's abilities and strategies to help you make the most of her skills and abilities on the battlefield. Moira isn't a frontline fighter, but she should always be a part of the action and, with the right team, can be an incredibly aggressive and hard-to-kill hero who can cause chaos without too much fear of reprisal.

Moira's Abilities and How to Use Them

Moira's kit is one of the more complicated Support setups, and using it effectively is about as complex. We'll go over all of her abilities below, helping you pinpoint where they're best used. 

Moira is most effective when she's in the heat of battle, swapping between sending out damaging Biotic Orbs, healing with her Biotic Grasp, and vice versa. The best Moira players will also know when to prioritize pure damage and pure healing and have the awareness to escape with Fade at the last possible second.

Basic Attack: Biotic Grasp

Moira's Biotic Grasp gives her primary fire a short-range spray of yellow healing mist, restoring 70 HP per second. Her secondary fire drains 50 HP per second from enemies out to a medium distance, healing her and refilling her primary fire bar.

You can use her healing mist for about six or seven seconds before it's empty, but spacing out its use can extend the duration almost indefinitely. The ability is usable as long as you have the bar to do so, and as long as you don't completely waste it, it will automatically begin to refill the instant you stop using it.

Biotic Grasp's secondary fire has no cooldown or bar to manage, but you cannot heal your teammates while it's active. If you're confident in your second Support's ability to keep your team topped off for a little while, use the secondary fire to deal extra damage and refresh your primary fire. The attack tracks the enemy closest to the center of your screen and doesn't require good aim to use properly, meaning you can dodge, jump, and otherwise avoid taking any damage of your own.

How to Use Biotic Grasp

Thanks to the healing portion of Biotic Grasp having such a limited gauge, you'll need to use it somewhat sparingly. When a fight begins, use about half of her healing gauge to keep your team topped off for the first few seconds, then swap to the damaging secondary fire.

In most cases, you'll only have three or four seconds to deal damage before you need to return to healing, so try to stay close to your teammates. The damaging beam goes through friendlies, so you don't need to see who you're attacking to affect them. However, you will want as much visibility as possible to focus on the largest threat, usually a DPS character.

Once you've spent a few seconds dealing damage, take quick stock of your team's status. Odds are at least a few of them will need immediate attention, and you should have the gauge to provide the healing they're probably asking for. Remember that your healing mist won't affect you, only your teammates, so exercise additional caution while using it. The mist does linger for a short period after it hits a target, so you don't need to heal a teammate completely with the ability itself.

Main Ability: Biotic Orb

Moira's most useful pair of abilities are the two Biotic Orbs she can summon: one that heals and one that deals damage. The yellow Orb heals 65 damage per second, to a maximum of 300. The purple Orb deals 50 damage per second, also to a maximum of 300. The Orbs shrink as they use their effects, disappearing entirely once spent.

When an Orb heals or harms an enemy, it will slow down significantly, and a tether will extend from the Orb to the affected target. These tethers can attach to as many targets as are nearby, though doing so drains the Orb much faster. Orbs also ricochet off of walls without losing any size, so if you need to send one halfway across the map, you can certainly do so.

You can only have one Orb active at a time, and once used, they last for seven seconds with an eight-second cooldown. There's no way to speed up the cooldown, so you need to be sure about which you want to use in a team fight.

How to Use Biotic Orbs

Moira's Biotic Orbs give her much more dynamic gameplay than her Biotic Grasp. Though they have a hefty cooldown, they allow you and your teammates a lot of freedom to maneuver and give you additional ways to pester your enemies with damage. There are two main uses for your healing Biotic Orb.

General Healing

The healing Orb is incredibly useful in the heat of a fight. If your teammates are separated or otherwise out of reach of your Grasp, sending out a healing Orb can reach them and let you concentrate on closer allies. Quickly sending out a yellow Orb can also supplement your Grasp and be the difference between winning an encounter and setting your team back significantly.

Provided your team is still standing after a fight, don't hesitate to use your healing Orb to finish topping off your teammates. That gives more time for your Grasp to recharge and is essentially a free group heal.

Escapeability

While the survival of your teammates should usually be your primary concern, you can't do anything for them while waiting to respawn, so there are times when your life is most important. Situations where you need to use the healing Biotic Orb to get away include:

  • Running from an Ultimate.
  • When you sense your team is losing an engagement.
  • If you overextend.
  • Your health drops below 60-75, and things don't calm down.
  • If you need to escape but Fade is on cooldown.

In a situation where you need to escape, do a quick 180, cast the healing Orb and follow alongside it, ducking behind cover when possible. You may not always have an Orb available, so you need to use your damage version smartly.

