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Ranking Overwatch's New Summer Games 2017 Legendary Skins

August 12,2017 21:10

Earlier this week, I shelled out for my usual haul of 100 Overwatch loot boxes on day one of the latest event, which this time was the return of Summer Games. Thanks to the new loot drop system that heavily reduces duplicates, I managed to get all ...and more »



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Earlier this week, I shelled out for my usual haul of 100 Overwatch loot boxes on day one of the latest event, which this time was the return of Summer Games.
Thanks to the new loot drop system that heavily reduces duplicates, I managed to get all seven of the new Summer Games legendary skins on my first go without having to buy any with gold. That’s definitely a first, and I didn’t get a single duplicate legendary, new or old.
But after celebrating that fact, it’s time to take a look at these skins. There are seven, down from eleven in the Anniversary Event, and all are either rooted in sports or more general “summer fun.” Some of these skins are great, others not so much. I haven’t used all of them in combat yet, so they may do some fun things I’m not aware of, but here are my first impressions, ranked from my least favorite to the best.

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7. Reaper – Biker
This was teased as a spray last year, but I’m not really enamored with the final result. It’s a good enough representation of some sort of motocross suit I guess, but the helmet is odd and the coloring is pretty ugly. I do like his cape, though.

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6. Sombra – Tulum
This one was a little confusing to me, and feels more like an epic than legendary. Tulum is a location in Mexico, and it took a while for me to figure out this is a scuba/snorkeling outfit, not related to any particular sport (There’s a spray of Sombra high jumping, so I was a bit confused). It’s…fine, but not compared to the rest of these.

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5. Junkrat – Cricket
I do like this one, but there are more excited selections in the mix. Junkrat was due for a Legendary skin and using cricket balls as bombs in this kit is a solid concept and good execution. I thought Jeff Kaplan was joking about Roadhog not getting a skin, but sure enough, it’s just Junkrat.

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4. Widowmaker – Cote D’Azur
I know that many fans will be drooling over the concept of Widowmaker in a bikini, and it’s a good-looking skin to be sure, but not exactly revolutionary. She has a…really ugly tattoo on her leg, I was surprised to learn. But the whole kit works well and I know this will be one of the most sought after skins in the pool here.

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3. Mercy – Winged Victory
This one really doesn’t fit with the summer or sports theme, though I suppose tangentially as Nike was the Greek goddess of victory, which is the namesake of the famous sports brand. But the skin itself is beautiful, and I believe marks the first time we get to see Mercy as more or less a flat-out angel, feather wings and golden laurels and all. It’s a lovely skin, and the first one I pulled in the event.

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2. Soldier: 76 – Grillmaster: 76
Dad 76 is one of the best comedy skins in the game right now with sandal-socks, stocked cans of beer and his “A Salt Rifle.” The concept of 76 as a grumpy old dad has been an Overwatch meme for a while now, and the idea being brought to life in this skin is fantastic.

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1. McCree – Lifeguard
As a straight dude I’m supposed to put the Widow skin here I guess but DAMN. The skin works on both a hotness level and comedically too (his gun says “Desert Seagull), and I just love everything about it. The clear winner, in my eyes.
Now, what are we going to see next year?
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