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All-time buff and nerf list shows just how much Overwatch has changed

Published: 11/Jan/2020 20:57

by Bill Cooney

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One dedicated Overwatch fan has gone through all of the game’s updates to count the total number of official buffs and nerfs that have ever been added.

As is the case with most recent patch weeks in Overwatch, the list of new changes has sparked a conversation about ‘power creep’ in the game since release.

Power creep refers to a situation in any game where updates introduce more powerful units or abilities, leaving the older ones underpowered.

Quite a few fans have complained about the apparent power creep making its way into the game over time, so Twitter user isoanakin decided to go through each and every update to see for themselves.

Blizzard Entertainment.New heroes like Baptiste have also added to Overwatch’s power creep controversy.

“I went through every single Overwatch patch note since launch and documented every change made to a hero, categorising it as either a buff or a nerf,” isoanakin explained in a post on Reddit. “Using this method I found that in total there have been 351 buffs given to heroes, and 199 nerfs.”

“Obviously, this is a deeply imperfect measure of considering a history of buffs/nerfs to the game,” they admitted. “The patch notes provided by Blizzard were also not intended to be used this way, and their formatting and specificity has varied somewhat over the years.”

Even though it may not be a perfect measure of the total changes Overwatch has gone through, it does, as the user points out, “add weight to the current perception of power creep” in the community.

Other users on Reddit pointed out that nerfs and buffs that happen through bug fixes or are “unrecorded” are even more difficult to include and measure.

“Moira being able to heal through barriers was a “bug” so was mercy damage boosting dragon, etc,” Reddit user Relodie pointed out.

Isoanakin’s study may not have accounted for every single change that’s ever happened in Overwatch, but it does seem to show that updates, in general, have gone in favor of making heroes more powerful, rather than nerfing them.

Since release, Overwatch heroes have received 351 buffs and 199 nerfs. from Competitiveoverwatch

Overwatch just had a new PTR update on January 9 that once again, started up the debate about power creep among the game’s community.

It remains to be seen how the new patch will affect the game when it comes out, but the debate over power creep in Overwatch probably won’t be going away anytime soon.

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Overwatch cosplayer sprints into battle as Soldier 76 with female twist

Published: 24/Nov/2020 23:55 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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Cosplayers are no strangers to creating unique outfits based on Overwatch heroes and Hendoart proved to be no different with her stunning female take on Soldier 76.

Soldier 76 is one of the original classic Overwatch heroes, having been around since the game’s launch. With his iconic red, white, and blue jacket, mask, plus heavy pulse rifle, Jack Morrison can easily stand out in a crowd.

That all said, cosplayer and streamer Sarah ‘Hendoart’ Hendo decided to tackle the DPS hero from her own perspective, in what she called a “mini gender bend.”

As you can see from the photos, Hendo absolutely nailed the look of Soldier 76 getting the jacket, gloves, gun, and even biotic field down pat.

 

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Meanwhile, she also added some of her own flair. Thanks to her feminine figure, the outfit manages to take on a life of its own, especially with her flowing brown hair behind 76’s mask.

However, the best part comes in the form of a little video she created with a fellow Mercy cosplayer. In the clip, the battle-scarred Hendo begs for healing and even “spams” for it – a bit of a meme in the Overwatch community.

“Just a battle-damaged Soldier and a Mercy who dgaf about me,” she captioned the video.

 

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Eventually, the Mercy begins to nurse Hendo back to health and starts wrapping her arm in a bandage, and evaluates the rest of the hero’s injuries.

Hendo’s cosplays aren’t limited to just Overwatch either. She has cosplayed as many different DC and Marvel superheroes including Spider-Man, Harley Quinn, Joker, Mary Jane, and Venom just to name a few.

 

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Soldier 76 isn’t the only Overwatch cosplay she’s done either. In the past, she has done many different takes on the tank hero D.Va including her School Girl and Tangerine themed skins.

With Overwatch 2 on the way and multiple more heroes coming with the sequel, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen from Hendoart and quite frankly, we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.