Here's what we learned from opening 50 Overwatch PTR loot boxes

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Quite some kerfuffle yesterday with Blizzard's various random systems. Overwatch's new loot boxes promise "drastically reduced" duplicates and increases in the numbers of currency drops received. How much? We grabbed ten accounts and opened 50 boxes on PTR to find out.

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The big two takeaways are duplicates and currency drop rates. On duplicates, we found none at all, in 50 boxes. Some of the accounts they were opened on were quite low level, but we would expect most of those to have some duplicates in those five boxes. But there wasn't a single one, leading us to believe that Blizzard have shortcutted 'you won't get any duplicates until you run out of new items to get in that rarity' to the "drastically reduced" quote we've all heard.

On currencies, we saw 14 opened across 50 boxes, meaning around a 25-30% drop rate, we suspect. Six were epic and eight were rare (no legendary coin drops) and they had the same values as always, so no increase there. According to old data from our own findings (on page three of this article) and Reddit, this is a roughly 20% increase from the old numbers of just under 10%.

With the reduction in the feel bads from dupes, these seem like great changes. The only possible downside is you'll be getting less rare, epic, and legendary skin drops now in total, even if you have far more non-duplicate ones, because of the increase in currency drops. The algorithm may be tweaked slightly before it goes live, and at that time we can also investigate any possible changes to pity timers.

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Vextrinity Avatar
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1 Year ago

33 boxes opened.

1 legendary and 4 epics, I feel so unlucky.

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「Spaerk」 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Same, but at least my first one came out fairly early so I will get a pity-legendary soon.

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HersheySquirtle Avatar
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1 Year ago

Some interesting numbers. I haven't paid for any boxes since I play on both PS4 and PC, and I already hate the fact that I have to earn everything twice to begin with. I'm certainly not dropping any dough into loot boxes until such time that my unlocks sync with my connected PSN and Bnet accounts. Why are they even linked, anyway? =P

http://i.imgur.com/rFk3SNc.png

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Cashin31 Avatar
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1 Year ago

Guys I got three legendaries in a row. Level 14-16

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Cashin31 Avatar
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1 Year ago

I mean level 13-16

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ninjabunny Avatar
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1 Year ago

hey i got ultraviolet skin for tracer it was golden

how much did it cost

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koosgergely Avatar
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12 Months ago

im lvl 20 and i got 0 skins from boxes. No commons, no rare, no epic, no legendary. Only origin skins because i have origin edition.

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Dirt McGirt Avatar
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11 Months ago

25 earned boxes, one box with (2x) legendaries. It seems the pity pattern does exist with earned boxes as well

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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9 Months ago

Got Reinhardt's Halloween skin last night. Not exactly the one I wanted, as I already like the Bloodhardt skin I use, but I'll take it given the odds. I really want Skullyata!

"Pass into the skull."

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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9 Months ago

I guess I am in a fool's errand hoping to get as much legendary Halloween skins as possible.

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munka [NOMONITOR] Avatar
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3 Months ago

I just want to let you know I updated my overwatch loot box numbers https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/677g1m/it_takes_1250_loot_boxes_to_get_all_of_the_items/

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munka [NOMONITOR] Avatar
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2 Months ago

There was a bug. pls update your numbers!

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Doctor Pony Avatar
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1 Month ago

24 boxes here, not a single anniversary item. I am salty.

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