Overwatch’s New Year event has kicked off today and this is the Year of the Dog. Not only is this event going to bring new loot, but it also brought along some changes to Capture the Flag.
There are over 50 new seasonal items to unlock. New legendary skins including Black Lily Widowmaker, Qinglong (Azure Dragon) Pharah, Xuanwu (Black Tortoise) Zarya, and Baihu (White Tiger) Genji and a couple more. Last years gear is also available at a discount. You can see these skins in the trailer below:
The latest map addition, Ayutthaya is for Capture the Flag only.
Lijiang Tower also received a festival face lift:
Capture the Flag Changes
Some significant adjustments have been made the CTF mode, starting with Flag pickup being instant. However, when a flag is dropped, players can’t pick it up for 5 seconds. Flags return after 4 seconds and the return is not interrupted when taking damage. Mobility and invulnerability moves will cause you to drop the flag. Sudden Death now breaks ties at the end of the match. When time runs out, the match starts over, with the flags being brought closer to the center of the map. The first team to capture, wins. These changes will apply to old Capture the Flag maps as well. Ohh, and one more thing, music plays while carrying the flag!
Along with these changes, Capture the Flag has now has an all new competitive mode. As usual it comes with placement matches, skill ratings tiers, leaderboards, competitive points, and more.
Also added today is the ability to change your Skins at the start of a match. The Lunar New Year Event starts today and ends on March 5th.