New Ayutthaya Map, CTF Mode and More

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The Overwatch Lunar new year event, Year of the Dog, kicks off tomorrow and Blizzard has some exciting new additions prepared. Blizzard received a lot of feedback from the community on capture the flag and this new map is the result of that feedback. "So we wanted to extend it to give more people a chance who are traveling to experience the event", said Kaplan in the update.

The new update is confirmed to feature a new map.

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One thing to keep in mind is that while any new Overwatch character skins introduced through the Lunar New Year 2018 event will only be found through loot boxes, the skins that were released alongside the event in 2017 should be purchasable with standard in-game currency. Blizzard is also planning a four-week competitive season dedicated to Capture the Flag. This is similar to Lucioball in the Summer Games event previous year, which also introduced the popular Cote D'Azur legendary skin of Widowmaker.

Will you be taking part in the Overwatch Year of the Dog festivities? The season will run for the entire duration of the Year of the Dog event, which itself has also been extended to four weeks this time around. For sudden death, each team's flag will be moved closer to the center of the map.

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This game mode originally launched during last year's Year of the Rooster event and was even playable in the Arcade mode. In a developer video today, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan started off by announcing that a new map, set in Thailand, is coming to Overwatch in the event. Specifically, the biggest grumble most fans had was the number of games which ended in draws. Speaking of Capture the Flag, Epic has done a bit of poking and prodding with this mode, with draws now removed in favour of a sudden death mechanic. So, now 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. If you manage to place in the top 500 you'll be rewarded with a special spray and player icon.

Furthermore, developers also prepared six new Legendary skins. Also, new legendary skins and highlights for 6 heroes, including Mercy and Genji, will be added as well.

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