Using the Damage Biotic Orb

There are also two primary uses for the damage Orb: additional damage and chase. The ability doesn't do enough damage fast enough for that to be its primary usage but combined with better damage sources in a team fight or as a way to chase down weak opponents, it's quite effective.

Supplemental Damage and Harassment

If your team is generally out of danger, or you're preparing for a fight, sending out a damaging Orb can go a good way toward softening up the opposition or at least giving them something to try and avoid. In many cases, players will break formation to get out of the Orb's way.

Aim the Orb into small, closed-off areas where it can bounce around, but don't be afraid to send it into open spaces, either. Even tickling your opponents a little bit will signal enemy Support players that something is coming, and you have the opportunity to draw their attention away from the frontline fighters to make sure everyone else is healthy.

Using the damage Orb in the middle of a fight is riskier, as you lose access to supplemental healing, but if your Biotic Grasp is charged and you're comfortable spending it, a purple Orb can go a long way.

If you catch a low-health player separated from their team and you're confident you can finish them, don't be afraid to chase them down with Grasp's secondary fire and a damage Orb in their direction to help end the fight quicker.

Movement Ability: Fade

Using Fade turns Moira invisible and invincible for one second and significantly increases her movement speed, giving you the ability to escape from almost any situation and return friendly lines. It's also an excellent way to catch up to other speedy characters. If they're weak and you feel confident, you can take them out with Biotic Grasp.

Fade has a six-second cooldown, so using it offensively can put you in a rough spot if you overextend, but it's almost peerless as a defensive tool. Interestingly, the speed boost also applies to your jumping momentum, so if you need to get back to the front lines fast, use Fade and jump just before the ability ends to launch yourself through the air. Doing so nearly doubles the distance you'll travel, though any small wall or other obstacles will stop you cold.

Ultimate Ability: Coalescence

Moira's Ultimate combines her two Biotic Orbs into a single, long-range beam attack that heals any ally and damages any enemy within its line of effect. Coalescence deals 140 damage per second to enemies and heals 70 health per second to both Moira and her affected allies. The ultimate lasts eight seconds, and you have full movement speed for the duration, making it one of the longer-lasting and more mobile Ultimate abilities in Overwatch 2.

How to Use Coalescence

As with most Support Ultimate abilities, you'll want to save Coalescence for the inevitable trade of Ultimates a few minutes into a match. You will, however, want to wait a bit before using it to see how the early part of the fight plays out. Moira's abilities are better suited for mid-fight usages than Lucio's, Briggite's, or Ana's. After the initial exchange, it's probably time to unleash Coalescence.

Position yourself behind or near your teammates but aim at the enemy to get the most out of the ability. Your job is to keep ailing allies up for the remainder of the fight while helping them deal with any remaining opponents.

You can start a team fight yourself with Coalescence, as most Ultimate trades begin when one team initiates, but remember you only have eight seconds to heal and deal as much damage as possible. If the enemy delays their ability usage, your Ultimate could be wasted.

Moira is a complicated character, and using her effectively can sometimes be difficult. Hopefully, the tips presented in this guide help you take your play to the next level and provide your teammates with a solid Support they can trust. Check out our Overwatch 2 guides hub for more content.

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Overwatch 2: Competitive Guide — How to Unlock, Ranks, and Points https://www.gameskinny.com/e7dng/overwatch-2-competitive-guide-how-to-unlock-ranks-and-points https://www.gameskinny.com/e7dng/overwatch-2-competitive-guide-how-to-unlock-ranks-and-points Mon, 10 Oct 2022 09:44:02 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

Overwatch 2 has changed how its Competitive mode works. Now that Overwatch 2 has overcome some of its launch issues with the Account Merge queue, Overwatch veterans should be able to launch right into the new ranked options as soon as they boot the game up. 

For Overwatch 2, Blizzard has prioritized new players by creating a First Time User Experience (FTUE) that helps ease newcomers into the game. The game's heroes and modes will slowly unlock as you play more matches. This includes the ranked Competitive modes, which are not unlocked from the start. 

Competitive Mode in Overwatch 2 currently has two separate matchmaking options, one for open queue and one for role queue. Each mode has its own ranks and progression. 

How to Unlock Competitive Modes

If you're new to Overwatch, you are going to have to win 50 quick play games in order to unlock the Competitive mode option in the match menu.

In fact, regardless of your Overwatch 1 ownership status you will have to have won 50 games to qualify for ranked played. However, Overwatch 2 takes into account all Overwatch games played so if you put in the time to level up in ranked play in the original game you will most likely be able to jump right into Competitive from the get-go in Overwatch 2

How to Earn Overwatch 2 Competitive Ranks

Ranking works a bit differently in Overwatch 2 than it has in previous iterations of the shooter. In Overwatch 2, you get your rank only after reaching either seven wins or 20 losses. The rank will update either every seven wins or every 20 losses, making it a bit more of a longview approach than the match-to-match rank changes of old Overwatch. 

