Seasonal Event | Lunar New Year 2018 - Skins, a New Map & More

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On 7 February, Blizzard has announced some new features.

Overwatch's Lunar New Year event - Year of the Dog - is now live. Among the updates is a new map based on Thailand and some new mechanics for Capture the Flag.

As if that wasn't enough, the game for this event is Capture the Flag, and there will be a competitive Capture the Flag mode with a brand new map, Ayutthaya. "One side of the map is ancient and shows a temple that's very, very gorgeous and the other side is bright and handsome and very modern".

"If two teams are tied at the end of time, what will happen is, both teams' flags are moved closer to the centre of the map, and then the map resumes at that point".

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And there's more! Picking up the flag has never been more hard. "Picking up the flag is instant, but if you use certain abilities and these abilities are limited to things that either give you invulnerability or give you great mobility, those abilities will drop the flag".

This means that the games will be fast paced and full of action, focusing on building a stronger offense.

There's also a whole new map designed specifically for the mode, but we'll get to that a bit later.

As with all Overwatch events, there are also Player Icons, Sprays and Voice Lines to be unlocked and collected. Widowmaker, Phara, Genji, McCree, Mercy, Zarya, Junkrat, D Va, Roadhog, Symmetra, Ana, Bastion, Mei, Zenyatta, Tracer, Winston, and Reinhardt will all be getting into the spirit of Chinese new year with some holiday themed skins. Moreover, Kaplan said that they add a new highlight intro for one of the heroes. So, log into the game and check out all the new content!

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