Overwatch Lunar New Year 2020 Begins, With New Skins And CTF Mode

The Year of the Rat begins.


Overwatch has begun its annual Lunar New Year event, which means another special mode, new weekly challenges, and loads of themed skins to collect. The "Year of the Rat" event lasts from January 16 to February 6, and is available across all platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

The new game mode is CTF Brawl Blitz, a modified version of the standard Capture the Flag mode. It puts flags much closer than usual, but you'll need six flags (instead of the standard three) to win. You can also get cosmetic rewards by winning nine games in any mode each week. The weekly rewards are listed below.

Finally, there are a number of other cosmetics to collect through the usual means of randomized loot boxes or in-game currency. Those include the Legendary skins Opera Brigitte, Face-Changer Sombra, Mask Dancer Moira, and Samul Nori Lucio. The Sombra skin is a unique one, as it actually cycles between six different masks periodically. Those all join the Epic skins available through the weekly challenges, along with tons of icons, emotes, and sprays. You can check out the array of new skins below.

This event follows just a month after the Winter Wonderland event, so Blizzard has been dropping new goodies to collect fairly frequently. This is all while also working on Overwatch 2, which game director Jeff Kaplan said slowed the pace of seasonal events.

Weekly Challenge Rewards

  • Week 1: Monk Doomfist (Epic)
  • Week 2: Ancient Chinese Bronze Winston (Epic)
  • Week 3: Papercutting Wrecking Ball (Epic)
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