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Coach claims OWL team told her “our players don’t want female coaches”

Published: 4/Dec/2019 22:59

by Michael Gwilliam

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Overwatch League coach Molly ‘Avalla’ Kim has claimed that one team she had applied for dismissed her due to the fact its players said they didn’t want a female coach.

Speaking with Blake Panasiewicz, Kim recalled how she had interviews with five different teams before she was picked up by the Washington Justice, becoming the first-ever female coach in the league. (Timestamp 39:30 for mobile viewers)

She noted how one thing she liked about the Justice was how quickly she was offered a contract, but with other teams, there would allegedly be a two-week gap from an interview opportunity and a tryout, making the process long and awkward.

Avalla went on to reveal that one team she had wanted to work with had gotten to a point where they were apparently discussing contract details, but the team told her, “sorry, but our players don’t want female coaches.”

At that point, Avalla was so sick of the long waiting process that she signed with the first team that offered her a contract.

She went into further detail later on the types of interview questions she would get when applying for teams. According to Kim, teams would ask her about having extra expenses while traveling as a female.

avalla_owAvalla was the Overwatch League’s first-ever female coach.

“I’m pretty sure those questions are illegal in the United States!” Panasiewicz exclaimed. “Something esports makes me so sad… people don’t seem to realize that there are actually questions that are illegal to ask people during interviews for very specific reasons in the United States.”

While Kim didn’t say what team asked her about travel expenses or which team’s players didn’t want a female coach, it’s certainly a bit of a black eye for the league, especially how it has taken it upon itself to celebrate diversity during events.

Avalla did, however, further claim that many other teams she spoke to didn’t ask questions related to her gender.

Ben Pursell For Blizzard EntertainmentThe Washington Justice had some growing pains as a Season 2 expansion squad.

As of December 4, Kim is still in the process of looking for a team for the 2020 season.

While the Overwatch League is dominated by males, it isn’t entirely made up of men. Se-yeon ‘Geguri’ Kim became the first female to join the league when she was signed by the Shanghai Dragons early into season one. In addition to the Justice signing the league first female coach in Avalla, on August 15, 2019, they announced Analynn ‘Bawlynn’ Dang would be the General Manager.

In their first season in the Overwatch League, the Justice finished 17th overall out of 20 teams in the regular season. However, the team closed out the regular season with an impressive 6-1 record when the meta shifted to role-lock in stage 4. Prior to stage 4, the team won a total of 2 matches throughout 21 games.

Cosplay

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.