The first placement will determine your starting rank and you will climb and descend the tree from there. Each rank has five divisions you will need to ascend to reach the next division, so placing higher in the early matches is a net benefit. You will need to put in some time to climb all seven ranks in Overwatch 2. 

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Master
  • Grandmaster

How to Earn Overwatch 2 Competitive Points 

You earn Competitive Points by completing and winning ranked games as well as by completing Competitive Challenges from the Challenge list. You will earn 15 CP for a win and 5 CP for a draw.

These Competitive Points (CP) can be spent on Golden Weapon Skins for your favorite Heroes. You also earn large sums of CP by reaching new ranks in Competitive. The rewards for reaching the tiers are as follows: 

  • Bronze: 65 CP
  • Silver: 125 CP
  • Gold: 250 CP
  • Platinum: 500 CP
  • Diamond: 750 CP
  • Master: 1,200 CP
  • Grandmaster: 1,750 CP

And that's just about everything you need to know about how Competitive Mode works in Overwatch 2 season one. For more on Overwatch 2 visit our guides hub containing all the news and guides on Blizzard's latest sequel. 

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Overwatch 2: How to Unlock All Heroes https://www.gameskinny.com/1imj0/overwatch-2-how-to-unlock-all-heroes https://www.gameskinny.com/1imj0/overwatch-2-how-to-unlock-all-heroes Fri, 07 Oct 2022 14:45:15 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

Between three categories of heroes — Tank, Damage, and Support —there are 35 characters in Overwatch 2. But not all of them are unlocked from the start. If you are a new player and didn't play the original Overwatch, only 15 are available when you first start up the game. To unlock the remaining 20 characters, you'll need to put in some time

Fortunately, Overwatch 2 doesn't make it very difficult to unlock characters and gives you new heroes at a consistent clip. Plus, if you owned the original Overwatch, Blizzard has said you will not have to unlock characters; except one, all will be unlocked by default upon logging in. If Account Merge is broken for you, or you are stuck in the queue, you may have to wait until those issues are fixed to receive access to all the game's heroes. 

To unlock most the heroes you knew from the original Overwatch, you have to play and win matches. This is what Blizzard is calling the First Time User Experience (FTUE). To work your way through the entire FTUE, you'll have to play a maximum of 150 unranked games. The catch is that winning games counts as two completed games, so it will likely average out closer to 100 unranked matches

How to Get All Characters

  • Genji (Damage)
    • Complete 1 match.
  • D.VA (Tank)
    • Complete 2 matches.
  • Cassidy (Damage)
    • Complete 3 matches. 
  • Ana (Support)
    • Complete 4 matches. 
  • Hanzo (Damage) 
    • Complete 9 matches.
  • Junkrat (Damage)
    • Complete 12 matches.
  • Roadhog (Tank)
    • Complete 15 matches. 
  • Symmetra (Damage)
    • Complete 20 matches.
  • Zenyatta (Support)
    • Complete 25 matches.
  • Bastion (Damage)
    • Complete 30 matches. 
  • Sigma (Tank) 
    • Complete 40 matches.
  • Ashe (Damage)
    • Complete 50 matches.
  • Brigitte (Support)
    • Complete 60 matches.
  • Mei (Damage)
    • Complete 70 matches.
  • Doomfist (Tank)
    • Complete 85 matches.
  • Baptiste (Support)
    • Complete 100 matches.
  • Sombra (Damage)
    • Complete 115 matches.
  • Wrecking Ball (Tank) 
    • Complete 130 matches.
  • Echo (Damage)
    • Complete 150 matches. 

How to Unlock Sojourn and Junker Queen

Sojourn and Junker Queen are not unlocked via the FTUE, but if you log into Overwatch 2 before December 5, you'll be given both Sojourn and Junker Queen for free. Any player, regardless of if you owned Overwatch 1 or not, will unlock these two heroes as long as they log into Overwatch 2 before the end of the first season and complete the tutorial. After the season ends on Dec 5, these characters will need to be purchased to be unlocked... that is, unless you owned the first Overwatch. 

Players of Overwatch 1 have an entire other season to log in to and redeem Sojourn and Junker Queen. Since both Heroes come in the Overwatch 2 Founder's Pack, players have until Season 2 ends to reedem them. As long as you open and log in to the game before February 2023, you'll be able to redeem the Founder's Pack for Sojourn and Junker Queen.

