Blizzard confirm major changes to Overwatch Contenders for 2019 - Dexerto

Blizzard confirm major changes to Overwatch Contenders for 2019

Published: 30/Oct/2018 17:13

by Joe O'Brien


Further details regarding changes to the Overwatch Contenders format have been confirmed by Blizzard.

An official announcement has been made regarding the structure of Contenders for 2019 following several upcoming changes being leaked.

Most notably, the size of the various Contenders divisions will be reduced, from twelve teams down to just eight in most regions. This change has yet to be confirmed for China.

In North America, however, an additional Contenders division will be added, creating an “NA West” and “NA East” region, each of which will feature eight teams.

Meanwhile, a soft region lock will also be introduced in order to encourage teams to pick up local talent. Each team will have a maximum of three import slots. This will prevent scenarios such as Lucky Future Zenith, an all-Korean squad, dominating Contenders China in Season One and Two this year.

Going into the first season of 2019, only Overwatch League academy teams will be guaranteed a spot in their respective Contenders divisions. Existing Contenders teams not linked to an OWL franchise may have to re-qualify, regardless of their placement in the current Contenders Season Three.

It was also previously reported that Contenders would no longer feature any offline playoffs. No announcement was made on this front in the official post, only stating that Blizzard are “continuing to evaluate opportunities for cross-region play at live events.”

A report by Richard Lewis for VP Esports also revealed a recording of a meeting between league operations and team managers in which details of the changes were discussed.


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


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.