‘Overwatch’ Christmas Emotes, Sprays and Skins: 11 secrets in the Winter Wonderland update

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Now that everyone finally has their hands on Overwatch's new Winter Wonderland update, it's time to take a break from pelting each other with snowballs and have a look at all the cool details and pop culture references players have found lurking in the new skins, emotes, sprays and maps.

Overwatch Christmas Secrets: Winter Wonderland skins, emotes, sprays and maps revealed

1. The intro screen shows Tracer, Torbjörn, Lúcio and Mei looking festive and cheery, but did you notice Scrooge McCree being a total creep in the background?

'Overwatch'Source: Blizzard Entertainment
'Overwatch'  Blizzard Entertainment

2. Zarya's "Mystery Gift" emote cycles through three different variations

Source: Blizzard Entertainment/GIPHY
Source: Blizzard Entertainment/GIPHY
Source: Blizzard Entertainment/GIPHY

3. Yes, Zarya's "Frosted" skin is pretty boring, but if you scrolled past it quickly in disappointment, you probably didn't notice it makes her gun fluorescent pink.

Zarya's "Frosted" skinSource: fly8fly/Blizzard Entertainment/YouTube
Zarya's "Frosted" skin  fly8fly/Blizzard Entertainment/YouTube

4. Like Zarya's "Frosted" skin, it's easy to glance at Mei's Santa-themed outfit and think there isn't much to it. However, when you use her Cryo Freeze ability with the new skin equipped, something pretty fantastic happens.

Source: Wongstah/Reddit/Blizzard Entertainment
Source: Wongstah/Reddit/Blizzard Entertainment

5. According to Reddit user reyt_nice, when you have Winston's "Yeti" skin equipped on the Nepal map, he'll say "Welcome to the Himalayas" — a reference to the Abominable Snowman character from Monsters, Inc.

Source: The Abominable Snowman AKA/YouTube

6. If you take a look at Roadhog's gun with the "Rudolph" skin equipped, you'll see a tag on it that shows it was a gift from Junkrat.

Source: Blizzard Entertainment
Source: Blizzard Entertainment

7. The Overwatch Twitter account teased Torbjörn's Santa skin back in 2014.

8. You can use the new ornament-style sprays to decorate the Christmas trees in the spawn rooms on Hanamura and King's Row.

Mercy's must always sit at the top of the tree, obviously.Source: Mitsiee/Reddit/Blizzard Entertainment/Imgur
Mercy's must always sit at the top of the tree, obviously.  Mitsiee/Reddit/Blizzard Entertainment/Imgur

9. Pharah and Reinhardt's ice fishing sprays interact with each other, which is sure to fire up the conspiracy theorists who think Reinhardt could be Pharah's father.

Source: Quadip/Blizzard Entertainment/Reddit
Source: Quadip/Blizzard Entertainment/Reddit

10. Similarly, Junkrat's and Roadhog's summery — because, you know, they're from the southern hemisphere — Christmas sprays interact.

11. According to Reddit user Ueseul, Genji's ornament spray references the fact that he had to be brought back from the brink of death with cybernetic enhancements. Specifically, the way his kimono is folded — right over left — is traditionally reserved for dressing the dead for burial.

Source: Gamepedia/Blizzard Entertainment
Source: Gamepedia/Blizzard Entertainment

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