How to Unlock Kiriko 

The new Support Hero Kiriko is the only new character that is truly locked away. In order to unlock her, you either need to reach Level 55 in the base Battle Pass or pay 1,000 Coins (equivalent of $9.99 USD + tax) for the Premium Battle Pass. When you purchase the Premium upgrade, Kiriko will be one of the perks that immediately unlocks. If you don't want to pay this premium, you'll have to put a good number of hours into Overwatch 2 before unlocking Kiriko.

There is a third way to unlock Kiriko: having owned Overwatch 1 and redeem the Founder's Pack. As long as you meet this requirement and logged on to Overwatch 2 before June 23, 2022, at 11 am PDT, you should have received the game's newest character.

That's how you unlock all of the current characters and heroes in Blizzard's shooter sequel. For anything else on how to play Overwatch 2 or navigate its nasty error messages, check out our guides hub for the game.

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Overwatch 2: Best Characters Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/sez4x/overwatch-2-best-characters-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/sez4x/overwatch-2-best-characters-tier-list Fri, 07 Oct 2022 15:33:15 -0400 Serhii Patskan

With all the nerfs and buffs, as well as the addition of three new characters, it was evident from day one that the Overwatch 2 meta would be different than the original game's. Some of the old names are still impacting the meta-game considerably, but others have proven to be less useful.

Our tier list guide will provide you with only the best characters in Overwatch 2, including info about all the ability and stat changes for each corresponding hero.

S-Tier Characters

Kiriko

  • Class Type: Support.

Is the new support hero any good? You bet. She's actually so good that she immediately shot to the top of most players' lists.

Kiriko's best ability is Protection Suzu, which not only heals all affected allies but also makes them invincible for a short span of time, removing all of their negative status effects. It is a great tool to protect yourself and your allies from devastating ultimates.

Her other ability, Swift Step, is probably even more important, as it allows Kiriko to quickly teleport to a chosen ally and heal them instantly, saving them from defeat. What's really special about this ability is that you can move through walls and obstacles while using it.

Here's how to unlock Kiriko

Genji

  • Class Type: Damage.

Unlike most of the returning characters from the first game, Genji hasn't changed at all in terms of abilities in Overwatch 2.

Shurikens combined with fast mobility still make Genji one of the most formidable heroes to deal with. His Cyber-Agility allows him not only to sneak up on enemies and blast them with an endless array of stars but also to quickly avoid damage and traverse any map with ease.

But his best is the Swift Strike skill, which is perfect for demolishing a stacked group of enemies. The coolest part about this ability is that there is no cooldown if a target got killed, so you can use it right away over and over again.

A-Tier Characters

Lucio

  • Class Type: Support.

Lucio could have easily been placed well above Kiriko as the best support character, but Blizzard decided to significantly nerf his abilities.

His Crossfade Self-Heal Aura now heals only 6 HP instead of 12 HP per second as before, and his Sound Barrier now grants players overhealth instead of shields. Which one is better, overhealth or shields, is currently a matter of speculation among many players.

The rest of his skills stay the same, and most fortunately, his mobility hasn't been affected in any way, which still makes him one of the fastest characters in the game.

Soldier: 76

  • Class Type: Damage.

Soldier always had a reputation as one of the most well-balanced heroes in the Overwatch meta. Although he is still very good at damage, some of his weaponry has been nerfed in Overwatch 2.

His main Heavy Pulse Rifle now deals a little less damage: 18 instead of 20. But fortunately, the reload time stays the same. If you enjoyed using his Sprint ability to charge forward, now you have to slow down a bit from 50% to 40% of your base speed of movement.

On the positive side, now his Tactical Visor automatically aims for critical damage, which is a really nice bonus, though it no longer removes damage falloff.

Sigma

  • Class Type: Tank.

Many returning players may be surprised that Sigma is currently the toughest tank in the game.

His HP has been dramatically increased from 400 HP to 550 HP! On top of that, his Experimental Barrier now heals you much faster, at a rate of 100 HP/s instead of 80 HP/s in the first game.

But most importantly, his Accretion ability now deals 100 points of damage instead of 70, which is a significant buff. All these changes quickly made Sigma one of the best new heroes in Overwatch 2.

Zenyatta

  • Class Type: Support.

Zenyatta is a totally different type of support hero, as his abilities are mainly focused on buffing damage.

His Orb of Discord can be thrown at any opponent, increasing the damage they take by 25%. It's a good skill to combo with another damage ally. However, you need to keep the enemy in your sight at all times, otherwise, the orb will return to you in mere 2 seconds.

In Overwatch 2, Zenyatta also gets a brand-new passive skill Snap Kick, which increases melee damage by 50%, including a significant knockback. With the right team composition, Zenyatta can help you deal way more damage than without him.

