Overwatch Anniversary Brings Back Past Content

May 14, 2018Written by John Abrena

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May 22 marks the start of Overwatch’s anniversary. And during the duration of the event, past Brawls and cosmetics return for a limited time only!

Brawls are a unique set of rulesets for the game, which involves things like hero restrictions, ability cooldowns, map selections, and health pool adjustments. Past Brawls that might be available during the duration of the anniversary event include:

Ana Knows Best

Heroes available: Ana, Tank heroes (D.Va, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston, Zarya)

Was available as a Weekly Brawl when Ana was released.

Girl Power

Heroes available: Female heroes (Ana, D.Va, Mei, Mercy, Pharah, Symmetra, Tracer, Widowmaker, Zarya)

Was available as a Weekly Brawl.

Have Fun Storming The Castle

Maps available: Eichenwalde

No hero stacking

Was available as a Weekly Brawl when Eichenwalde was released.

Heads Up!

Heroes available: Genji, Hanzo, McCree, Widowmaker

Only headshots deal damage

Was available as a Weekly Brawl, but was never featured.

Mystery Heroes

On death, respawn as a random hero

Was available as a Weekly Brawl, is now an independent gamemode in the Arcade. See Mystery Heroes.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Heroes available: McCree, Reaper, Roadhog

Was available as a Weekly Brawl.

Charge!

Heroes Available: Reinhardt, Lúcio

Only one Lúcio per team

High Noon

Heroes Available: McCree

Highly Offensive

Heroes available: Offense heroes (Genji, McCree, Pharah, Reaper, Soldier: 76, Sombra, Tracer)

May have up to 2 of each hero per team

Justice Rains From Above

Heroes Available: Mercy, Pharah

25% Ability cooldowns

50% Ultimate Charge rate

MOBAwatch

No duplicate heroes per team

No switching hero during the match

One Shot, One Kill

Heroes available: Sniper heroes (Ana, Hanzo, Widowmaker)

Overly Defensive

Heroes available: Defense heroes (Bastion, Hanzo, Junkrat, Mei, Torbjörn, Widowmaker)

May have up to 2 of each hero per team

Show Your Support

Heroes available: Support heroes (Ana, Lúcio, Mercy, Symmetra, Zenyatta)

May have up to 2 of each hero per team

Super Shimada Bros.

Heroes available: Genji, Hanzo

Maps available: Hanamura

75% Ability cooldowns

50% Ultimate Charge rate

Tanks A Lot

Heroes available: Tank heroes (D.Va, Orisa, Reinhardt, Roadhog, Winston, Zarya)

May have up to 2 of each hero per team

This Is Ilios

Heroes available: Lúcio, Roadhog

Maps available: Ilios (Well only)

Total Mayhem

Maps available: Escort and Assault/Escort maps (Eichenwalde, Dorado, Hollywood, King’s Row, Numbani, Route 66, Watchpoint: Gibraltar)

200% Health

150% Ultimate Charge rate

25% Ability cooldowns

We’re All Soldiers Now

Heroes available: Soldier: 76

50% Health

50% Ability cooldowns

50% Ultimate Charge rate

Meanwhile, all the unavailable cosmetics will be unlocked, so if you missed something you really like, it might be available during the event. Available cosmetics include:

  • Player Icons – Player icons are avatars which are displayed to a player’s friends and group. They cannot be bought.
  • Skins – Skins modify the appearance of heroes with different colors or outfits. Some skins modify voice clips heard in-game.
  • Emotes – Emotes make the hero strike a pose or perform an action while in-game. They can be used through the communication wheel.
  • Sprays – Sprays can be put on surfaces by pressing the bound key or button.
  • Voice Lines – Voice lines make other players around the hero hear them say a phrase. They can be used through the communication wheel.
  • Victory Poses – Victory poses modify how a hero stands at the ending screen, if they won.
    Highlight Intros – Highlight intros customize the animation that is shown when a player gets Play of the Game.
  • Weapon Skins – Weapon skins modify the appearance of a hero’s weapon.

Overwatch is currently available for the PlayStation 4.