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Overwatch’s 5th anniversary is here and fans are loving the new skins

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Overwatch is celebrating its fifth anniversary later this month, and as part of the big birthday bash the annual anniversary event has returned. As always there are new skins, and this time it’s Sombra, Moira, and Baptiste’s turn to receive hot new legendary looks. 

Sombra’s Black Cat skin has her with short purple hair, cat ears, and a little bell with a collar on it. Moira’s Venus skin puts her in a venus fly trap-inspired getup, with short green hair and a slightly vicious-looking flowery garb. 

By far my favourite—and seemingly the favourite of every other Overwatch player—is the new Funky Baptiste skin. The ’70s skin throws a lava lamp on his back, gives him an afro and a ‘GRVY’ belt.

It’s easily one of the nicest legendary skins in the game, with Redditors already drawing fan art of the skin and saying “I wish I was a Bap main.” People have also been pointing out the likeness between the skin and the classic 1971 movie Shaft, later remade in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson. All the skins seem to have distinct movie vibes, with Sombra giving off Catwoman and Moira feeling distinctly Poison Ivy-esque. 

Other new epic skins added with the event include Gladitor Doomfist and Junkfood Junkrat, and there’s also a trio of new epic skins that can be earned by completing weekly challenges. Playing nine games in Quick Play, Competitive, or the Arcade during each of the three weeks of the anniversary event will earn you a new player icon (one per week), squeezing in 18 per week will get you sprays, and managing 27 will get you the skins: Cybermedic Ana in week 1, Bird of Paradise Echo is week 2, and 8 Ball Wrecking Ball in week 3. Unlike the other new skins introduced for the event, the three epics are only available by completing the weekly challenges, so if you want them you’d best get to work.

Check ’em all out below:

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Aside from the new skins, each anniversary event sees all skins from all events unlocked and available to purchase with credits—the only exception being limited-time skins like all of the Overwatch League MVP skins and Breast Cancer Awareness Mercy. That means event skins like Halloween, Lunar New Year, and Summer Games are all up for grabs.

The Overwatch Anniversary Event is live now, and full details are up at playoverwatch.com. It’s going to be a good week for Overwatch fans, with an Overwatch 2 Q&A also taking place later this week. The Q&A should hopefully quell any worries fans have for the game’s future since Jeff Kaplan left Blizzard last month.

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