B-Tier Characters

Ana

  • Class Type: Support.

Ana's Biotic Rifle is arguably the best weapon a support character can have, healing allies and damaging enemies. To the joy of all Ana mains, her rifle now has an increased magazine capacity of 15 darts instead of 12.

Unfortunately, the rest of her arsenal has been nerfed, such as Sleep Darts, which now have a cooldown of 15 seconds instead of 12, and her Biotic Grenade, which now lasts for 3 seconds instead of 4. At least the grenade still prevents enemies from healing, which has been its biggest upside.

Zarya

  • Class Type: Tank.

Zarya is another tank with boosted HP. Though not as much as Sigma, Zarya's HP went from 400 to 475 in Overwatch 2.

Her Particle Barrier and Projected Barrier now have a shared charge system, which saves you time if you want to use them in combination. Also, the duration of both barriers has been increased by 0.5 seconds.

On the other hand, her Graviton Surge ability now lasts 0.5 seconds shorter than before, but it should still be enough to pull all the enemies in the vicinity together.

Sojourn

  • Class Type: Damage.

Sojourn is another new character introduced in Overwatch 2. Although she is hard to master, once you get to know her abilities well, you will be able to execute one headshot after the other.

All of her power is focused in her Railgun weapon, which fires special projectiles that explode with energy on impact. But it can become truly effective only with the help of her Secondary Fire hitscan, which guarantees headshots and damage up to 130 points.

If you take time and learn how to use this weapon correctly, you'll know why she's a worthy hero.

Ashe

  • Class Type: Damage.

Everybody loves Ashe! She can be hard to master, just like Sojourn, but if you've been playing as her in the first game, then you should know just how good she can be.

Her biggest upside is, of course, her Viper rifle, which is both good at midrange and long-range damage.

The only ability of hers that got nerfed in the sequel is her B.O.B. sidekick, whose life pool has been decreased from 1,200 HP to 1,000 HP.

Cassidy

  • Class Type: Damage.

Cassidy has always been the "dark horse" of the Overwatch franchise. Although some of his abilities got buffed, he is still considered a very murky character, albeit quite strong in his own regard.

His Fan the Hammer weapon now has a higher rate of fire, and his Combat Roll reduces the damage he receives by 50%.

Also, his Deadeye skill now has a damage reduction of 40%, which is truly significant. So be sure to revisit this hero in your spare time.

Related guides

Those are the best characters in Overwatch 2. Also, be sure to check out the rest of Overwatch 2 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

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Overwatch 2: How to Fix the Not Launching Bug https://www.gameskinny.com/7sqbg/overwatch-2-how-to-fix-the-not-launching-bug https://www.gameskinny.com/7sqbg/overwatch-2-how-to-fix-the-not-launching-bug Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:12:22 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Overwatch 2 has had many problems since the release of the game, including server errors and game crashes. But what do you do if you can't even launch the game? Our guide will provide you with tips on how to fix the not launching bug in Overwatch 2.

Update Your Game

Blizzard is working hard on fixing any issues connected to Overwatch 2 not launching, so the first thing you should do is update your game. Follow these steps:

  1. Start the Battle.net app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Check for Updates" option.

If there are any new updates, the game will download and install them, fixing any issues.

Repair Your Game

It is also possible that your game is fully updated, but some of the system files may be corrupted. That's why you need to repair them by doing the following:

  1. Start the Battle.net app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Scan and Repair" option/
  5. Click on "Begin Scan".

This process may take a while, but be sure to wait until it is finished. There is a big chance that this will fix the corrupted files.

Reset In-Game Settings

Another reason why Overwatch 2 may not launch is incompatible in-game settings. You can reset them without starting the game:

  1. Start the Battle.net app.
  2. Select Overwatch 2 option from the list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel next to the Play button.
  4. Select "Game Settings" option.
  5. Click on "Reset In-Game Options".
  6. Confirm by pressing "Reset" button.
  7. Wait and press "Done" at the end.

After that, restart Battle.net and try to launch Overwatch 2 once again to see if this helped.

Update Your Graphics Card Drivers

Follow these instructions to update Nvidia graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest Nvidia graphics drivers from the official website.
  2. Start the installation process.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Follow these instructions to update ATI Radeon graphics drivers:

  1. Download the latest ATI Radeon graphics drivers from the official website.
  2. Start the installation process.
  3. Restart your PC when finished.

Turn off Antivirus and Firewall

Temporarily turn off your Windows Defender or any other third-party antivirus, and launch it back up once you're finished playing:

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Go to "Settings" tab.
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature.
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab.
  5. Select "Virus and Threat Protection" feature.
  6. Go to "Manage Settings" option.
  7. Set the real-time protection to OFF.

