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New Overwatch League skin is a homage to the infamous GOATS meta

Brigitte! And she’s a goat!

Overwatch hero Brigitte holding her hammer wearing a purple and white GOAT skin Image: Blizzard Entertainment

There is one word nearly every Overwatch player hates to hear: GOATS. The GOATS meta — a strategy requiring all tanks and healers — dominated Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch League in 2019. A lot people hated it because it was boring to watch; tanks have a lot of health, and with three healers, they’re even more beefy. There’s a lot of strategy to it, but not necessarily visually interesting, as characters crash into each other over until one team outlasts the other.

Teams kept playing it, over and over, until Blizzard stepped in. In July 2019, Blizzard implemented the Overwatch role queue, which forced players into roles: two damage players, two support, and two tanks. And that, my friends, was the end of GOATS.

GOATS is gone but never forgotten; Blizzard is making sure of that. Today, the developer revealed a new skin that’ll be released ahead of the Overwatch League’s Feb. 8 kickoff: GOAT Brigitte.

“To celebrate the Greatest Of All Time,” Blizzard tweeted from the Overwatch League account. “GOAT Brigitte will be available February 6 to kick-off the start of #OWL2020.”

The skin’s actually pretty great, a riff on Brigitte’s standard armor but with purple and blue tones. It’s embellished with goat details, embedded in her armor and with horns on her head. Blizzard hasn’t said how much it’ll cost, though it will likely require Overwatch League Tokens. GOAT Brigitte will only be available from Feb. 6 to 19. We’ve reached out to Blizzard for pricing information.

Perhaps you don’t want to relive Overwatch’s meta nightmare? The game’s annual Lunar New Year event began today and introduced a bunch of new skins.

The Overwatch League’s third season begins Feb. 8 in New York.

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