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Clever Overwatch trick makes Widowmaker more mobile

Published: 30/Nov/2019 11:10

by Joe O'Brien


An Overwatch player showed off a clever trick for jumping higher with Widowmaker without setting her grapple on cooldown.

Widowmaker can be among the more mobile heroes in the game with the use of her Grappling Hook – there are few locations which others can reach but she can’t – but the ability has a 10 second cooldown, and when it’s not available she’s no more mobile than any other hero, and less so than many.

One player, however – Reddit user HeluLeHaricot – has demonstrated a method of making Widowmaker more mobile, able to jump over objects she wouldn’t usually be able to, without setting her grappling hook on cooldown.

Blizzard EntertainmentWidowmaker’s Grappling Hook is one of her most important abilities.

The technique does technically use the grappling hook, although it makes use of a particular quirk of the ability – using it directly next to a wall will not set it on cooldown, but will provide a slight boost in momentum.

This small boost can be enough to make otherwise impassable objects, barriers and walls scalable without technically having to use grappling hook, which means the crucial ability can be saved for traveling a more significant distance, either to reach a key location quickly or to escape from a dive.


As HeluLeHaricot also points out, the uses for this trick are somewhat situational – it’s only useful for a very particular size of barrier, which is too high for a regular jump but still low enough to allow for this method to be used.

That being said, it’s still worth being aware of if you’re a Widowmaker player. Grappling Hook is an incredibly important ability for both positioning and as an escape tool, so keeping it off cooldown as often as possible is ideal.

The 10 seconds you’re without it may not seem like much on paper, but it’s more than long enough at Overwatch’s typical pace to be dived on and eliminated. Any instance in which you’re able to avoid using the grapple by instead employing this trick could ultimately save your life.


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.