You may also temporarily disable the Windows firewall:

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Go to "Settings" tab.
  3. Select "Update and Security" feature.
  4. Go to "Windows Security" tab.
  5. Select "Firewall and Windows Protection" feature.
  6. Open "Windows Security" settings.
  7. Switch the Microsoft Defender Firewall option OFF.

Related guides

That's all you need to know on how the not launching bug in Overwatch 2. Also, be sure to check out the rest of Overwatch 2 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

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Overwatch 2: How to Fix Failed to Connect to Game Server https://www.gameskinny.com/sq92d/overwatch-2-how-to-fix-failed-to-connect-to-game-server https://www.gameskinny.com/sq92d/overwatch-2-how-to-fix-failed-to-connect-to-game-server Mon, 10 Oct 2022 09:40:41 -0400 Serhii Patskan

The release of Overwatch 2 has been shaky to say the least, as there are multiple reports of DDoS attacks on the Blizzard servers, which prevent players from connecting to game servers and logging in, showing the BC-153 error code.

Our guide will provide you with tips on how to fix failed to connect to game server bug in Overwatch 2.

Check the Overwatch Twitter for Notices

Blizzard is working hard on eliminating the massive server issues on their side, and the developer regularly posts new updates about the progress on this situation on the official Twitter page.

Be sure to check Battle.net support page for quick tips on how to fix various issues, including server connection errors.

In the last big report, Blizzard mentioned working on the issues of lengthy queues, server crashes and instability, and called them to be intertwined:

"Login queues, server crashes, and stability problems are intertwined.

We have made changes to simplify the queuing process, so players should now only be experiencing the one queue before entering the game.

We’ve patched a server that is critical to the login experience, and this change has increased login reliability.

Finally, the player database is being overloaded, which cascades and causes a backup in the login system, which eventually leads to some people being dropped out of queues or being unable to log in at all."

These problems are currently being worked on, so try to stay patient and soon this issue should be fixed.

If you have any specific problem to report, you can always open a support ticket for that purpose.

Related guides

That's all you need to know on how to fix failed to connect to game server bug in Overwatch 2. Also, be sure to check out the rest of Overwatch 2 tips and tricks articles on our dedicated hub page.

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Overwatch 2: How to Ping on Console and PC https://www.gameskinny.com/na2zg/overwatch-2-how-to-ping-on-console-and-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/na2zg/overwatch-2-how-to-ping-on-console-and-pc Wed, 05 Oct 2022 17:56:29 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

Ever since Apex Legends and other Battle Royale style games popularized the in-game ping system, it has become a staple in first-person shooters. In 2016, the first Overwatch didn't launch with the ability to ping enemies to your teammates, but when the Overwatch 2 beta launched earlier this year, it was revealed the game would include the mechanic.

Across the board, having a ping system with a variety of options has been a boon for multiplayer shooter players who don't want to voice chat with strangers. Overwatch 2's contextual ping will help you point out enemies and allies on your team, but it also gives way to more complex strategic options.

Overall, it seems the follow-up to Overwatch seems much better equipped to handle communication between players who are not voice chatting with one another. Here's how to use it on console and PC. 

Overwatch 2's Ping System Explained

There are two types of ping in Overwatch 2. You can send out a quick ping by tapping the button it is mapped to on your respective system. This contextual ping will identify a character as an enemy or ally if you mark them, or it will mark a location as one to watch if you want your teammates to pay attention to a specific chokepoint or objective. 

The default ping buttons on each platform are: 

  • PC 
    • Keyboard — G Key
    • Mouse – Middle mouse button
  • Console (PS4/PS5/Xbox/Switch) — Left D-Pad 

How to Remap the Ping Key

If you want to remap which key opens the ping menu, Overwatch 2 lets you do so in its options. Stick to the following steps to navigate through the game's settings menu and customize your ping key. 

  • Press start to go into the Options menu.
  • Select the Options (yes, options within options) tab.
  • Use your mouse or bumper to move over to Controls.
  • Scroll down to Communication and select it.
  • Scroll down for a bit and under the section entitled Additional. Communication until you find the setting for Ping in World.
  • From here, you can assign the ping to whichever key or button you prefer. 

If you've been running into server errors while playing Overwatch 2, you are not alone. If you're having trouble getting into games, check out these possible fixes for the issues plaguing Overwatch 2's launch so far. For anything else on Blizzard's latest hero shooter, visit our game guides hub for the title here.

