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Artist creates incredible Overwatch concepts for “Sisters of Mercy” skins

Published: 18/Sep/2019 20:54 Updated: 18/Sep/2019 21:36

by Bill Cooney

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Artist and Overwatch fan Grigory Lebidko has returned with two amazing new Mercy-inspired concepts called the “Sisters of Mercy” that look good enough to be added to the game right now.

Lebidko said he made the piece in his spare time and had already made concepts for a DPS and Tank, so he decided to finally make a support – and two healers are always better than one.

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It’s not the first time Lebidko has made impressive Overwatch fan art, back in 2018 he created a jaw-dropping skin concept that takes Reaper back to ancient Egypt.

Grigory Lebidko/used with permissionLibidko’s Sisters take a different look at Mercy.

The Mercy Sisters have arrived

Libidko created two different concepts for the sisters, which seem to be complete polar opposites of one another.

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We’ll start with the good sister (we assume) who looks similar to Mercy’s Pink charity skin. The pink sister has appropriately pink hair and a crown of roses on top of her head instead of Mercy’s usual halo.

Grigory Lebidko/used with permissionWho says Mercy doesn’t need any more pink skins?

On the other hand, the darker Mercy sister looks like an undead version of the healer, with skulls all over and a chain crown standing in for the halo.

For WarCraft fans, there are some serious Sylvannis Windrunner vibes coming from this concept, which only makes it fit into the Blizzard universe even more.

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The dark sister also has an awesome scythe instead of Mercy’s usual staff. It definitely looks like it doesn’t provide any healing, but we probably shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Grigory Lebidko/Used with permissionWe want to see that scythe in action.

Both sisters would make for great Mercy skins in the future, but with October coming right up, the “evil” sister does stand out as a fantastic idea for a Halloween Terror skin.

These concepts may just be fan art, but Libidko did a great job of making them look like they were pulled straight from Overwatch itself.

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Grigory Lebidko/Used with permissionThe concepts look so good, you’d think they were in the game if you didn’t know better.

Speaking of Halloween Terror, the event usually begins sometime around the start of October, so we could start to see some new skins teased in the next few weeks.

Whether a new Mercy skin is in the works remains to be seen, but there are sure to be a few gems for this year’s event.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.