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Overwatch Year of the Rat - new game modes, challenges and cosmetics

Published: 13:54, 17 January 2020
Face Changer Sombra
Face Changer Sombra

Overwatch's Year of the Rat event is now live for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Switch. The Lunar update has brought a new CTF Blitz game mode to the Arcade, along with some new skins, emotes and more. The patch has also delivered some hero changes.

Overwatch's Lunar New Year event is now live for PC, Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. Brand-new rewards are up for grabs this year, so don’t forget to log in from now until 6 February 2020 to add some festive cosmetics to your collection.

We got a Year of the Rat player icon and an event loot box for signing in today.

Year of the Rat game modes:

Capture the flag has returned to the Overwatch arcade for the Lunar New Year event.

Capture the flag Blitz is a modified version of the game mode that has been introduced with the Lunar patch 2020. The flags in the new mode are much closer than before, located at the spots where overtime games typically go to. Instead of the usual three captures, you'll need six to win.

Weekly Challenges:

The weekly challenges are back and completing them will grant you time-limited rewards. As it goes with the Overwatch weekly challenges, three wins will net you a player icon, six wins bring a spray and nine grant an epic skin.


  • Week 1: Monk Doomfist
  • Week 2: Ancient Bronze Winston
  • Week 3: Paper Cutting Wrecking Ball

New Cosmetics:

  • Four Legendary skins
    • Opera Brigitte
    • Face Changer Sombra
    • Mask Dancer Moira
    • Samul Nori Lucio
  • Three Epic skins
  • Player icons, emotes, sprays

Overwatch Lunar New Year

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A man with an axe running through a forest in SCUM
Overwatch - Doomfist

The Lunar patch also brought some hero updates:


Immortality Field

  • Maximum duration reduced from 8 to 5 seconds
  • Cooldown increased from 20 to 25 seconds

Amplification Matrix - Ultimate cost increased by 20%


Endothermic Blaster

  • Slowing effect now reduces enemy movement speed from 20-70%, down from 30-90%
  • Slowing effect duration reduced from 1.5 to 1.0 second


Boosters - Cooldown decreased from 5 to 3 seconds


Fortify - Damage reduction reduced from 50% to 40%


Storm Bow - Maximum projectile speed reduced from 125 to 110


Rising Uppercut - Recovery time increased from 0.2 to 0.35 seconds

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