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Overwatch 2: How to Set Up SMS Protect https://www.gameskinny.com/ll1jr/overwatch-2-how-to-set-up-sms-protect https://www.gameskinny.com/ll1jr/overwatch-2-how-to-set-up-sms-protect Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:34:53 -0400 Bryn Gelbart

The follow-up and replacement to Blizzard's massively popular hero shooter Overwatch is finally here. Overwatch 2 is the same as the original in many ways, but it makes some fundamental changes to the way accounts are handled. One of the controversial new requirements in Overwatch 2 is that players are required to register a phone number before they are allowed to play the game, with many wondering how to set up SMS protection because of that requirement. 

For one, if you played the first Overwatch on a console, you'll need to merge your account with a new or previously existing Battle.net account. That's where everything related to your Overwatch progression and characters will live. Due to the game requiring Battle.net access, it also requires you to set up SMS Protect on your account. Here's what that means and the best way to quickly complete the process. 

SMS Protect Explained

SMS Protect is Battle.net's way of attempting to keep games secure and cut down on cheating. By requiring a phone number to be linked to each Overwatch 2 player account, Blizzard can effectively prevent players from "smurfing" — or creating new accounts to play against lower-ranked players to gain an unfair advantage. 

SMS Protect and Prepaid Cell Phones

The unfortunate downside to Blizzard's Defense Matrix Initiative is that it prevents some people on prepaid cell phone plans from being able to play Overwatch 2 at all. Since the original game was shut down in favor of this sequel, there are no longer any other options for these potential users

Console Setup

If you're playing on console, you'll need to go to a web browser to set up SMS Protect. You must follow these steps to proceed and play Overwatch 2

  1. Go to Battle.net, and log in to your existing account or create a new one.
  2. Select your account name from the top navigation bar.
  3. From the dropdown menu, select Account Settings. This will send you to your Account Overview.
  4. From the navigation bar on the left side, pick Account Details.
  5. Scroll down to Add Phone Number; you'll be sent a security code to confirm your number. 
  6. Enter the code you receive in the on-screen box, and you'll be all set.

PC Setup

The process for PC players is slightly different, but not too much so: 

  • Log into the Battle.net application
  • Navigate to the Overwatch 2 page
  • Click Install on the bottom left of the page. 
  • Click Add a Phone Number in the pop-up box that appears.
  • You'll be automatically directed to Battle.net in your browser, with a new window opening. Select Continue. 
  • Add your phone number in the field. Select Continue. 
  • Enter the code sent to your phone. Select Continue. 
  • Close your browser when you see the Account Complete page. 
  • Return to your Battle.net application on your computer; you'll be able to start the installation process. 

That is everything you need to know about how to set up SMS Protect in Overwatch 2. Once you've set up your Battle.net account, you should be powered up and ready for the 5v5 tactical of Blizzard's latest. For more on the new Blizzard shooter, look no further than our hub page for the game, where we'll continually keep you up to date with the latest news, tips, and tricks. 

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Overwatch 2: Possible Fixes For Unexpected Server Error Occurred https://www.gameskinny.com/jj9uk/overwatch-2-possible-fixes-for-unexpected-server-error-occurred https://www.gameskinny.com/jj9uk/overwatch-2-possible-fixes-for-unexpected-server-error-occurred Wed, 05 Oct 2022 10:50:18 -0400 Serhii Patskan

Overwatch 2 is out now on various platforms, and because it's F2P, its servers are jammed with new and returning players alike. If you've tried to jump into the game at launch, you may have encountered the "Unexpected Server Error Occured" message, which kept you from logging in and taking part in the action. 

This Overwatch 2 guide will attempt to provide two possible fixes for the bug. However, these aren't guaranteed to work. Rest assured, though, that Blizzard is working to remedy the issues, and once the server problems get fixed in the coming days and weeks, you should have no problem connecting to the game.

Change Your Server Location

One of the first — and easiest  things you could do to get around the error message is to change the location of your server. All players have access to three types of server locations in Overwatch 2. Here's how you can change them:

On PC:

  1. Start Battle.net app.
  2. Select Overwatch tab.
  3. Select "Overwatch 2" game version.
  4. Click the "Globe" icon next to version selection.
  5. Switch to one of the three available servers:
    • Asia.
    • America.
    • Europe.

For example, if you typically play on the America's server, and you get the unexpected server error, then switch to either Asia or Europe, and try to connect once again. Keep in mind that this will change the playerbase you compete against. 

There is a large chance that one of these servers will let you in. Although you may also lose some of that latency speed, you will still get the chance to play Overwatch 2 early on.

