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February 8, 2018

Blizzard Enables Strategic Skin Selection

Blizzard announced on Twitter that a long-awaited option of choosing your hero's skin on-the-fly will be live today with the Year of the Dog patch.  As seen in the picture, at the start of each match, a drop down menu is available for each hero.  For competitive Overwatch players, this may add an interesting strategic option to choose a skin that better suits the map or provides others advantages.  In talking with quite a few competitive players, certain skins are preferred as they can provide a small strategic edge.  For example, the "Night Ops" Soldier:76 skin may be better in nighttime environments to provide a sort of camouflage.  Of course, the potential advantage of a skin will be minimal as compared to being a better player mechanically and strategically.  It will be interesting to see how (and if) people choose to use this feature - even if there isn't much of a strategic edge to be gained, it is still a welcome addition to the game.