Clever Overwatch tactic opens powerful new flank routes - Dexerto

Clever Overwatch tactic opens powerful new flank routes

Published: 13/Jan/2020 9:57

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player has demonstrated some incredibly effective flanks by combining Mei’s Ice Wall with Symmetra’s Teleporter.

Strong positioning is a major part of success in Overwatch, and streamer mycrazycatow showed off a creative tactic that allowed their attacking team on Rialto to completely out-position the enemy by creating a flank route that wouldn’t normally be possible.

The payload route through Rialto is surrounded by tall buildings, and many of strongest chokepoints for defenders to hold rely on the attacking team being forced between those buildings. By placing Mei’s Ice Wall on the roofs, however, the attackers were able to create a platform for Symmetra’s teleporter that was high enough to allow them to cross over.

Blizzard EntertainmentMei is currently considered one of the strongest characters in the game, but is getting nerfed soon.

This meant that in multiple locations, the attacking team could drop down behind the defenders, catching them unawares and wiping them out with ease.

Not only does the tactic offer the attacking team a means of getting behind their opponents, but due to where the wall and teleporter and placed compared to the enemies’ lines of sight, its very likely that the defenders wouldn’t even have been able to see the flank happening until it was already too late.

While mycrazycatow demonstrates the technique on Rialto specifically, it’s very possible that this tactic could be used in various locations on other maps to catch opponents off guard, so it’s worth testing it out to see where else it may be applied.

Mei is currently considered to be one of the most powerful characters in the game, and is consequently receiving some nerfs in the game’s next update, which is already in testing on the PTR. The inherent functionality of her abilities is something that the character will always be able to offer, however, and Mei players could certainly benefit from having as many tricks like this up their sleeves as possible.


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.