Restart Your Internet Connection

Outside of the above option, this is always the go-to when you have connection issues. Simply restart your router, wait for it to reset, and try to reconnect to the Overwatch 2 servers (you may need to completely unplug your router, as well). PC players can also try to reboot their connection as an admin:

  1. Press the "Start" button.
  2. Type in "CMD" in the search bar.
  3. Start the command line app.
  4. Type in: ipconfig, and press Enter.
  5. Copy the IP address from the "Default Gateway" line.
  6. Paste the IP address into your internet browser and press Enter.
  7. Log in using "admin" as both your login and password.
  8. Go to "Management" tab.
  9. Press the "Reboot" button.

After the reboot, you can try to log in to the game; if there is no response or you continue to receive the error, wait for a bit and try again later. Unfortunately, that's about all you can do right now since the issue is more server-side than client-side. Hopefully, this "unexpected" error will get eliminated sooner rather than later. 

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Overwatch 2 Releases in October, Unveils Junker Queen https://www.gameskinny.com/rddau/overwatch-2-releases-in-october-unveils-junker-queen https://www.gameskinny.com/rddau/overwatch-2-releases-in-october-unveils-junker-queen Mon, 13 Jun 2022 16:19:37 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Blizzard announced over the weekend that Overwatch 2 finally has a release date. The team-based shooter will launch on October 4, 2022, for PC, PS4, Ps5, Xbox One, Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch. The news comes as part of the Xbox and Bethesda showcase during Summer Games Fest 2022. It coincides with the reveal of a brand-new tank: Junker Queen. 

Overwatch 2 will feature full cross-platform play and cross-progression, but perhaps most tantalizing is that it will be free-to-play. Currently, the base version of Overwatch retails for $19.99, with various other editions on platforms like PlayStation going for $59.99. 

As pointed out in a press release accompanying the announcement, Junker Queen moves fast, implementing a railgun and cybernetics. The video at the top of this article shows her in action. There's also mention of the game's new Push mode, "a symmetrical map type where teams battle to take control and advance a centrally located robot deeper into enemy territory than the opposing team."

Those interested in taking part in the Overwatch 2 beta can sign up right here. Blizzard said that they will share more information on the upcoming beta, as well as the game's "live service model and seasonal content," via a live stream on June 16, 2022, at 1 p.m. EDT. It can be viewed on the Overwatch YouTube channel or the Overwatch Twitch channel

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Blizzard Says BlizzCon 2021 Will Come "Early" Next Year https://www.gameskinny.com/wspsa/blizzard-says-blizzcon-2021-will-come-early-next-year https://www.gameskinny.com/wspsa/blizzard-says-blizzcon-2021-will-come-early-next-year Wed, 05 Aug 2020 15:40:29 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Following the news earlier this year that BlizzCon 2020 would be canceled in the wake of COVID-19, Blizzard have announced they will be holding next year's convention as an online-exclusive event.

Not only will BlizzCon 2021 be a virtual event, but it will be held earlier in the year. As confirmed by Blizzard President J. Allen Brack during this week's Activision Blizzard earnings call, the convention will be held in "the early part" of 2021.

Virtual BlizzCon tickets are nothing new to fans of the developer, with many of those unable to attend the convention in person instead buying virtual tickets. Aside from allowing fans to watch the con's many panels and announcements, virtual tickets also often come with goodies for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Blizzard's other titles.

The two biggest titles fans speculated Blizzard would show at BlizzCon this year were Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. With luck, the developer will be showing more of the two at BlizzCon 2021.

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Overwatch 2 to Bring PvE Story, New Characters, Maps, and Modes https://www.gameskinny.com/mdk8a/overwatch-2-to-bring-pve-story-new-characters-maps-and-modes https://www.gameskinny.com/mdk8a/overwatch-2-to-bring-pve-story-new-characters-maps-and-modes Fri, 01 Nov 2019 15:32:10 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Overwatch fans have felt a bit left behind for a while, but that may change with the announcement of Overwatch 2 at Blizzcon today.

Overwatch 2 will bring a whole new buffet to the table over the first game, with brand new PvE-centric content that's right, story content! Overwatch 2 will have a campaign for players to push through in co-op, and it will have Hero Missions which allow players to manually level their heroes and make them stronger a la' ARPGs.

The game will pack plenty of a PvP punch, though. A new Push PvP mode and new PvP maps are inbound, but that doesn't mean players of the current game will be pushed to the side.

Those who own the original Overwatch will be able to play with Overwatch 2 players on maps and with characters from the sequel. Not only that, but everything that players have unlocked in the original title will carry over to the sequel as well. That is not too shabby, and almost gives this a bit of an expansion vibe over a straight sequel.

The announcement of Overwatch 2 wasn't the biggest surprise, but Blizzard's approach to it being a sequel is. More about the game is sure to be announced over Blizzcon 2019.

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