Dec 22 2016 - 4:52 pm

The 11 best Overwatch skins released in 2016

Witch Mercy wins it all, but that goes without saying.
Overwatch Staff Reporter
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Blizzard Entertainment launched Overwatch in May this year with a ton of fantastic skin options for its heroes. Then it kept adding more, and more, and more—the Olympic-themed event brought us soccer Lúcio, with the Halloween event came witch Mercy, and now the holiday event brings us Santa Torbjörn.

But not all skins are equal—even some of the extra-special event skins fall flat compared to the others. And that's why we must rate them.

These are the 11 best Overwatch skins released by Blizzard in 2016. They're arranged in no particular order, though it goes without saying that witch Mercy is the best skin that has ever existed, and will ever exist. I mean, those boots. That broom. Her voice lines. She's perfect.

Mechaqueen Pharah

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Though Blizzard doesn't explicitly state it, Pharah's Mechaqueen skin basically turns the Egyptian soldier into a Gundam toy—a model mech kit based on the anime show. Here's to hoping for a Bandai Namco and Blizzard team up, because we want a Pharah Gundam kit! Mechaqueen is a legendary skin for Pharah, and costs 1,000 Overwatch credits to unlock.

Rudolph Roadhog

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There's something so perfectly trashy about Overwatch's Rudolph Roadhog skin. Is it the Rudolph tattoo with the light up nose? The "HoHoHog" belt buckle with a grated crotch guard? The mismatched knee pads and horned shoe? Whatever it is, it works. It's the holidays in the way you'd expect Roadhog to celebrate. This skin is a bargain, too. For 750 Overwatch credits, Rudolph Roadhog can be yours.

Rescue Mei

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Rescue Mei squeaks out a win against fellow legendary skin Firefighter simply because of the pun in its name. After all, these two are basically the same skin in different colors. The little details in this skin—like her cheeks blackened by soot and the bright yellow safety helmet—set Rescue Mei apart from her others, which are essentially just warm jackets. Unlocking this skin costs 1,000 Overwatch credits.

Nuit Widowmaker

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Nuit is simply a recoloring of Widowmaker's Classic skin. As a rare skin, it costs only 75 Overwatch credits to unlock. There's simplicity and restraint in Widowmaker's Nuit skin, of which many of her legendary skins do not show. Her all-black suit with purple and red accents is Widowmaker in her truest form—stealthy, dark, and deadly.

Safari Winston

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It's a gorilla in a safari outfit, and it's perfect. A legendary skin that costs 1,000 Overwatch credits, Safari gives Winston khaki-ed out armor with circular specs and a fantastic mustache. If you're looking for more khaki, Winston's Explorer skin might be your thing. At Dot Esports, we like the pop of blue in Safari.

Witch Mercy

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Witch Mercy is the best skin in the game, but those who don't have it might never get it. A clever riff on her original skin, witch Mercy gets all the details right—the boots embellished with lightning bolts, a spellbook inscribed with "vitae," her Caduceus Staff masked as a broom.

At best, Blizzard will make the skin available again next Halloween. Those lucky enough to have nabbed witch Mercy during the Halloween event—or desperate enough to buy her—get some bonuses, too. Blizzard added a few witch Mercy voice lines to the game: "Did someone call for a witch?" and "My servants never die," among others.

Barbossa Torbjörn

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Despite his small stature, Torbjörn would have made a great pirate. He's crafty, which is really all a pirate needs. Thanks to Blizzard, Torbjörn also has a peg leg and a hook for a hand, which only adds to his pirate potential. Torbjörn's Barbossa pirate skin costs 1,000 Overwatch credits. Torbjörn's Blackbeard skin is very similar to Barbossa, except, well, for the color of his beard—and clothing.

Santaclad Torbjörn

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We knew it was coming, and it didn't disappoint. Santaclad Torbjörn is here, and it's perfect. His neatly braided white beard with jingle bells adorned the ends, the round glasses perched on his little red nose, the Christmas trees on his backpack like the star on top of the tree. Given all the extra detail, it's no surprise that Overwatch's Santaclad Torbjörn costs 3,000 Overwatch credits.


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Again, a pun in the name. We like that. Both D.Va's suit and mech get a buggy upgrade—in a good way—with the B.Va skin. The mech itself gets little extra wings and antennae, while D.Va dresses in a black and yellow suit with a new hairstyle. The whole look is fun and fierce, just like D.Va herself. A legendary skin, B.Va costs 1,000 Overwatch credits.

Champion Zarya

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Like with the Halloween skins, Overwatch's Olympic-themed event skins are no longer available. And that's sad for those of us who weren't able to pick up Zarya's champion skin. This skin imagines Zarya as a Russian weightlifter—and is completely bad-ass. Blizzard switched out Zarya's signature pink hair for a blonde pony tail and opted for traditional wrestling garb.

Oni Genji

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Oni Genji is the best Genji skin, by far. His white mask and red horns evoke tales of Japanese folklore, with bits of history hidden in details throughout the skin. The only downside is that it can't be earned simply by playing Overwatch; to unlock Oni Genji, players must head over to another Blizzard title—Heroes of the Storm. Playing 15 games of Heroes of the Storm with a buddy will unlock the skin, but it's only available until early January.

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